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Tire Builders

Operate machines to build tires.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Place tires into molds for new tread.
    • Fit inner tubes and final layers of rubber onto tires.
    • Buff tires according to specifications for width and undertread depth.
    • Build semi-raw rubber treads onto buffed tire casings to prepare tires for vulcanization in recapping or retreading processes.
    • Brush or spray solvents onto plies to ensure adhesion, and repeat process as specified, alternating direction of each ply to strengthen tires.
    • Start rollers that bond tread and plies as drums revolve.
    • Align treads with guides, start drums to wind treads onto plies, and slice ends.
    • Roll camelbacks onto casings by hand, and cut camelbacks, using knives.
    • Inspect worn tires for faults, cracks, cuts, and nail holes, and to determine if tires are suitable for retreading.
    • Measure tires to determine mold size requirements.
    • Trim excess rubber and imperfections during retreading processes.
    • Roll hand rollers over rebuilt casings, exerting pressure to ensure adhesion between camelbacks and casings.
    • Fill cuts and holes in tires, using hot rubber.
    • Position ply stitcher rollers and drums according to width of stock, using hand tools and gauges.
    • Cut plies at splice points, and press ends together to form continuous bands.
    • Activate bead setters that press prefabricated beads onto plies.
    • Depress pedals to rotate drums, and wind specified numbers of plies around drums to form tire bodies.
    • Clean and paint completed tires.
    • Rub cement sticks on drum edges to provide adhesive surfaces for plies.
    • Position rollers that turn ply edges under and over beads, or use steel rods to turn ply edges.
    • Depress pedals to collapse drums after processing is complete.
    • Wind chafers and breakers onto plies.
    • Pull plies from supply racks, and align plies with edges of drums.

    Skills

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    3

    Abilities

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    Knowledge

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • 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.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 38120/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 18.33/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 660
    • Yearly Projected Openings 60

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Cooperation
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Self Control

    Tools

    • Specialty assembly
    • Rubber or plastic presses
    • Microcontrollers
    • Belt conveyors
    • Adjustable wrenches

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Internet browser software
    • Industrial control software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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