Lara Gibson is an Automotive Technician based in Melbourne, who applies her wizardry knowledge and skill to get hundreds of cars back on the road each year. It’s always cool to dig in deeper to jobs that many of us take for granted. Having vehicles, many of us rely on people like Lara to ensure they stay on the road. Not always the easiest of jobs to have and there’s a lot of pressure, especially when you’re working in a high volume, fast-paced major city workshop like Lara does.
Vehicles these days are complex products that are comprised of a multitude of computers (in simple terms). Long gone are the days of lifting the hood and seeing the problem visually or quickly. It’s common place to now rely on a diagnostic fault finding tool to locate and identify potential issues, that assist the Technician in guiding them toward the component that requires attention.
Lara and I talk about how she fell into the automotive world as an apprentice and gradually built up experience working in the smaller town of Wodonga before moving to Melbourne to continue to develop her skills and expertise. We cover the differences between the terms Mechanic and Technician and also discuss what happens on a day to day basis in a workshop. A place where many of us don’t get to see beyond the point of where we drop off our car.
Lara is one of the higher qualified Automotive Technicians in the country and being a woman certainly encourages more to follow in her footsteps and have more representation in the industry. Hopefully Lara’s story provides some inspiration for others looking to make their own mark in a workshop. Enjoy!
Here’s a few of videos I found on YouTube which give further insight into Lara’s world.