Are Automotive Technicians at A Critical Stage?

Are Automotive Technicians at A Critical Stage?


Teresa is a top-notch mechanic with more than 28 years of experience repairing everything from Porsche’s to school buses. Currently she teaches a basic auto-repair class for women.

The Automotive Industry is changing each day, with new challenges, emissions standards and technology. Trying to keep up with the chaos is not always easy. Being a part of this industry for over 40 years, I am one of the lucky ones to have embraced new technology, but not all in this business have.

Many of the more experienced of yesteryear are finding themselves in the back of the class when it comes to newer vehicles. Being a backyard mechanic and finding employment in automotive repair was relatively easy and there were plenty of jobs to be found.

But with today’s vehicles, this is far from reality. Knowing the basics about auto repair is a must since all fossil-fueled vehicles still require many of the main components like a battery, alternator, fuel, glass (which on many cars are not part of the vehicle’s structure), tires, brakes etc.

Unlike older vehicles, today’s cars use sensors, avoidance systems, in some cases several onboard computers to monitor, sensing and controlling the vehicle’s every rotation. It appears that future mechanics will need some type of engineering knowledge just to understand them.

In today’s challenging times for skilled labor, depending on the area you live in around the country there is a huge shortage of technicians to handle the work load. Shops in some cases are not able to give the customer a time frame as to when the repair will be completed if their staffing levels for skilled workers are slim.

I personally have been approached by a few local companies inquiring if I would contract with them to work on an as needed basis since it is very difficult to find the skilled employees for the specific repairs needed. This is not only an industry issue, but also one the country needs to take notice and join in on finding proactive solutions for the automotive industry’s future.

I recently discovered that many high schools are contemplating eliminating Auto Shop from their curriculum, not because they wish to abolish its place in the schools, but because students are just not enrolling in these classes.

Some of the high schools I have discussed this very topic with have indicated that most of their counselors are more focused on encouraging their students to enroll in college courses, and fail to embrace and energize them to take a skill course in high school.

More and more young women are actually stepping up and taking on the challenge of auto shop, each with their own personal reasons. A few know that when they are attending college, they will own a vehicle and want to learn how to maintain one or even change a tire to help with added expenses. Others love working with their hands and find these classes to help fill the need for it.

The industry currently is at a critical point; in order to fill all the needed positions for the future, we need to begin working on how to encourage the younger generation to step away from sitting in front of their personal devices and learn how to repair them. If we fail now, the future for skilled labor will be at an all-time low in America.

There is no one solution to this problem, the industry as a whole really has their work cut out. Finding creative ways to energize students to embrace skilled labor is no easy task, but one that is in need of immediate attention.

Solano Community College in Vallejo, California has stepped up their game and added additional space to their Automotive Technology courses. Many of the classes can now be completed online; with the majority of the curriculum are hands-on experience.

For further information, go to automotive_technician.php.

Or find a college near you. Happy Motoring.

Recent Teresa’s Garage Radio Show Click to listen

 Teresa’s Garage Radio Show is a production of America Matters Media and is heard live every Tuesday 2 PM Pacific Time locally on 1180 AM KCKQ or by using the live stream at

Co-host Jeanette DesJardins, Owner of  Carchix, and Dan McGee from offering all the racing news updates.

Each week on the show, Teresa covers important topics,  schedules great guests from all aspect of the automotive industry and beyond. If you know of someone that would be a great guest on the show, please contact Teresa at The show offers women whom have great stories or content to offer the listeners from around the World.

Teresa’s Garage Radio Show is also heard Monday-Friday at 12:30 PM Pacific Time on the    We offer several ways to listen to the show either live or encore. During the broadcast, you can listen live from anywhere in the world by going to If you wish to call in and join in on the days topic dial 844-790-8255 during the show.

Teresa’s Garage Radio Show April 17, 2018 Special Guest Carrie Willhoff from RaceChick

Women With Wheels Car Show 2018 Entry

A Car Show Just For Women.

It is that time of year again when we begin working on the Women with Wheels Car Show being held at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. This is our 4 th Car Show and we are allowed 50 spaces.  Last year we almost filled the all available spaces, so don’t miss this event register now to save your spot.

This show is for female car enthusiasts whether you own your own classic or co-owned with a significant

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other. It is a show where women can connect with other women showcasing their favorite ride, no matter the year, make or model. We encourage women to enter to help support Moms On The Run. The monies raised from the Raffle prize all goes to Moms On The Run. For more information on their organization, click this link> Moms On The Run.

Last year our raffle sponsors helped us raise over $400.00. Our Raffle sponsors are as follows, National Championship Air Races Reno, Moana Nursery, Flyers, American Home Companion, Stempf Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts Lemmon Valley location, Southern Wine and Spirits, National Automobile Museum, Napa Auto Parts, Safelite Auto Glass Reno, Shawn the DJ, Scooby Productions and Sam’s Sparkle Detail.

