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How would you react if you were told a female had serviced your caravan? would it bother you?

 

No.

 

Regards.

Col

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How would you react if you were told a female had serviced your caravan? would it bother you?

 

No.

 

 

John.

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Cant see any problem as Females do far more demanding jobs than checking a caravan over . Lets see Long haul Passenger pilots, firefighters. long distance continental lorry drivers, Train/Bus/ambulance drivers . Etc .

 

i m sure we all know a woman that does a demanding job . :)

 

 

 

Dave

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What a daft question! No. The service department at my dealer is run by a woman. And she does a good job of it.

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It wouldn't bother me in the slightest.

 

I would like to know the reason for your question, are you planning to / do you already employ a female service mechanic (sorry but we misuse the term engineer in the UK)? Have you already received negatives from customers? :(

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My wife does all the towing, I don't see any reason why a woman (properly trained and certificated) notice I didn't say certified? wouldn't do an even better job than the idiots who dropped my 'van and damaged the hitch, then broke the rear lamp cluster taking it into the workshop. Why not make them mobile or advertise that you can specify a woman? Good idea. Peter :wub:

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Thanks for that everyone. Now i'll tell you the reason I ask.

Customer phones (his name shall be known only to myself) asking for a service on his caravan, 1994 Elddis "summat" (quote) he wanted it doing next week. Fine I say, Now he wants a word with the engineer that will be carrying the service out. Now, due to us only being a small company and there's only the 2 of us here normally I tell him that I will be servicing his caravan due to my partner in crime being off for a fortnight as he is doing something apparently of more importance (getting married or something daft I think!). The customer, up to this point a very calm and polite person, blows his top! I'm sorry to say that due to him saying I was incompetent and hurling quite rude abuse at me I told him to "stick his caravan & his custom" and put the phone down. I apologise to anyone who may think me rude but I work extremely hard and have years of experience doing what I do. I do not appreciate people like that and he had no reason to be like that. RANT OVER!

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I never liked flying with female first officers. Up to 12 hours of trying to look down the front of a fellow crew-member's shirt is plain embarrassing.

 

And that customer did you a favour. If he hadn't kicked off before you serviced his van he would surely have kicked off after.

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Got to say the cats out of the bag now gal?! :o

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Arc Systems are specialist Carver caravan product repairers, committed to providing a comprehensive service as well as spare parts for these popular heaters.

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Is your service centre in 1940?

 

What a complete idiot ( the customer, not you ). What difference does it make what sex a service engineer is? After all we all have mothers, sisters & daughters.

 

Customers like that you can defnitley do without.

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Hi, Wouldn't bother me in the slightest, in fact i met a Lady service engineer on a Truma course a couple of years ago, appeared very knowledgeable.

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I was at a boys boarding school from 11, male only apprenticeship at 16 (it was allowed then) and remained in engineering (very male orientated) until 25.

 

Went into nursing in 1981 and what a shock to the system :o but even in that profession men tended to advance faster than women.

 

The education system then made it very difficult for girls to go in to engineering but there is absolutely no reason why female engineers should be viewed any different to men.

 

Like many trades it is still very biased to men being in the field but there is no justification in real terms, perhaps you can suggest why that is.

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Takes me back to my eng apprenticeship and several years after working in a closed factory, I mean closed with MOD Police on the gates to ensure it was!

1700 blokes and just 5 females, all in the main office so rarely seen, only one of which from memory was vaguely attractive!! after 9yrs when I left and worked out and about on site, it was strangely difficult to adjust to girls being out and about during the day.

 

Why though might well be something to do with the wars, during, women were close to the majority while men were fighting, after, it very quickly reverted to men only and stayed like that until very recently.

From what I understand, not many complained about reverting to woman washing of the grease and becoming the home maker again?, No reason though why girls cannot do just as good a job as men, only restricted perhaps by physical strength, and the 'want' to do it?

