Meet a Boilermaker: Lee Ann AndrewsFemale Boilermaker, Lee Ann Andrews was Northlink College’s first, qualified, female boilermaker. She attended school in Mitchell’s Plain and then started her boilermaking training in 2008.
Meet a Boilermaker: Lee Ann Andrews Female Boilermaker, Lee Ann Andrews was Northlink College’s first, qualified, female boilermaker. She attended school in Mitchell’s Plain and then started her boilermaking training in 2008.
Lee Ann Andrews is Northlink College’s first, qualified, female boilermaker.
Lee Ann attended school in Mitchell’s Plain and then started her boilermaking training in 2008.
She recalls that she felt she had taken an enormous risk with her future by venturing into an all-male career.
With lots of support from her lecturers, she worked tirelessly to pass all her subjects on every level. In the end, she completed all 21 subjects required for the boilermaking qualification - most with distinctions!
This is truly amazing … and that’s not all. This mult-tasking, young lady, also found the time to head the student representative council. Exhibiting astute leadership, she and her team negotiated many critical changes at Northlink College to the advantage of fellow students.
Lee Ann professes, ‘All praise to Mr Winston Petersen who sometimes assumed a fatherly role in my life. Guiding and teaching me to observe the beautiful things that will make for success and supporting me when things were rough and life looked a bit hazy’.
Without hesitation, Mr Petersen recommended her to Damen Shipping - where she enrolled as apprentice boilermaker in 2011 - set to make her mark in the industry.
This industrious, hardworking lady excelled in all her challenges. Lee Ann completed all the requirements to qualify for a trade test in boilermaking and in May 2013 she attended the Northlink College accredited trade test centre in order to prepare. A day before her trade test she celebrated her twenty-first birthday and a few days later she celebrated the fact that she was declared competent in all trade test levels.
‘To all females that wish to embark on the path of becoming boilermakers, nothing is impossible. If I can do it, then you can do it too. Be the best in this male-dominated field and show the men how it should be done,’ was Lee Ann’s parting advice.
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