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Female student seeks to change the face of diesel repair

Voorheesville student is breaking the mold at CTE

Victoria Carl works on a diesel engineAmong the plethora of young men studying to become diesel mechanics at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) you will find one noticeable exception — Victoria Carl.

Carl, who attends CTE from Voorheesville, aspires to a career as a diesel mechanic. That makes her one of a very small percentage of women interested in the field. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, of the 339,000 diesel mechanics employed nationally, fewer than 1 percent are female.

"I want to be a diagnostic technician for diesel engines," said Carl. "When I graduate from here,
I plan to go college — I don't know where yet — to get a degree in diesel mechanics."

Carl doesn't mind learning the ins and outs of diesel mechanics in classroom filled with guys.

"It's very entertaining. I have made lots of friends," said Carl. "They are good. I have learned a lot from them."

Asked what drew her to a career working on big engines, Carl said, "I have always been interested in trucks and mechanics and just tinkering around."






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