in Orlando, Florida, where she took a
yearlong course in marine mechanics.
“I’d always liked going to boat shows,
so I thought I’d combine my two loves,”
she says of the program that had her
taking apart lower units on sterndrive
engines to learn diagnostics and repairs.
She earned a 4.0
grade-point average as well as
award in most
of her courses.
With her certification in hand,
she started applying for marine-technician jobs,
first in Orlando,
“A few of the places, when I gave
them my résumé, they smiled, and
then I never heard back. Others were
impressed and asked me questions, but it
never led to anything,” she says. Kaitlyn
is making waves in
world of marine
Lakeside Marina in
stopped by Lakeside Marina, a full-service marina and boat dealership in
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on the banks of
Lake Winnebago. Lakeside president Joe
Honsa says that in his 30-plus years of
hiring service technicians, Kaitlyn was
the first female to apply.
“She just came by one day and
inquired if we were looking for any
techs. My first inclination was, ‘Yeah.
Do you know one?’” he says with a smile
in a video about Kaitlyn produced by
Mercury Marine. Two years later, Kaitlyn
gets on just fine with “the boys,” working
alongside them and holding her own.
Honsa says he would “put her up next to
any of my other technicians on the jobs
“Lakeside is a good fit for me, every-
one’s really helpful, we’re right on the
water, and I’m near home,” says Kaitlyn,
who wants to one day run her own
marine shop. “I love it. I never get bored.
Every day is different, and I can brag
that I get to go on boat rides while other
people are stuck in an office.”
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