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Women Behind The Wrench

Women Behind The Wrench

By Nerdy Girl Mechanic

Nerdygirlmechanic Sara interviews Women in the Trade industry, highlighting who they are, what they do, challenges they face, and why they love what they do. Bringing awareness and appreciation to females in the Trades.
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Episode 16: Kat aka Mrs. Heritage Air
Episode 16: Kat aka Mrs. Heritage Air
It was a pleasure to have HVAC tradie Kat who works in a lot of different facets of her residential company along with her husband, Ronnie. We talk about her career path and how it has developed, the crazy Texas summers, learning on the job, our rippling biceps, and her proudest accomplishments. You won't want to miss this episode with this bad ass! 
24:32
November 28, 2021
Episode 15: Noob Mistakes
Episode 15: Noob Mistakes
A quick update on how things have been going with work and school! Have you ever made a mistake? I have. I share about my noob mistake, what happened, and a few of your examples that you gave me as well. I share some exciting news about what's coming up in January! Keep it Nerdy! 
21:45
October 16, 2021
Episode 14: Claire aka The Big One
Episode 14: Claire aka The Big One
This was a big episode with someone I have wanted to interview for a long time. I had the honor of chatting with Claire, the President of Standard Heating & Air Conditioning which has been a family owned and operated company since 1930. Claire shares her awesome insight on the HVAC industry and how she encourages others to get involved. She offers advice for both newcomers to the industry and people going through a career change later in life. The Big One shares her career goals, how she handles stress of being a President and issues that she has faced as a woman in the industry and how she has navigated them. I also tell the story about how Claire got the nickname and shed light on what it's like to work for this amazing company. You won't want to miss this episode. 
35:43
August 09, 2021
Episode 13: Brandi The HVAC Mechanic
Episode 13: Brandi The HVAC Mechanic
On this episode, I talk with 313a Refrigeration mechanic, Gas fitter, and HVAC instructor Brandi about her career in the trades and how she got to be where she is today. Her passion and enthusiasm is inspiring and she does an amazing job of promoting the trades to all who want to become involved. We talk about the HVAC life, social media, her teaching, and how it is to be an HVAC supermodel. You don't want to miss out on this episode!
31:19
July 14, 2021
Episode 12: An Update & A Tribute
Episode 12: An Update & A Tribute
In this special episode of Women Behind the Wrench, I share some big career news. I also get real about mental health/coping and pay tribute to my Great Grandma Sarah. Tune in for this unique episode which ALSO includes a brief interruption by your favorite Beagle brothers! Read more about Great Grandma Sarah's amazing life: https://oconnellfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/sarah-lyksett/
22:48
July 07, 2021
Episode 11: Cathy Heying of The Lift Garage
Episode 11: Cathy Heying of The Lift Garage
I was very excited to speak with a local superhero, Cathy Heying founder of The Lift Garage here in Minneapolis, MN. The lift is a non-profit organization that performs car repairs for those who are homeless or are low-income. Cathy was a social worker and her own words "a church lady" who at the age of 38 decided to go back to school and become an Auto Mechanic. She talks about The Lift, what it is like to go back to school with a bunch of 18 year olds, the challenges she faces and her goals for the organization. The Lift helps folks get back on the road at a fraction of the cost that other shops charge. There are many things that we take for granted and having a functioning vehicle is one of them. They are doing amazing things. Be sure to check out The Lift's website www.theliftgarage.org to help. 
40:53
April 12, 2021
Episode 10: Tovah the Rockstar Installer
Episode 10: Tovah the Rockstar Installer
I was SO excited to interview Tovah, the HVAC Installer that works for the same company that I do. We talk about how she got involved, what she likes about the industry, her goals, as well as a quick visit from her cat and how she deals with negativity. Tovah is amazing at her career as an installer and her craft speaks for itself. It was an honor to interview this epic tradeswoman! I also introduce my new theme written and recorded by Juan Carlos Garcia Mulett, an amazingly talented bassist from Colombia. Don't miss it! 
