Tire Repairers and Changers

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Also known as:
Auto Tire Worker, Tire Balancer, Tire Fixer, Tire Mechanic, Tire Mounter, Tire Servicer, Tire Technician

Video transcript

If you like to work around cars but don't have a lot of experience, you can look for a job as a tire repairer and changer. Now you might already know how to change a tire. But there's a lot more to the job when you work, for example, at a gas station or automotive service center.

Tire repairers separate tubed tires from the wheel and then fix the damage. Repairers and changers also rotate tires so that they wear more evenly. Or they may mount new tires, making sure they're properly balanced. New or used, ensuring that each tire has the correct air pressure is important as well.

Whether the equipment is high-tech or simple, you can expect to do heavy physical work, with a lot of bending and lifting. The work place can be cramped and noise with fumes from fuel and other chemicals. But there's satisfaction to providing a service people need. You can be trained on the job within a few days or weeks. But if you increase your knowledge with career school training, you could be "on the road" to developing more technically demanding and higher-paying skills as an auto mechanic.

Repair and replace tires.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
Physical demands
Daily tasks

Clean sides of whitewall tires.

Buff defective areas of inner tubes, using scrapers.

Separate tubed tires from wheels, using rubber mallets and metal bars or mechanical tire changers.

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.

Seal punctures in tubeless tires by inserting adhesive material and expanding rubber plugs into punctures, using hand tools.

Inflate inner tubes and immerse them in water to locate leaks.

Place wheels on balancing machines to determine counterweights required to balance wheels.

Raise vehicles, using hydraulic jacks.

Identify tire size and ply and inflate tires accordingly.

Inspect tire casings for defects, such as holes or tears.

Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
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.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
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.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.