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October 08, 2018   |   FleetOwner

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Anna Rosas: From fixing army tanks to diesel engines


Even as women continue to gain more recognition and traction in transportation and logistics, it’s still pretty uncommon to see women behind the wheel of a truck or to see more than one or two female executives at a time in company board meetings. But what’s even rarer is to see a woman working in the maintenance shop. 

Well, meet one. Twenty-six-year-old Anna Rosas lives in Topeka, KS, and she’s a diesel technician for Ryder System Inc. She’s been working for Ryder for about a year now, and before that — from 2014 to 2017 — she served as a tank mechanic in the U.S. Army.

“I enjoy the feeling of making something work that didn’t work,” she explained. “To be honest, I love meeting all the customers. They come in distraught and their truck is broken down, and I love the feeling of fixing that problem for them as quickly as I can. I feel like I am making a difference to them.”

As for other women considering trucking or working as a diesel technician as a career choice, Rosas urges them to go for it and not be afraid to ask questions.

“Don’t be afraid of it,” she stressed. “I believe if you’re doing the hard work and treat people respectfully, then it doesn’t matter where you’re going to go. They’re going to accept you. If you have questions, just do what I did and ask people what it’s like. Talk to someone personally. Maybe find another female mechanic and ask them one-on-one questions about what it’s like. It’s not as intimidating as some people make it out to be.”

 


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