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Tire Repairers and Changers

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Repair and replace tires.

    Work Activities
    • Raise vehicles, using hydraulic jacks.
    • Remount wheels onto vehicles.
    • Unbolt and remove wheels from vehicles, using lug wrenches or other hand or power tools.
    • Identify tire size and ply and inflate tires accordingly.
    • Place wheels on balancing machines to determine counterweights required to balance wheels.
    • Replace valve stems and remove puncturing objects.
    • Hammer required counterweights onto rims of wheels.
    • Seal punctures in tubeless tires by inserting adhesive material and expanding rubber plugs into punctures, using hand tools.
    • Reassemble tires onto wheels.
    • Inspect tire casings for defects, such as holes or tears.
    • Locate punctures in tubeless tires by visual inspection or by immersing inflated tires in water baths and observing air bubbles.
    • Glue tire patches over ruptures in tire casings, using rubber cement.
    • Assist mechanics and perform various mechanical duties, such as changing oil or checking and replacing batteries.
    • Rotate tires to different positions on vehicles, using hand tools.
    • Clean and tidy up the shop.
    • Roll new rubber treads, known as camelbacks, over tire casings and mold the semi-raw rubber treads onto the buffed casings.
    • Buff defective areas of inner tubes, using scrapers.
    • Prepare rims and wheel drums for reassembly by scraping, grinding, or sandblasting.
    • Order replacements for tires or tubes.
    • Apply rubber cement to buffed tire casings prior to vulcanization process.
    • Separate tubed tires from wheels, using rubber mallets and metal bars or mechanical tire changers.
    • Inflate inner tubes and immerse them in water to locate leaks.
    • Patch tubes with adhesive rubber patches or seal rubber patches to tubes, using hot vulcanizing plates.
    • Place tire casings and tread rubber assemblies in tire molds for the vulcanization process and exert pressure to ensure good adhesion.
    • Drive automobile or service trucks to industrial sites to provide services or respond to emergency calls.
    • Clean sides of whitewall tires.
    Skills
    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Trunk Strength

      The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

    • 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.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    Knowledge
    • 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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $28,750/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $13.82/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 3,840
    • Yearly Projected Openings 460
    Typical Education
    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
    • Integrity
    • Independence
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    Tools
    • Vulcanizing machines
    • Shears
    • Razor knives
    • Pry bars
    • Awls
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Project management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Accounting software