25-year-old Chelsea van Wyk is South Africa’s first female Audi master technician. The Eerste River mother-of-one and car enthusiast started her remarkable journey after she matriculated from Malibu High School in 2011.
Van Wyk dropped out from her physiotherapy programme at UWC to join an internship Audi despite knowing nothing about cars.
I decided to go for the apprenticeship at Audi Centre Somerset West. After a while, it felt like I did one of the craziest things in the world as I literally knew nothing about cars.
A few years later she had completed her trade test and qualified as a motor technician. In 2016, she started her training at Audi Training Academy, and two years later she completed her training and qualified as an Audi master and diagnostic technician.
Van Wyk credits her then boyfriend mechanic and now Husband who would always take her to car shows and races.
My love for cars grew year by year as I came to understand the mechanics and electronics of motor vehicles. With technology growing, I am enjoying my job more and more as I am discovering new things all the time.
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