Ring Power’s Sylvia Reyes became the first woman to complete the company’s Ring Power Live Lift Truck Technical Training course, the company’s website reports. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fewer than 3 percent of industrial machine technicians in the United States are women, and Reyes is adding to that small number.
For the past two years, Reyes has worked as branch administrator at Ring Power Lift Truck’s Miami facility. Reyes became interested in developing a deeper understanding of forklifts and decided to register for the company’s online Technical Lift Truck course. The course helped her meet the prerequisites to get hands-on training in Ring’s instructor-led technical training class.
In May, Reyes completed multiple hours of training, and earned IC Engine Control and Fuel Systems I certification—which she passed with flying colors. Gaining this certification, Reyes became the first woman to complete the Ring Power Live Lift Truck Technical Training. However, Reyes isn't finished. She has a student mentality and plans to continue learning and developing skills beyond her current role.
Reyes is currently enrolled in model-specific courses and intends to get enough training under her belt to assist with other classes. Eventually, she may decide to take her acquired knowledge and pursue a position in the service department or as a Florida forklift field service technician.
Given the current shortage of trained technicians in today’s workforce, Reyes’ achievements are seen as a very positive development at Ring Power and the industry as a whole.