Tire Repairers and Changers

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About the Job

Repair and replace tires.

It is also Called

  • Tire Worker
  • Tire Technician
  • Tire Shop Mechanic
  • Tire Servicer
  • Tire Repairer
  • Tire Mounter
  • Tire Mechanic
  • Tire Man
  • Tire Installer
  • Tire Groover
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What They Do

  • 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.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $27,130 with most people making between $18,260 and $38,800

Outlook

0.30%
avg. annual growth

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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