I’m a female tradie & men tell me I’m ‘too good looking’ to be a mechanic – it’s so annoying, I’m amazing a… – The US Sun

A FEMALE tradie who has been told she's "too good looking to be a mechanic" says people are always "amazed" that it's her job.
Katie Brown, 35, from Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland, is an automotive technician who travels from job to job in a specialised van.
Since being in the industry for over 15 years, she's received a handful of creepy comments from strangers outside of work.
Now, she's "proud" to be breaking down gender stereotypes and show that the automotive industry is just as much a place for women as it is for men.
Speaking exclusively to Fabulous Digital, Katie, who is also a mum, says: "I've been told on multiple occasions that 'you’re too good looking to be a mechanic.'
"It's usually on nights out when I'm meeting new people and they ask what I do for a living.
"People are amazed that it’s my job."
Amongst the other unwanted comments she's received from stranger include: "Don't work like that you're turning me on" and "if it's got t**s or tyres it's going to be a problem."
She continues: "I also get the odd comment from people outside of work saying things like 'why are you all dolled up? I thought you were supposed to be a mechanic?.'"
But Katie says she's never received any remarks about her looks while at work – adding that her colleagues "wouldn’t dream of saying something," while her customers are "usually very respectful."
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The 35-year-old tradie, who was brought up around cars and tractors, was first inspired to get into the automotive industry by her dad.
"I always loved to pitch in," she explains. "When I was 19, I found myself in between jobs, when I saw an advert for a trainee ‘fast fitter’.
"The job would entail fitting tyres, new brakes, exhausts, and conducting services.
"I thought, 'I could do that, why not apply?' So, I did and haven't looked back – 15 years later and here I am."

But the successful mechanic admits her loved ones were taken by surprise when she first revealed her desired career path.
"Initially my friends and family thought I was joking and didn't really take me seriously," she explains.
"My guy friends who all knew a bit about cars would quiz me on the things that I was learning.
I've been told on multiple occasions that 'you’re too good looking to be a mechanic.'
"I think sometimes my female friends would get a bit jealous because the boys wanted to chat to me instead about cars."
In her early days, Katie says she'd always hear the same one comment when she told people what her job was: "Only men should be mechanics."
She admits: "It used to really annoy me, but I had a few responses ready in my back pocket whenever someone said it: 'Women are perfectly capable of being a mechanic'; 'if it's only a man's job then why has a national company employed me?'; and my favourite: 'If a woman can't do it, then why don't you fix it yourself?'"
Katie's day-to-day routine as a mechanic starts the night before, when she checks her diary to make sure she's got all of the following day’s parts ordered and ready for collection in the morning.
"I drive about 45 minutes to collect the parts before calling my customers to gather key information for the job," she says.
"When I arrive at each location, I like to greet the customer and talk through the issue.
"I then get cracking, first conducting safety checks on the vehicle before carrying out the job as required.
"I then explain to the customer what work I’ve carried out and any additional issues I may have identified…
"Once I'm finished all my jobs, I like to give my van a quick clean to make sure it’s all organised, and then I head home."
The hardworking mechanic says she's "so, so proud" of herself and all other female tradies who are breaking down gender stereotypes in what is a stereotypically male industry.
"We are strong and an inspiration to one another," she enthuses.
"I think our industry has come a very long way, and mechanics in general are not what many people may have in mind.
"Today’s cars are so sophisticated and technical, that we have to go through a huge amount of training to do what we do.
"So, I’m really proud of not just changing perceptions of what jobs people think a woman can do, but also what people think a mechanic is too."
And according to Katie, there are endless pros of being a female tradie in the automotive industry.
"Women can really thrive in the automotive industry as we naturally bring some really important skills with us," she says.
I’m really proud of not just changing perceptions of what jobs people think a woman can do, but also what people think a mechanic is too.
"It’s not to say men don’t too, but I have a lot of patience, I’m good at multi-tasking (I have to as a mum!), I’m a good listener and people feel comfortable in my company, which means they feel comfortable asking me for advice.
"I think it’s those sorts of skills which really help my female colleagues who work in sales to do so well."
Now, Katie is keen to encourage other young girls to follow their dreams of becoming a female tradie.
"My workplace treats everyone equally and I don't feel that I have ever been treated any differently to my male colleagues," she says.
"The opportunities are all the same, and I've never felt excluded from anything.
"To the future generations of young women who would like to come into automotive industry, I'd like to say be strong and fearless.
"Take every opportunity and consume the information you get.
"The industry is moving forward at a fast pace and needs young hungry minds to help us build and grow the future of automotive."
Erin Baker, Auto Trader’s Editorial Director comments: “There has never been a better time for women to join, and excel in, the automotive industry.
"The transition from the combustion engine to electric has opened up entirely new career opportunities.
"Women are filling positions at every stage of the pipeline, from social media managers to sales managers, designers, technicians, journalists, and digital retailers.”
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