Hi Nancy – congratulations for moving forward in your academic pursuit of a mechanical engineering degree! To answer your first question, absolutely automotive engineering is for women. It’s for anyone who enjoys a great challenge of making 3000 parts all work together in complete quality and harmony to build a product that thrills and delights many customers all over the world. As for the second question, I can answer for Ford (and I’m sure the answer for many other auto manufacturers would be the same), and absolutely we accept women in automotive engineering – we are always on the lookout for great and energized talent to join the Ford team.
It is not necessary to get a ‘hand in the car’ before coming to Ford, however it certainly never hurts. Ford is a wonderful place to learn all about the excitement of designing, building, and selling great cars and trucks. I’ve been here 19 years, and I learn something new every single day. I love it.