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Also known as:
Auto Tire Worker, Tire Balancer, Tire Fixer, Tire Mechanic, Tire Mounter, Tire Servicer, Tire Technician
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 repair ...
ers 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
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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.
Assist mechanics and perform other duties as directed.
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.
Rotate tires to different positions on vehicles, using hand tools.
Clean sides of whitewall tires.
Replace valve stems and remove puncturing objects.
Reassemble tires onto wheels.
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.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
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.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
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.
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
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.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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.
Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
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.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.