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Hello, my name is Teresa Ley. I'm aspiring to be a female mechanic. More specifically motorcycle mechanics and fabrication. I've been working as the only female AAA field Technician in LA and OC for the last 13 months until my job was unexpectedly ripped away from me with no reason provided! I loved my job with a burning passion and instead of looking to get even I just want to get better. Was hoping to reach out to other female mechanics to hear their journeys and the obstacles they've had to over come. Maybe even point me in the right direction? Please contact me at your earliest convenience. Thank You :) email: teresa.ley@outlook.com phone: 310-857-0937

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Jessica Howe, Automotive Expert & Coach at AskPatty.com

Hello Teresa, 

Being the only female technician can be rough, and I did not last long in that kind of environment either. The lack of pay equality in the industry is quite aggressive. I was often offered a much lower starting rate than men I graduated college with. Hang tight, as there are many decent shops that will respect you professionally. Finding that environment is often the hardest part. Don't stop looking, or start something of your own. If you have not received formal training, this is a great place to start. I got my foot in the door at my local community college, and I wish I could take those classes all over again. They were invaluable.

I simply answer questions for our clientele, but I will pass your information along. Thank you for writing in. 


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