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Traditionally a male-dominated area, the Automotive Refinishing
Technology course at Sydney TAFE has seen a noticeable increase in the
female enrolments. This line of study can lead to jobs in smash
repairs, painting and restoration.
"The ever-changing technology, procedures, special effects and
finishes used in the industry keeps it fresh and challenging and the
diversity and scope of work gives students excellent grounding… it's a
dynamic trade," said Garry Clear from Sydney TAFE. "Skills
are transferable, shifting into refinishing areas such as industrial
coating, kitchen, glass and even furniture coatings."
Megan Riley, 22, from Eastwood in Sydney, is one example of the new
wave of women eager to explore this industry area.
"I applied for a job as a detailer (car washer) and took an
interest in the painting side," she said. "I was asked to
help out in the paint shop, preparing and sanding car parts for the
head painter. I enjoyed working in the paint shop so much that when I
was offered an apprenticeship I agreed."