Women in Automotive Technology

Women Wrench to Success

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Automotive Mechanics' starting salary is $16 to $32 an hour and the demand for women mechanics is growing. Master Mechanics make up to $100k!

Employer demand is so high that current CCSF Automotive Technology students are getting 4 to 5 job offers after completing one semester.

The City and County of San Francisco is now offering a new Automotive Pre-Apprenticeship program in partnership with CCSF that provides a financial stipend to participants.

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Women in Automotive Pre-Apprenticeship Program with the City & County of San Francisco and City College of San Francisco

This program is free for all students.

Please fill out our short Women in Automotive Pre-Apprenticeship Interest Survey no later than Tuesday, December 4th at midnight to help us better support your learning and career goals. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Interview with Patrice Banks - Auto Mechanic and Owner of Girls Auto Clinic & Clutch Beauty Bar - a female-friendly car repair shop and nail salon that empowers women through their vehicles. More videos with Patrice are available on her website. Plus, you can connect with other women in auto via her online community for #sheCanics!

News flash: Fox is filming a new comedy called "Patty's Auto" based on Patrice and her shop

Role Model Videos: Watch these women wrench to success!

"Women In High Demand In Male-Dominated Auto Technician Industry" from CBS Sacramento

"City of Edmonton Jobs: Trades - Apprentice Mechanic" Video Profile

Links to more videos!

Meet the First Female African-American Member of a NASCAR Pit Crew, March 5, 2018

In college, Brehanna Daniels played basketball, but she went pro in a very different sport, and made history doing so. Daniels is the first African-American woman to work as a member of a NASCAR pit crew...This year she moved up to NASCAR’s premier.

Two Women Open Female-Friendly Auto Repair Shop from CBS DFW, February 10, 2017

In an effort to make women feel more comfortable in the world of automobiles, two friends got behind the wheel and opened up their own auto repair shop in North Texas.

Female Diesel Mechanic Breaking Traditions, August 15, 2017

With females in her family having been around trucks their entire lives, Aymee Cunningham wanted to follow their footsteps. Landing a Diesel Mechanic position at Peterbilt of Joplin, Aymee has earned a lot of respect because of her talents and passion for trucks, and has even saved the day.

How I Became A Female Mechanic - 4 Tips For Starting In The Auto Trade, September 21, 2016 

This female auto technician made this video to talk about how she got started because she couldn’t find many videos out there like this for other women interested in auto technology.

Local Female Mechanic Makes a Name for Herself, February 6, 2015 

Spend the day following in the footsteps of Diane Price, female mechanic in charge.

Woman Owned Auto Shop - Audra Fordin from GeoBeats Inspirational Businesses, June 14, 2011

My names is Audra Fordin. I am the owner of Great Bear Auto Repair and Auto Body Shop in Flushing Queens, New York. I am a licensed auto-mechanic. I specialize in foreign, domestic and hybrid cars. ASC certified and New York state DMV inspector. I was no different than any other kid who want to hang out with her dad. He brought me into the shop and exposed me to an industry that I fell in love with.

Bogi Lateiner: From Pre-Law to Automotive Mechanic CBS News Video, December 10, 2010 

National news profile from 2010 telling Bogi Lateiner’s story of becoming a mechanic and starting my own garage. More about Bogi’s shop 180 Auto at http://www.180auto.com or more on Bogi at http://www.bogisgarage.com

Belle Meyer: Light Vehicle Apprenticeship, June 23, 2014 (Australia)

Belle Meyer is an apprentice mechanic who works at Lexus Sydney and studies at St George College. We follow Belle at College and her workplace.

Automotive Service Technician Apprentice Spends Scholarship on Tools, April 15, 2014 (Canada)

A year ago Kathleen Mahoney never imagined herself in coveralls working on cars. Now, she's doing her apprenticeship in the apprentice automotive service technician program. Kathleen won a scholarship after completing the automotive service technician pre-employment program. This short program gave her an overview of the automotive field and landed her an apprenticeship with a local dealership. She spent her scholarship on tools!

Carolyn Coquillette - Lead Auto Technician and Owner of Luscious Garage in San Fracisco - shares the experience asking herself 'what career is best for me?' and choosing to be a female mechanic because of the joy it brings her to fix things and help people every day. This interview is part of a series of 37 videos featuring women in auto from the TechForce Foundation. Watch more "Women Techs Rock" videos on YouTube!

Women in Automotive Technology Associations

The Automotive Women's Alliance Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit dedicated to the advancement of women in the automotive industry. AWAF raises funds to award academic scholarships for women seeking to enter or advance their automotive careers – 159 recipients for a total of $394,500 as of August 2018. They welcome members, sponsors and scholarship applicants from all areas of this dynamic industry who want to work together to create a more diverse and sustainable industry for the future.

Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF)


Women in Auto Care (WiAC)


  • Scholarships: WiAC has awarded over $300K in scholarships to female students studying to enter the auto care industry.  
  • Mentorship: Join WiAC’s mentorship program as a mentor or mentee. WiAC will partner women for a mentor relationship that will help them grow.  
  • Conferences: Check out upcoming events and see details from past conferences. 

The Women in Automotive was founded by six industry female leaders in partnership with Orlando-based JKR Advertising & Marketing. The group is particularly interested in empowering and developing women in the auto industry. This philosophy benefits both women and dealerships and will help facilitate the training and hiring of more females in dealerships. (Some scholarships are available to their annual conference.)

The International Women’s Automotive Society


"A place where women can learn and grow from a community driven to make a better tomorrow.” We are an organization built of women from all aspects of the automotive industry driven by the passion of what moves us. We are an organization aimed to develop a community of women to encourage, educate, assist, and create a positive impact for the women of tomorrow.

