Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Nishida has been in love with automobiles, particularly trucks, since she was small, so it was natural for her to look for a mechanic job. At her busy Gemba, which takes 450-500 trucks into its workshop every month, she has been working hard on trucks with passion.
Why did you want to be a mechanic of trucks?
Because my father loved automobiles, I’ve been familiar with cars ever since I was young. While my father repaired old cars, I thought, “That’s cool!” I especially liked heavy-duty vehicles, namely working vehicles and eventually aspired to get a job related to trucks and machinery. With all my heart, I went to an automobile technical school, and it was natural for me to become a mechanic.
What are the difficulties of being a female mechanic?
At the beginning, I couldn’t lift up heavy parts and tools and it took me some time to learn how to handle them. I often had muscle pains. Now I’m gradually getting the hang of things. My muscles have also been stronger; now I can lift large tires and tools.
My workplace is hot in summer and cold in winter. It’s tough. Also, we use kerosene and thinner, as well as detergent and hot water, so my hands get chapped, and they chafe when I wear work gloves. But I forget the hardships of my work when I look at my beloved trucks.
What do you find enjoyable at your workplace?
Some customers who see me call out to me, “You’re working hard even though you’re such a young woman,” so I start chatting with them. I value interactions not only with regular users but also with these walk-in customers because I may not be able to see them ever again. Since I’ve liked trucks, I’m happy to share common topics with drivers. It would be great if customers would think, “If anything happens, I think I’ll come here again.”
How do you communication with your seniors?
Many of my senior mechanics take pride in their work, and some are men of few words. But I learned a lot from them who showed me how to improve efficiency such as customizing tools and who gave me good advice. My seniors in the same group are close to me in age, so we can talk about both work and personal matters.
What would you advise to women want to be a mechanic?
I love my work. If I spot a truck that has broken down on the road, I would repair them on the spot. I love trucks that much. This passion helps me to enjoy my work. I think gender doesn’t matter to be a mechanic, so I’d like anyone to challenge anyway. Also, I want to advise not to forget to constantly consult with seniors and superiors.
What are your future aspirations as a UD Trucks employee?
The people around me are very supportive. There are things that I have to remember only through trial and errors. My seniors watch over me and lend me a hand when I need. If there will be junior employees under me, I want to, likewise, give them a hand and teach them everything that I learned from my seniors.