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I do not wish to get into any argument regarding chauvinism at the workplace but as an engineer all my life, and many years training of engineers I offer the following comments.

 

Rudeness of any sort should not be acceptable, unless possibly one is dealing with a call centre of a UK bank located in downtown Bombay, where upon I have been known to lose the rag when asked if I live in the United Kingdom. However that had nothing to do with the sex of the call centre operator, and yes, I know they are only doing a job but it is my money.

 

However, back to engineers. I have no problem whatsoever with anyone male or female doing any job as long as he/she accepts that equality is the rule. If a 7 stone female wishes to be a fireman for example then by all means, but she must accept that at some stage she may be forced to try and pull a 15 stone male casualty out of a building, or carry them down a ladder. I also accept that a fellow traveller who dropped to his knees while walking out to a helicopter and saw a female pilot, may not have been the smartest of brains. Were we more attentive to the in flight safety briefing?? I will not say.

 

While training a group of engineers from South America, both male and female both I and my fellow lecturers were a bit concerned by one young lady always turning up dressed to the nines and wearing 6 inch heels. We did point out that the job she was training for involved a lot of physical labour and could be dirty and that maybe her dress was not necessarily the most appropriate. Everybody else was in jeans and workshoes. Her response was interesting. She told us that her Company had sent her on the Course to get some familiarity with what the Company actually did and she had no intention of ever going near the actual workplace. Her role was to schmoose customers and talk sensibly with them, so maybe the 6 inch heels were indeed appropriate. Her fellow students were less than impressed however as she took a place that someone with a greater need could possibly have had. I had another student of Scandinavian origin who frankly failed all the exams, but we managed to scrape her through. I later heard from her boss that she was doing a great job as an engineer as she managed to get others to do any of the graft for her. She had a personality that made everyone want to help her. As they say, success comes in many formats.

 

The Company I worked with was a major International Company having over 70000 employees worldwide. But like many others in the 90’s onwards it decided it had too few female staff, mainly because it operated in a dirty, heavy engineering arena, not the first choice for the fairer sex. Someone decided that not having an appropriate percentage of female managers did not look good so the girls were encouraged to join, and received priority and were promoted through the ranks very rapidly so the percentage of managers could be reflected in gender. This naturally upset some male staff who had worked many years up the ladder and were suddenly overtaken by females who had less knowledge and less than a couple of years experience. In addition because of the global nature of the work a good number of countries were ‘off limits’ for female staff for some fairly obvious reasons so the choice of locations was more limited than for men. This meant that males had a greater chance of being assigned to the less attractive areas of the world while females usually did not. People may say that nowadays things are better and equality is the norm, however is that due to the fact that both males and females are indeed doing the same work equally, or that legislation has made any discussion on the matter a non starter??? One area wher I do feel things have gone totally the wrong way due to legislation is in Primary teaching where male teachers are scarcer than hens teeth.

 

So, again without trying to dig a hole for myself I can only add that my philosophy is equality is great but. ....‘vive la difference’. I did always fancy being a ‘bra fitter’ in a Store, but never got the chance!!!!!!!!

 

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Not a problem my wife supervises all my jobs and and eveything I do and is very good at it. "aren't you dear" :(

 

Seriously wouldn't have a problem

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I never liked flying with female first officers. Up to 12 hours of trying to look down the front of a fellow crew-member's shirt is plain embarrassing.

 

A true story:

 

At Frankfurt Airport, the taxiway that runs parallel to the main pair of runways used to be very bumpy. On one occasion, with a female FO who happened to be taxying the aircraft at the time (one hand on tiller, t'other on the throttles), she said "you're going to have to take control so I can hold on to my t1ts" !! Being ever the gentleman, how could I refuse. Sadly, I wasn't enough of a gentleman to suggest that she should simply slow down.

 

Anyway, I have no issues with female service engineer (or doctor, pilot, air traffic controller, train driver, chef, dentist, painter and decorator, gardener etc etc) It is 2011 isn't it ?

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