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Question regarding women in the industry

Discussion in 'General Industry Questions' started by JAdams, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. Bumpsteer

    Bumpsteer Senior Member

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    My input is different from everyones.....as a mechenical designer, I can't pick who I work for or with, everyone is a customer, be it male, female or a litte green man from mars. I have to get along with everyone turn out a finished project.

    I've never found a female engineer any different to work for.....they know their job and are qualified.

    Many years ago my employer hired a young lady as a detailer, hands down best one I ever had work for me. Explain the job, let her go, very nice drawings (no cad, still pencil & paper). Correct tolerances, fits, etc.......

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  2. missjeriblue

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    speaking only for myself, i, in no way try to compare myself to a man. everyone has their place in this world. do i think i can do a mans job? why would i? do i think i can do this one...i know i can. i believe that anyone with the willingness to listen and learn, to those who want to share their knowledge, can do anything, if they really want to.
     
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  3. Brodiesel

    Brodiesel Well-Known Member

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    IMG_3335.JPG My wife is a mechanic at Pape (a Kenworth truck dealer) in Stockton. She was hired on the spot with great pay. She works mostly as "triage tech", using laptops to diag different systems, Cummins and Paccar engines mostly. The fact is, she's good at what she does, she comes home and tells me about repairs she did and I don't even really know what she's talking about, ie: sensors and systems I have never even heard of. Everyone respects her and its awesome. The other fact is, girls (women) are often times just as good if not better than men given they don't use there stubborness and egos to get the job done, which can tend to poor decision making, wasted time and $$$, and broken sh*t. The other fact is, when it come to some of the heavier nasty work, pulling components in the summer heat, laying on gravel, working with minimal tools, while coolant and hot oil drip all over your face and hair, send a man in to do it! I just don't like the thought of my wife getting all dirty like that (though she has) I want her to get paid for her smarts!!

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  4. Hobbytime

    Hobbytime Senior Member

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    First off, with all due respect, cute looking wife, you lucky SOB...even better she can fix stuff...I know plenty of women I rather do work with( in many fields) than some men I know...everyone has their place in the work force..back in the WWI and WWII..guess who worked the factories building all the great equipment the guys used....women..because most of the men were at war...its just the way society has evolved in most places that the norm is men go out and do the heavy dirty work, but in reality the women can keep up or do better .....
     
  5. sled dog

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    The willingness to listen and learn is the KEY. Most all of us want to share what we know with someone who WANTS to learn. It makes teaching a joy !!! As for the female part, here's an example. I worked with some Ironheads years ago who told me they would rather have a woman on the crane. They knew a woman was not going to hurt them by being a cowboy and getting in a hurry. See? Oh, and the pic is my daughter. Good luck to you ! Sleddog
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  6. 92U 3406

    92U 3406 Well-Known Member

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    I think its great that more women want to get into non-traditional careers.
     
  7. Raildudes dad

    Raildudes dad Well-Known Member

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    My daughter is a civil engineer. She has always been fast and accurate starting with her internship with my employer. Not only that she knows the budget and stays within it. She is working for a consulting engineering company and does a lot of small projects for a small city. It still happens regularly that a contractor will call with a question on the plans and the receptionist will transfer the call to her. Once they hear a female voice, they say I want to talk to the engineer. When she says she is the engineer, some still want to talk with a man.
     
  8. DPete

    DPete Senior Member

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    Some of best belly dump drivers I've worked with have been women, the actually try to do what the dump man says.
     
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