We continue our visit with InC Auto Repair Center shop co-owner Sheryl Brown to learn more about how she got into the business of automotive and truck repairs. Did she ever worked on cars herself? Or did she just love what was happening in the Denver shop? What she would say to young women thinking about a career as an auto mechanic? All this and more, here’s Part 2.
Q: Did you ever consider becoming a mechanic? If not, why? Would you ever consider going in that direction now?
Sheryl: Quick answer: no I never wanted to be a mechanic. What I really like about cars is understanding how they work and being able to explain it to our customers. That’s my goal: help customers understand what’s happening with their car or truck. I want them to feel comfortable with the repairs that our expert crew are recommending.
Being an independent woman though, I have learned how to do some very basic items like an oil change and how to change a tire but never had the desire to actually work on cars.
Q: What would you say to young girls in middle and high school who are considering taking an auto shop class at their school or follow-up at a vocational technology school?
Sheryl: I would definitely encourage young girls or women to for it. We are living in an ever-evolving automotive repair industry and the possibilities are endless. I love the idea of more women getting into this industry. Women have the ability look at vehicles in a very new and different way … everything from designing vehicles to repairing them. We have the opportunity to change the face of the industry.
We’ll be back again soon with more of this series of conversations with Sheryl Brown, of InC Auto Repair Center located in the Cottonwood Shopping Center, Parker, Colorado.
Here’s a link to all three of our conversations with Sheryl Brown:
Sheryl Brown: Keeping Pace with Automotive Technology – Convo #3
Sheryl Brown: Women in the Auto Repair Industry – Convo #2
Sheryl Brown: Conversation with Sheryl Brown – Convo #1
Make sure you catch up on the other conversations we had with key members of the InC Auto Repair Team:
Ron Thrall, Service Advisor: Life as an Automotive Service Advisor
John Baranski, ASE Technician: How to Become an ASE Mechanic Convo #1
John Baranski, ASE Technician: Life as an ASE Lead Tech Mechanic Convo #2
Michael Reed, Technician: Inspiration: Driveway Tinkering Births Mechanic Convo #1
Michael Reed, Technician: Mechanic’s Memoir: First Car & Favorite Toosl (coming soon) Convo #2