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Women’s History Month: Thoughts from Samantha Eberling

Safety Corner

Read about Samantha Eberling, Quality Assurance Manager with our Denver RTD contract and learn about her thoughts on Women’s History Month and how she feels she’s making an impact on our industry.

“To me, Women’s History Month is about celebrating all women who have influenced history and are making contributions to society. I don’t think I’m making history, but I may be blazing a trail or two.

Working on engines and electronics has always been an interest of mine, so becoming a diesel technician was an easy decision for me, but it hasn’t been an easy road. Starting off in this non-traditional role was challenging – from before the interview even started being told “this is a waste of time for me” or to the many post-interview “no’s” I received, to my first day on the job being asked if I was just a bored housewife. But, I did not give up.”

 

“I continued to work toward my goal of becoming a diesel mechanic and have since been promoted to the quality assurance manager position at my location, where I now train and work with mechanics on diagnostics and inspections. Based on my work ethic and my diagnostic skills, a few of my co-workers have even since apologized to me for their first (unfounded) impressions of me.

If working in the transit industry is a passion of yours, then go for it. Don’t back down or be afraid to show your skills.”

Do you have a woman role model that has inspired you?

“The woman role model in my life is my mom. She has always inspired me to do my best and work hard.”

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