To register for this event, click this link>>>>>>>Teresa’s Garage Car Show entry 2018


Teresa’s Garage Radio Show Interviews At Hot August Nights

Teresa’s Garage Radio Show Interviews at Hot August Nights 2015 up in Virginia City, Nevada the official kick off for a week of Classic cars. This is the first year that Virginia City joined in with Hot August Nights and it appears to be a keeper. Here are several interviews Teresa Aquila of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show as she did her show remotely from the event. You will hear from many car owners, City dignitaries, and even some gun shots in the back ground. Listen in to find out why.

Hot August Nights 2015 In Virginia City, Nevada #1 Teresa speaks with Joe Curtis of Virginia City

Hot August Nights 2015 In Virginia City, Nevada #1 Teresa speaks with Steve Frady

Hot August Nights 2015 In Virginia City, Nevada #3 Teresa speaks with one of the classic car owners

Hot August Nights 2015 In Virginia City, Nevada #4 Teresa speaks with Bob a classic car owner

Hot August Nights 2015 In Virginia City, Nevada #5 Teresa interviews Don Larson about his 3100 pickup

Hot August Nights 2015 In Virginia City, Nevada #6 Teresa speaks again with Steve Frady


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Rayno Window Tinting Can Save Your Interior

Rayno Window Tinting

Window tint can add aesthetic value and improved function to your car. Tinting windows can also protect your car’s interior, as well as the people inside, from the damage of UV rays. While window tint offers many benefits, one potential drawback is poor visibility for drivers and law enforcement professionals who may need to see inside your car. To allow drivers to use window tint and still protect the safety of everyone on the road with them, every state has window tint laws to dictate how much tinting is allowed on each window of the car.

Here is a breakdown of the different window tint regulations for each state, so you can make the right choices about your car. As you read these laws, remember that window tint percentages refer to the amount of light allowed in, also known as the Visible Light Transmission percent. The windshield tinting laws refer to the amount of the windshield that can be legally tinted or the amount of tint allowed on the entire windshield, depending on the state’s regulations.

Click for Rayno Window Tinting Laws by State


If you are shopping for window film tint for your car, make sure you work with a company that understands these window -tinting rules or tint percentages and how they affect your car’s window tint. Rayno Window Film is here to help you, and our crew is fully compliant with all state regulations. By staying within the car window tint laws, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of window tinting without running the risk of an unwanted or unexpected citation. Contact us today to get started by locating a dealer Locate a dealer 

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Women in the Automotive Field; Challenges, Triumphs and Struggles

Women in the Automotive Field; Challenges, Triumphs and Struggles.

High School Auto Shop Teacher Brian Osborn sat down with Radio Show Host Teresa Aquila, of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show, to discuss women in the Automotive Industries; their challenges, triumphs, and struggles. Here is what they had to say.

Brian Osborn speaks

I have had a love for cars since as far back as I can remember. One of my earliest memories is of this guy who lived around the block from me that had a black ’55 Chevy car and a ’55 Chevy truck, both painted black with flames.

Thirty five years later, my passion for classic cars has not waned. Last year I took over the reins of the Auto Shop Class at the school where I’ve taught since 2000. Along with my new position, came the opportunity to be a guest at SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association. This trade association, the largest in the world, consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street-rod builders, restylers, car clubs, race teams, and more. I wasted no time purchasing a flight to Las Vegas, Nevada where the event is held. It was like a dream come true.

As a high school teacher, I have long been an advocate for youth. I have coached many sports teams, but found my niche as the varsity girls’ softball coach for seven years. It was during that time that I developed a better sense of how much I was a supporter of gender equality.

I treated every player, equally, not as a female or male player, but as ball players. The playing field was equal, expectations were across the board, and all were treated the same. I brought my coaching off the field and brought it into the auto shop class, but kept the same approach when it came to dealing with students, male or female.

Brian Osborn

The Auto Shop Class this year, 2017, consists of fifty students, five of whom are women. Not bad for an auto shop class, in a profession, dominated by men. The young women that are currently enrolled in my class, work hard, and do not mind getting dirty. They have proven to be some of the best students I have had in the auto shop class so far.

When I was wandered around SEMA, checking out all that is offered to those attending, I began to wonder, what does the future have in store for women in the automotive industry?  This has been an industry where women are seen more on car calendars, posed on tool boxes, on the hoods of cars, or in 6” heels dressed in a barely-there bathing suit next to 26” rims.

I think to myself, for a young high school woman, can the passion of cars outweigh the sexism of the industry?  Will it be enough to get you up and off to work every day with a smile on your face? How comfortable would it be for these women to work in a shop with a variety of men, who have been raised to think attractive women pose on the hoods of cars, not work under them?

