New Boots Spotlight on Women in Trades October 2018
Shelby Lyman is a newly Red Seal Automotive Service Technician (AST), who resides in Westriver, NB. Growing up, Shelby was surrounded by mechanically inclined family members, which allowed her to pick up her skills naturally. Her grandfather is a licenced automotive service technician himself. However, it was the purchase of her first car that really sparked her interest in automotive repair. After high school, Shelby attended the 1-year AST pre-employment program at NBCC Moncton. With the full support of her family, she returned to the same campus to complete her block training and Red Seal exam. Way to go Shelby! Shelby's success and determination shines through. Employed through Ambulance NB, she is directly involved with maintaining a large fleet of essential emergency vehicles for our province. Her career allows her to constantly improve her skills through hands on problem-based learning techniques. No work day is ever the same for Shelby.
Her advice to women considering trades is simple. "If a trade is what you want to do, then do it, don't let anything get in your way. Never be afraid to ask questions.". She also encourages women to be prepared for the physically demanding and dirty aspects of the trades they are wishing to pursue. However, if you truly have a passion for what you do, these aspects will not outweigh the rewarding aspects of your career. Did you know Automotive Service Technicians are referred to as vehicle surgeons? They are trained to properly diagnose, service and repair a large range of vehicle issues.
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