Tire Repairers and Changers
SOC: 49-3093.00

Description:

Repair and replace tires.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
105,500 employed

Projected (2024):
109,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Alignment Technician
  • Automotive Tire Worker (Auto Tire Worker)
  • Lube Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Tire Balancer
  • Tire Buster
  • Tire Center Supervisor
  • Tire Changer
  • Tire Fixer
  • Tire Groover
  • Tire Installer
  • Tire Man
  • Tire Mechanic
  • Tire Mounter
  • Tire Repairer
  • Tire Servicer
  • Tire Shop Mechanic
  • Tire Technician
  • Tire Worker


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 4-way tire valve tools
  • Air drills
  • Air spray guns
  • Air/steam bags
  • Airless spray guns
  • Awls
  • Bail cutting knives
  • Balancing machines
  • Bead breakers
  • Bead expanders
  • Bead seaters
  • Buffers
  • Computerized tire/wheel balancing equipment
  • Curved-point scalpel knives
  • Cutting blades
  • Deburring tools
  • Desktop computers
  • Duck-billed bead-breaking wedges
  • Electric knife heaters
  • Eye protection
  • Fast-trim vent knives
  • Hammers
  • Hand rasps
  • Hand rollers for adhesives
  • Handheld extruders
  • Hawk bill knives
  • Heavy duty awls
  • Heavy duty T-handle reamers
  • Heavy duty T-handle spiral probe cement tools
  • Holding clamps
  • Hot vulcanizing plates
  • Hub-cap pullers
  • Hydraulic jacks
  • Hydraulic pumps
  • Inner-liner scrapers
  • Insertion tools
  • Insulated heater knives
  • Jacks
  • Lug wrenches
  • Mallets
  • Mechanical tire changers
  • Mill knives
  • Mold presses
  • Notched-blade trim knives
  • Personal computers
  • Pneumatic wrenches
  • Power grinders
  • Power hoists
  • Power tire spreaders
  • Pricking awls
  • Razor knives
  • Regroovers
  • Respirators
  • Rim clamp tire changers
  • Rubber patch guns
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety shoes
  • Scissors
  • Scrapers
  • Shears
  • Square point knives
  • Stickleback rasps
  • Taper point knives
  • Thermocutters
  • Tire hammers
  • Tire irons
  • Tire knockers
  • Tire plug guns
  • Tire probing awls
  • Tire reamers
  • Tire stands
  • Tire tread depth gauges
  • Torque wrenches
  • Trimmer shears
  • Truck lock ring removers
  • Truck tire spoons
  • Utility knives
  • Vulcanizing machines
  • Wire brushes
  • Workshop cranes
  • Accounting software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Project estimation software
  • Recordkeeping software


  • installation maintenance and repair


    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990