Name : Rana Hayek
Profession : Mechanic
Country : Lebanon
For this “She Challenges section”, we couldn’t but talk about Rana Hayek a dedicated mechanical engineer lady that decided to take the Auto Mechanics to another level.
Ladies and gentlemen introducing The Mechanic Rana Hayek.
Who is Rana Hayek??
I am a 21-year old young lady. A university student at NDU majoring in mechanical engineer and very passionate about cars, engines and speed.
How did your passion for cars started and when?
It started when I was a just a little girl and I accompanied my dad to the garage. I was influenced by movies and video games about cars that I used to watch and play.
We don’t see much or maybe at all an auto mechanic girl, why this domain?
Every time I pass next to a garage, I feel that I want to be part of the team checking on the car. That feeling led me to where I am today.
When a certain customer pulls over to work on his car and sees you what is his first reaction?
You can see the surprise on their faces and they start asking me questions. They usually congratulate me on taking the decision to study what is considered to be a man work.
Auto Mechanics is a greasy business, how do you deal with the nails and all?
That’s not a big deal ! Water and soap can fix it all ☺︎ because I like what I do, I have to like what comes with it.
What’s the story of that Gear Tattoo?
That’s a sort of a permanent expression that reflects my passion to cars. Also, I always wear my wrench earrings and ring.
Do you recommend other girls who has passion for Mechanics to venture into studying it and working as a car mechanic here in Lebanon?
Definitely! I don’t see any barriers that prevent them from doing so. . With the digital evolution, everything is computerized and what matters is the mental strength over the physical strength. This eliminates all barriers when it comes to the field of study and career selection.
Is there a specific message you are trying to send to our community?
I think the message comes as a matter of fact: women accessing men’s world.
Doors are open to women in any field they believe they can excel at! I encourage them to follow their dreams and passion and forget about the NO of the society if they believe that what they are doing is right.
Anything you would like to add?
I would like to thank you for shedding the light on what seems to be a contrast: a woman in the field of mechanics.