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Moving to Australia opened up many new opportunities for Jinmi Song. After initially pursuing a career in beauty, she soon found herself able to follow her true passion in automotive technology.

Jinmi is now challenging the status quo in the male-dominated automotive industry by studying to become a truck mechanic. She's already breaking through barriers as the first female Korean student to study the Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology (AUR31116) at the TAFE Queensland Ashmore campus. 

For Jinmi, it was that initial decision to study on the Gold Coast that opened up the opportunity for an automotive career.

“As a child I didn’t have the chance to learn anything related to automotive studies back in Korea,” Jinmi said.

“On my arrival in Australia five years ago, I initially completed a beauty course before undertaking a two year light automotive apprenticeship at another local RTO.

“This course opened up my interest and knowledge in engineering and I wanted to study further so I enrolled in the Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology at TAFE Queensland. I thoroughly enjoy learning how to diagnose problems and repair the trucks,” she said. 

Jinmi put her new skills in vehicle diagnostics into practise during her vocational placement at Daimler Trucks Gold Coast. As part of the service team she gained practical experience repairing trucks in their workshop. During her placement Jinmi again broke the mould, not only as the first female technician that Daimler Trucks have employed, but also as their first vocational placement student.

James Davidson, Service Manager for Daimler Trucks said he was proud to see equal opportunities for women in the mechanical industry. 

“Jinmi is on point with her detail to servicing and applies herself extremely well. She mixes it up well with the guys and matches them on the physical aspects of the role too,” Mr Davidson said.

“She is an asset to our organisation and should the opportunity arise to place her permanently, we would have no hesitation in offering her a role in the future,” he said. 

On successful completion of her qualification, Jinmi hopes to gain a permanent position as a qualified heavy vehicle tradesperson and continue her career in the automotive industry.  

"I pretty much enjoy working with men but it doesn't matter if you work with men or women, your mind is important and it is worth learning and studying," she said.


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