Tire Builder

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High school preferred +

What They Do

Operates machines to build tires.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Depresses pedals to rotate drums, and winds specified numbers of plies around drums to form tire bodies.
  • Starts rollers that bond tread and plies as drums revolve.
  • Activates bead setters that press prefabricated beads onto plies.
  • Cuts plies at splice points, and presses ends together to form continuous bands.
  • Inspects worn tires for faults, cracks, cuts and nail holes, and to determine if tires are suitable for retreading.
  • Aligns treads with guides, starts drums to wind treads onto plies, and slices ends.
  • Positions rollers that turn ply edges under and over beads, or uses steel rods to turn ply edges.
  • Positions ply stitcher rollers and drums according to width of stock, using hand tools and gauges.
  • Builds semi-raw rubber treads onto buffed tire casings to prepare tires for vulcanization in recapping or retreading processes.
  • Winds chafers and breakers onto plies.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Buffer
  • Buffer Operator
  • Builder Operator
  • Press Operator
  • Recapper
  • Retread Builder
  • Retreader
  • Splicer
  • Tire Assembler