Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Diesel Fitter an Outstanding Tradeswoman

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Diesel Fitter an Outstanding Tradeswoman

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A CHEF who hung up her apron to be a diesel fitter has been named Outstanding Queensland Tradeswoman, Operator or Technician in this year's International Women's Day Resources Awards for Women.

Fourth year BMA apprentice diesel fitter Carolyn Dobson (right) was presented the award in Brisbane before an audience of almost 900 people statewide.

Ms Dobson had a dream, and it was to travel Australia as a chef.

However, the dream soon morphed into a love of all things mechanical when she started an auto-mechanics course to equip herself to fix her vehicle if she broke down in the outback.

After finishing some work experience with a local mechanic, Toy's, in her home suburb of Redcliffe, she went back to the kitchen to finish her chef's apprenticeship, but not for long.

"The more time I spent in the kitchen, the more I realised that it wasn't for me, and I would much rather still be at Toy's," Ms Dobson said.

"That's when a family friend who worked for BMA told me about the apprenticeships that were offered every year. …

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