Among 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."