Humans of KiwiRail - Dodie

Apprentice Mechanical Engineer, Hutt Workshops

“I'm the only female apprentice on the floor, I work with over 100 men. I guess it can be new ground for some people who haven’t worked with a female in a mechanical or heavy industry environment before, and aren’t sure what to expect. That’s ok though. I think it’s great being a part of a new dynamic and I wouldn't enjoy my workplace as much if it wasn't for the people I work with, they’re very supportive and open which helps a lot.

"In the past I’ve worked with people who expressed their belief that women don’t belong in the engineering industry. I took that as a challenge and eventually made them change their way of thinking. 

“I'll be finishing up my apprenticeship this year. It’s been a long, not always easy journey but I value both the good and the bad experiences that have gotten me to where I am today. I hadn't had any exposure to mechanics or engineering growing up, but I’ve always been a hands on person and never liked doing the stereotypical ‘girl thing’. I stumbled onto automotive one day and just gave it a go. I was hooked on how mechanics worked, the practical thinking that goes into fixing things and decided it’s the career I want to pursue.

"After nearly 10 years of working within the mechanical industry, I’ll finally have reached my goal of being a fully qualified tradesperson. That’s definitely something to be proud of.”

There are around 3400 people working at KiwiRail, and all of them have an interesting story to tell. We wanted to share some of them with you, so we created the #HumansOfKiwiRail Facebook campaign. For more profiles, check out our Facebook page.

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