As I make my way through SEMA, I notice lines of men waiting to get a poster signed by a girl half their age, with skin tight clothes, pedaling a product that most of them know nothing about. This left me questioning why I would want to have women in my auto class if this is the path I could be leading them down.

Not knowing many female mechanics in this profession, no matter how good they are, will they only be seen as “pretty good…for a girl?” The chances of harassment and objectification will be more prevalent than most other occupations they could explore.

The SEMA show atmosphere made me begin to wonder exactly how knowledgeable does a woman have to be in order to be respected in this industry? How much harder does she have to work? I don’t know. But I do know that I am going to do my best to keep sending young woman from my class into the industry, if they so choose. I am going to want to fill the automotive world with talented people, both male and female. All the while trying to dispel the myth that the only place women have in this industry is on the hood of a car.

In 2017 I want the automotive industry to be better than this. I want to bring four or five of my best students to SEMA next year, one or two of whom might be female. And if they are able to attend, would they be more motivated to embrace the opportunities this industry has to offer or will they be turned off by the fact that more than 25% of the women in the booths at SEMA, were there for one thing, eye candy? I feel it is time for change, to lose the bikini models, and stock the booths with talented, knowledgeable people.  Future generations, both male and female, will thank us for it.

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Later, once I returned from SEMA, I wanted to get a feel of how my students felt or reacted to sexism in the automotive field. So I took the simplest and most obvious form of this; a magazine cover with an attractive young woman standing next to a car. I chose one of the mildest ones I could find, and displayed it on my 80″ TV with one simple request. “Write down your first reaction to the picture with no time to think about it.” The results were surprising, of the 41 students, 63% mentioned the car, and 32% mentioned the woman as either unnecessary or an obvious marketing ploy, and only 2 students referred to her as “hot” or cute. Considering that these are high school students, and the class is 80% males, these are surprising results, and the conversation that followed was just as enlightening. Most if not all the students agreed that the model was totally unnecessary and that the magazine’s sales wouldn’t be effected one way or another if she wasn’t on the cover at all.

If these young people can maintain this thread of thinking into young adulthood, we may be on the verge of breaking sexist stereotypes in the automotive industry.

Teresa Aquila speaks

Well, Brian, as a female in this industry for over 40 years, there have been many challenges women have had to overcome. If you could not stand up to the challenges, harassment, disrespect, and not being accepted, then your days were numbered.

Teresa Aquila

My career began in the 1970’s when women in the Automotive Industry were taboo and almost unheard of. I learned that lesson early in my life. I learned rejection in fourth grade.

Teresa Aquila

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My class was getting ready for open house and each student was to write down what they wanted to be when they grew up. For me it was easy, ever since I can remember I wanted to be two things in life when I grew up. One was a mechanic, the other a Police Officer. Since I was only allowed to choose one profession, I proudly wrote down a mechanic. We all turned in our papers and as the class was getting ready to be dismissed for the day, the teacher asked if I could stay after class so that she could speak with me.

It was at that moment when the teacher explained to me that being a female mechanic was unheard of and not an acceptable profession for women. The teacher did offer some alternatives, like being a nurse, secretary, or matron, and even a house wife. What a blow this was to me, because my heart was set on being a mechanic.

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I was instructed to change it or she would flunk me. I was devastated. I did change it, but not without protest. I continued on in life with my passion for those two professions, both of which I have achieved.

So how do we make it more acceptable for women in the automotive profession, since on the Law Enforcement side, it has become embraced with open arms, where the other is still frowned on?

Over the years, women like me have helped to mold the course for other women to follow, but still not without doubt and challenges. Women have been taught if they want to make it in this world, they need to be noticed. Some choose to use their bodies or beauty to be eye candy for men in hopes of landing that perfect job, when in reality, I think they are selling themselves short.  Men are also being brought up to believe that women are someone you date or marry and not someone you work under a hood with.

Is this because it’s hard for them to see women in a different light, or is it because they feel intimidated by women if they perform the job better than their male counterparts?

I would never compromise my morals or my talent by playing ‘the girl card.’  Although, some of the males I worked side by side with, did try to work their male ways in order to see what I was really made of. The reason they did not succeed, was because I knew the game and what they were up to.

My advice to women or young girls who wish to enter this profession is, be good at what you do, and never compromise who you are to get what you want. Be hired on merit, not beauty. If you find other women doing this, do not lower yourself to their level, otherwise you will not accomplish your dreams or goals. Be passionate about what you want to do. People can be taught skills, but you cannot teach passion.

When you are passionate about what you do, people will gravitate to you. Always do your best, no matter the job you choose, because people will remember you for how good you are and not how pretty you are.

You are in charge of your future and your destiny, so make a goal and stick to it… no matter how tough it might get.

So Brian, as you can see, if any individual really wants something in life, work towards it, and teach your female students that they can master any type of profession and still maintain the “girl inside”.