Jessica Harper — Automotive Technician

Jessica Harper — Automotive Technician


Hi, my name is Jess, I am currently doing an apprenticeship in light vehicle automotive mechanics.
I decided to become a mechanic because I just fell in love with the industry.
I did a lot of work experience while I was at school which really drove me to decide to become an apprentice.
School sort of introduced me to MITA. They gave me the forms and stuff, because you have to pass an aptitude test to get in to the college.
One day a week I go to TAFE at MITA which is really good. I really enjoy my studies at TAFE.
It gives you a different perspective of the more technical side of stuff you learn at the books. And the rest of the week I am on the job training at Holden.
You sort of go to TAFE and work out how everything works and you come back to work and you are like, this is why its broken, or this is why it is damaged.
I’ve got two other girls in my TAFE class and there is one other apprentice at my workplace, which is really good, so I’m not the only one out there.
I don’t think it is a bad choice for a girl to get into because I think it is a really positive industry.
And it’s changed now, it’s not so much male dominated any more.
I drag race as a hobby and it’s definitely one of my major passions. I race down at Kwinana.
Because it’s me and my crew working on the car, I don’t have another mechanic, we sort’ve all work together,
and work on the car and we’ve got to know how it works and why it’s not working and tuning it to make it go faster.
So everything I learn at TAFE and on the job really applies to my hobby.
Definitely very rewarding because you see a car come in and its not running right, its misfiring, its broken and you know you work on it all day.
And, oh, it’s a pain in the bum but you see it go out, drive out, and its all fixed, so you think, you know, it was worth all the pain and knuckle busting and everything.


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