26:37
April 03, 2021
Episode 8: Shannon Tymosko aka Lady Voltz
Episode 8: Shannon Tymosko aka Lady Voltz
On this frigid Valentine's Day, the weather is cold but the conversation is poppin'! I had the pleasure of interviewing Shannon aka Lady Voltz who is an Electrical Apprentice from Canada. We talk about her unique career path and what it is like starting out Green. We also talk about her favorite part of the job and her work as a Kick Ass Ambassador for @skilledtradeskickass. You don't want to miss this episode! 
28:13
February 15, 2021
Episode 7: Andie from Electrical
Episode 7: Andie from Electrical
Happy New Year! I had the pleasure of talking with Andrea Davidson, aka @andie.from.electrical who is an Electrical apprentice who is a total bad ass in her field and all that she does. We talk about her role, how long she has been in the trades, how she was inspired, how she's inspiring others, and her love for Milwaukee tools. Andie was so fun to talk with and I definitely found out some fun facts about her. Get inspired by this interview with an awesome sparky from Canada! Don't miss it - and as always #keepitnerdy
25:32
January 12, 2021
Episode 6: Liz The Sparky Lady
Episode 6: Liz The Sparky Lady
Join me for my first episode with a female electrician! Liz is a 2nd year Inside Wireman Apprentice in Michigan who has had her own unique career path to the trade industry. Listen as she talks to Nerdy about how she got here, what her daily life is like, what her career goals are and how amazingly supportive the Trades community has been. She also tells me about what it is like being a woman in the field and her magic trick of dropping $100 in a swift motion on tools at home depot. It's Electric! 
42:18
November 15, 2020
Episode 5: Plumbing royalty Lindsay Stannard
Episode 5: Plumbing royalty Lindsay Stannard
Lindsey. the 4th year determined and bad ass plumber and gas fitter joins me to tell me about her career in plumbing, how she got started, some of the challenges she faces and what she likes to do outside of work. Her glasses game is strong - but her plumbing game is stronger. I also ask her what she thinks about the phrase "Smells like money" as well as her favorite pizza toppings and if I can move to Canada in her spare room. My first plumber episode! 
21:15
October 24, 2020
Episode 4: The Know It All Behind the Wrench
Episode 4: The Know It All Behind the Wrench
We switch it up for this bonus episode - I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Gary from Toronto, you know him from the HVAC Know It All podcast. I asked him a few questions about Canada, how he got started in HVAC, how he does certain things for his podcast as well as what tool he couldn't live without. Gary interviewed me in this multi-podcast episode. We talked about HVAC, my background, my weird accent, and how Nerdy came to be. 
47:54
October 02, 2020
Episode 3: HVAC Jess
Episode 3: HVAC Jess
This episode features a Bad ass in the HVAC industry that is currently working and learning in her family business - HVAC Jess of Cam Cool Refrigeration Inc in Canada! We talk about her career path, what she does as an HVAC Apprentice, Minnesota nice vs. Canadian nice and what she likes to do in her free time. Tune in to listen to an inspiring woman in the HVAC Industry who is kicking butt every day! #keepitnerdy 
25:59
September 14, 2020
Episode 2: Guest Faye Hadley of Pistons & Pixie Dust
Episode 2: Guest Faye Hadley of Pistons & Pixie Dust
I was lucky enough to learn more about Faye Hadley, the amazing, Bad ass, and super inspiring Mechanic of Pistons & Pixie Dust, All Girls Garage and many other projects. Faye talks to me about her career path, her victory over struggle, how to handle negativity, her CHICKENS and of course what the future holds for her. Tune in to listen to an amazing speaker and to gain motivation from listening to Faye, I know I did.  
53:38
August 28, 2020
Women Behind The Wrench - An Introduction
Women Behind The Wrench - An Introduction
Welcome to Women behind the wrench! Where we get to know bad ass women in the trade industry, what their daily lives are like, what challenges they face, and what makes them tick! My First Episode! Short and sweet and just Nerdy blabbing on. Learn more about me and what my goals are for this podcast! 
14:12
August 17, 2020