Workshop Personnel

A Role Not Traditionally Seen as Attractive to Women

a role not traditionally seen as attractive to women

Truck technician is a role not traditionally seen as attractive to women, but, in recent years, more and more women are taking on roles not usually fulfilled by women. One example is Scania Australia, where, across the business, women comprise 16.5 per cent of the workforce. 

There is growth in the number of women at Scania moving into roles such as technician, apprentice technician, and joining the parts and warehouse teams. To celebrate International Women’s Day in 2022, Scania decided to showcase two women from its workshop teams who are proving that gender is no barrier to a fulfilling career within the truck industry.

Belinda Fonda

a role not traditionally seen as attractive to women

Scania apprentice technician Belinda Fonda grew up around trucks, and originally started out as a light engine apprentice, working on motorcycles.

Her passion for engines started with dirt bikes at age 11, and in recent times Belinda has been competing in the Women’s Seniors category in local club events aboard a Honda CRF 150cc two-wheeler.

Now, however, Belinda has graduated to bigger, diesel-powered trucks to work on during the week, commencing a four-year dual trades apprenticeship to become not only a diesel tech but an auto electrician as well.

“I’m learning my way around the wires,” says Belinda. “The diesel hardware is straightforward, but the wiring is new.”

With just a few weeks of the Scania apprenticeship completed, Belinda says she is fitting in quickly at the Scania branch at Campbellfield, adjoining Scania’s Dealer Support Centre.

a role not traditionally seen as attractive to women

“We were straight onto the tools and getting into it,” says Belinda. “There are a few other apprentices, and there’s a good atmosphere. I’m looking forward to learning a lot about Scania’s technology. 

“There’s a good structure in the way Scania looks after and encourages its apprentices, starting with the basics, and I already feel like I have learned a lot. Down the track when I am qualified, I would like to work on trucks in the mines.

“A couple of years ago, I got into dirt bike racing after attending a ‘come and try’ day on International Women’s Day at the Broadford track. I met a few women there who like me were keen on racing.”

Julianne Morell

a role not traditionally seen as attractive to women

Scania Australia’s heavy vehicle technician Julianne Morell has four children and a fifth on the way, so she is used to multitasking and happy in a role not traditionally seen as attractive to women.

She started working at Scania’s Prestons company-owned branch in October 2019, though, for now, she is off the tools and driving a desk, but is very enthusiastic about her career path through Scania to date.

“I started as a qualified technician and really enjoy the atmosphere and cultural interaction at Scania,” says Julianne. “As a qualified female technician, it can feel a little daunting walking into a male dominated workshop, although from the first day here I felt a warm welcome from my co-workers. I have been treated as an equal and fairly, which was exactly what I was hoping for, and found my feet pretty quick, so I do feel at home with Scania here in Prestons.”

One of the Scania benefits is a commitment to ongoing upskilling throughout a technician’s career, keeping pace with innovation and the rollout of new systems and features.

“We have a lot of training provided to learn the product and operational functions, and use a number of digital tools to keep on top of the technology,” says Julianne. “Scania has provided flexibility, understanding and is very family orientated. They are a very supportive company from management down.”

a role not traditionally seen as attractive to women

While she is off the tools, Julianne has been able to soak up new experiences in other parts of the workshop, heading the front desk and meeting with customers.

“During my time with Scania I’ve developed my skills and learning across different areas,” says Julianne. “While I started as a technician, working on the product in the workshop, I’ve also had exposure to working as a Customer Service Advisor, which gives a good understanding of what our customers expect. With my technical expertise I’m able to understand their truck’s mechanical issues and ensure an accurate picture of the problem is conveyed to the technician who is given the job to fix it.

“My current role is assisting the invoice team in completing the work orders and closing them off to invoice. 

“Scania is a good place to work. The company offers a variety of different opportunities to build and develop your own personal skills and so grow with the company. I am really looking forward to visit the Scania national training centre in Melbourne, something that was derailed by COVID.”

a role not traditionally seen as attractive to women

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