By Nelson Groom
‘Australia’s hottest plumber’ has lifted the lid on life working as a woman in the male-dominated industry– and admitted she is constantly mistaken for a hairdresser.
With her long golden locks and enviable figure, 24-year-old Aimee Stanton is an unusual candidate to be pulling on a high-vis and hard hat.
But the stunner from Melbourne, Australia, believes her gender has been a blessing for unclogging stereotypes in the typically-blokey industry.
Aimee, who competed on Australian Survivor last year, said: “I’m always getting mistaken for a hairdresser.”
“When I started on the job I was definitely getting weird looks. A lot of people aren’t used to seeing girls on the job, so they’re like ‘is she serious’?”
“But I think it’s also been a blessing. You have to work hard to prove yourself and get your hands dirty.”
Aimee has shot to success that saw her chosen as an ambassador for Tafe Australia, but her path to prosperity was not without obstacles.
She said her youth was plagued by depression and she did not see a future for herself when she was expelled from her high school.
Aimee found herself growing more disillusioned than ever after enrolling in beauty school– which is when fate would help her find her pipe dream.
Aimee said: “I was pretty depressed, and really struggled throughout high school. I didn’t have any goals or see much of a future for myself.”
“I tried beauty school because my friends were doing it, but it definitely wasn’t making me any happier. Around that time I started filling in some laboring work for my dad.”
“I love using my hands and decided that’s what I wanted to be doing. I was the only girl to enroll at my Tafe. After 140 applications I landed my first roof plumbing job.”
“There’s definitely some old-school people who aren’t used to seeing a girl on the job. Or others who think you can’t carry your weight. But they warm to you once you prove you’re serious.”
She admits there was a steep learning curve; in her first week she fell through a roof, got a piece of metal stuck in her backside and got her bra stuck in a cable tray.
But she lost no time learning the ropes and won the Best Female Apprentice award by the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association (ACMCA).
She also found fame in reality television and has picked up legions of social media followers for snapshots shedding light on of her work life.
Now, Aimee wants to use her journey to inspire misguided youths to find their calling.
Aimee said: “A lot of people assume women will be treated differently, but if show you can work hard, that’s not the case.”
“I especially want more girls to get into this. But I want to help any struggling teenagers to explore other paths in life. If you really want something, you can achieve it.”
“You just need a positive mindset. I want to show people you can turn any bad situation into a good one.”