You can become a member to the Garage Sisterhood Collective and meet other ladies who have a love for working on cars, driving fast, and cheering on other ladies who want to be the best they can in the garage. The Garage Sisterhood Collective is about building each other up and continually encouraging other women to push themselves outside of their comfort zones.

Girls ‘N Garages Magazine: “The Garage Sisterhood Collective” 


Ladies, Start Your Engines is an automotive repair class for women that you can offer at your own facility. Taught by automotive expert Lori Johnson, the goal of this hands-on class is to empower the participants by giving each woman the confidence to perform her own light automotive maintenance.

Southern Automotive Women’s Forum


The Southern Automotive Women’s Forum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the personal and professional advancement of women in the automotive industry. SAWF achieves this mission by collaborating with industry partners to create educational, mentorship, and networking opportunities for its members. Our members serve as strong role models for one another and for young women of all ages who are interested in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with the hope that they will apply these skills to the automotive industry of the future. Since its inception in 2010, SAWF has also awarded over $285,000 in scholarship funds to young women beginning their careers in STEM and to women seeking to enhance their opportunities.

Dealerships that welcome and invest in women have the opportunity to create a strategic advantage. Together, women are creating a positive change in our industry that’s being felt around the world. Since our very first WRN meeting more than 15 years ago, our network has evolved in a number of ways. But our business priorities remain constant. WRN is fully dedicated to elevating the profitability, growth and retention for our dealers. Since our start, we’ve developed new tools and training that give all GM women in automotive retail the power to succeed and reach their true potential.

Women’s Industry Network (WIN)


The WIN network is a not-for-profit organization, driving the future of collision repair by attracting, developing, and advancing women. We recognize excellence, promote leadership, and foster a network among collision repair professionals, especially women.

SBN Provides Automotive Industry Women with Opportunities to Connect at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show

SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN)

Next Gear-Up Girl Networking Event: October 29, 2018 in Las Vegas

The Gear-Up Girl program, to be held from 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. on October 29, 2018 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, is entering its 7th year and is designed to connect women currently working in the industry with female students who aspire to become automotive aftermarket professionals. Starting in 2011, SBN partnered with the SEMA Education Student Program to celebrate female automotive professionals and raise awareness in students that there are a multitude of career paths that align with a variety of student interests and studies. Students have the opportunity to network and meet women in the industry during the event. They're encouraged to ask questions of seasoned veterans about their professions, how they got to where they are today, and their interests in working in the auto industry.

GlasWeld Announces Program to Support the Growth of Women In The Auto Glass Repair Industry


GlasWeld has announced the launch of an innovative new program called “#WomenRockRepair.” This new program will serve as a platform to assist in establishing women-owned small businesses and the hiring of more women technicians within the glass repair industry. It is designed to inspire and support women technicians through competition sponsorship, mentoring, and hands-on training as well as operational and business support for women interested in entering the field.

Online Communities: Connect with other women in auto!

The #sheCANic® community was created by Girls Auto Clinic to be a safe, judgment-free space to ask your car-related questions, a supportive place to talk freely about your car-related struggles and triumphs and an inclusive space to connect with other women determined to gain empowerment and feel good about owning their cars! Also, you will get exclusives on Girls Auto Clinic services, products, and events!! Share the wealth with other women who you think would be interested in this group. Members · 7,583 

The Female Mechanics Alliance is an active community of 1,460 members that, “focuses our awesome female prowess into one spot where we can share, network and encourage; heavy on the encourage.”

Women Auto Know is a Twitter account run by Audra Fordin, Certified Auto Mechanic, Shop Owner & Mom, on a mission to educate an empower women of all ages to be safe, confident & knowledgeable about their car and auto care.

Accelerating the role of women in the automotive industry. #WomenInAuto

Ask Patty: Automotive Advice for Women


AskPatty.com, Inc. takes a two-pronged approach to revolutionizing the women's automotive retail market: For consumers, the AskPatty.com website, is a safe and reliable source for expert automotive advice and research. For auto dealers, tire dealers, collision centers, auto service and repair centers, the revolutionary AskPatty.com Certified Female Friendly® program, designed from the ground up, trains and certifies automotive retail and service centers on how to attract, sell, retain and increase loyalty with women customers.

We're a community of automotive professionals, across all disciplines, working to educate, mentor and empower women currently in the auto industry, and promoting automotive careers as a rewarding option for a new generation of women business leaders. Join us and get involved in a way that can really help advance women in the industry. Read stories of women making the news for making a difference. Be inspired by the monthly "Lead the Way" newsletter. Become a part of the LinkedIn group and attend the conference.

This group is for female mechanics, or females interested in getting into the trade. Our goal is to connect woman in the industry, discuss work, share tips and have a little fun at the same time!

Women of Automotive on Facebook

The International Women's Automotive Society

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/womenofautomotive

We are an organization built of over 1,900 women from all aspects of the automotive industry driven by the passion of what moves us.

Women Techs Rock by TechForce Foundation 

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/womentechsrock

New online community from TechForce Foundation for women technicians to connect.

Women that are car enthusiasts. Over 32,731 followers.

Contact Us

Margot Reed  

ApprenticeshipSF Program Manager

City and County of San Francisco

Email: jaberg [at] ccsf.edu 

Phone: (415) 452-7122 

Jonathan Berg 

Employment & Training Specialist

City College of San Francisco

We’re here if you have any questions about anything – call or email us anytime.

Monique Forster Pascual 

Director of Apprenticeship & ISA

City College of San Francisco