What Do Tire Repairers and Changers Do?
Tire Repairers and Changers repair and replace tires. This occupation is expected to grow by 9% over the next few years, with 4,290 jobs to be created. Tire and automotive parts stores are the largest employers of Tire Repairers; jobs can also be found at general merchandise stores, automotive repair shops and car dealerships.
Tire Repairers and Changers Skills and Abilities
Tire Repairers have mechanical knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. This job requires a lot of physical ability such as coordinating two or more limbs, manual dexterity, and trunk strength. You must be able to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. You will use critical thinking to solve problems and consider alternative solutions, and time management skills to determine when you and your co-workers should perform certain tasks. Other specific skills Tire Repairers should have are:
- Customer and Personal Service – Knowledge of principles for providing customer 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.
Tire Repairers and Changers Duties
Tire Repairers obtain information needed for their work and communicate frequently with co-workers and supervisors in person or in writing. They inspect equipment and materials to identify problems or defects, and run or drive vehicles or mechanized equipment such as passenger vehicles and forklifts. Tire Repairers use their hands and arms to position, install and move materials. Other specific tasks that are frequently performed are:
- 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.
- 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.
- Inflate inner tubes and immerse them in water to locate leaks.
- Prepare rims and wheel drums for reassembly by scraping, grinding, or sandblasting.
- Drive automobile or service trucks to industrial sites to provide services or respond to emergency calls.
Tire Repairers and Changers Tools and Technology
Tire Repairers use mechanical tools such as awls, compressed air guns, pry bars, razor knives and shears. You will also use software for recordkeeping, accounting and project management.
Education and Training for Tire Repairers and Changers
Tire Repairers do not need any experience to find employment. It is preferable to have a high school diploma or equivalent, but over 28% of Tire Repairers have less than a high school education.
Tire Repairers and Changers Salary
The median salary for this occupation is just under $24,000 with the top 10% making $37,000. Rhode Island, Vermont, Hawaii and Oregon offer the highest median pay, which is over $29,000. The lowest salaries are in the South and Midwest.
Tire Repairers and Changers Jobs by Geography
Colorado, Iowa and Utah will show the largest growth in this occupation, with an anticipated increase of 25% to 41% in the number of these jobs. In general, growth will be higher than average in the Western states.