Repair and replace tires.
- Drive automobile or service trucks to industrial sites to provide services or respond to emergency calls.
- Place tire casings and tread rubber assemblies in tire molds for the vulcanization process and exert pressure to ensure good adhesion.
- Patch tubes with adhesive rubber patches or seal rubber patches to tubes, using hot vulcanizing plates.
- Apply rubber cement to buffed tire casings prior to vulcanization process.
- Prepare rims and wheel drums for reassembly by scraping, grinding, or sandblasting.
- Roll new rubber treads, known as camelbacks, over tire casings and mold the semi-raw rubber treads onto the buffed casings.
- Clean sides of whitewall tires.
- Inflate inner tubes and immerse them in water to locate leaks.
- Separate tubed tires from wheels, using rubber mallets and metal bars or mechanical tire changers.
- Order replacements for tires or tubes.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: I.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.
- Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
- Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $27,130 with most people making between $18,260 and $38,800
During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,680 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,760 employed in 2024.
This occupation will have about 8 openings due to growth and about 92 replacement openings for approximately 100 total annual openings.
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