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Tire Builders
SOC Code: 51-9197.00

Operate machines to build tires.

Sample of reported job titles: Buffer, Buffer Operator, Builder Operator, Press Operator, Recapper, Retread Builder, Retreader, Splicer, Tire Assembler, Tire Builder

Tasks

  • Depress pedals to rotate drums, and wind specified numbers of plies around drums to form tire bodies.
  • Start rollers that bond tread and plies as drums revolve.
  • Activate bead setters that press prefabricated beads onto plies.
  • Inspect worn tires for faults, cracks, cuts and nail holes, and to determine if tires are suitable for retreading.
  • Cut plies at splice points, and press ends together to form continuous bands.
  • Align treads with guides, start drums to wind treads onto plies, and slice ends.
  • Position rollers that turn ply edges under and over beads, or use steel rods to turn ply edges.
  • Position ply stitcher rollers and drums according to width of stock, using hand tools and gauges.
  • Build semi-raw rubber treads onto buffed tire casings to prepare tires for vulcanization in recapping or retreading processes.
  • Pull plies from supply racks, and align plies with edges of drums.
  • Roll camelbacks onto casings by hand, and cut camelbacks, using knives.
  • Clean and paint completed tires.
  • Fit inner tubes and final layers of rubber onto tires.
  • Rub cement sticks on drum edges to provide adhesive surfaces for plies.
  • Fill cuts and holes in tires, using hot rubber.
  • Brush or spray solvents onto plies to ensure adhesion, and repeat process as specified, alternating direction of each ply to strengthen tires.
  • Roll hand rollers over rebuilt casings, exerting pressure to ensure adhesion between camelbacks and casings.
  • Measure tires to determine mold size requirements.
  • Depress pedals to collapse drums after processing is complete.
  • Trim excess rubber and imperfections during retreading processes.
  • Place tires into molds for new tread.

Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software - Data entry software
  • Industrial control software - Programmable logic controller PLC software
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Adjustable wrenches - Adjustable handwrenches
  • Belt conveyors - Mill feed conveyors; Tread servicers
  • Cutting machines - Guillotine cutters
  • Depth indicators - Steel rods
  • Extruders - Screw-type extruders
  • Floor or platform scales - Floor scales
  • Microcontrollers - Common industrial protocol CIP software; Programmable automation controllers PAC
  • Paint brushes
  • Plastic cutting machinery - Rubber slab cutters
  • Power saws
  • Rubber or plastic presses - Bead flipping machines; Bead setters; Tire building machines; Transfer rings (see all 9 examples)
  • Sewing machines - Tire stitchers
  • Specialty assembly - Automatic tire building machines TBM; Manual tire building machines TBM; Robotic assembly machines
  • Thickness measuring devices - Beta thickness gauges
  • Utility knives
  • Vulcanizing machines - Curing presses
  • Wheel balancing equipment - Wheel balancers
  • X ray radiography examination equipment - X ray inspection machines

Knowledge

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Skills

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • 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.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Multilimb Coordination - 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.
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Trunk Strength - 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.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Problem Sensitivity - 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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.

Interests

  • Interest code: RC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 98% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 96% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 92% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 88% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 96% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 85% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 83% responded “Every day.”
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment - 79% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 74% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 12% responded “Never.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 19% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 85% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 73% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 82% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 78% responded “Every day.”
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting
  • Duration of Typical Work Week
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions
  • Contact With Others
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 13% responded “No results.”
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling - 30% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Physical Proximity
  • Degree of Automation
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 17% responded “Very important.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
87%High school diploma or equivalent
13%Less than high school diploma

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $19.34 hourly, $40,230 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 22,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 2,100

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