Tire Changer / Technician - Indiana Regions Overview:
The graph above shows that there were
200 job postings for the occupation of Tire Changer / Technician in Indiana during 2013 and 2014. The vertical bar chart shows which regions had the most demand for Tire Changer / Technician. These numbers represent current demand as advertised in online job postings and do not necessarily indicate projected job growth in the future. Nevertheless, these numbers are a valid barometer for gauging recent job demand statewide and regionally in Indiana.
What Tire Changer / Technician Do:
Repair and replace tires.
Common Job Activities:
- 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.
- Replace valve stems and remove puncturing objects.
- Hammer required counterweights onto rims of wheels.
- Reassemble tires onto wheels.
- Seal punctures in tubeless tires by inserting adhesive material and expanding rubber plugs into punctures, using hand tools.
- Inspect tire casings for defects, such as holes or tears.
- Locate punctures in tubeless tires by visual inspection or by immersing inflated tires in water baths and observing air bubbles.
- 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.
- Rotate tires to different positions on vehicles, using hand tools.
- Clean and tidy up the shop.
- Roll new rubber treads, known as camelbacks, over tire casings and mold the semi-raw rubber treads onto the buffed casings.
- Buff defective areas of inner tubes, using scrapers.
- Prepare rims and wheel drums for reassembly by scraping, grinding, or sandblasting.
- Order replacements for tires or tubes.
- Apply rubber cement to buffed tire casings prior to vulcanization process.
- Separate tubed tires from wheels, using rubber mallets and metal bars or mechanical tire changers.
- Inflate inner tubes and immerse them in water to locate leaks.
- Patch tubes with adhesive rubber patches or seal rubber patches to tubes, using hot vulcanizing plates.
- Place tire casings and tread rubber assemblies in tire molds for the vulcanization process and exert pressure to ensure good adhesion.
- Drive automobile or service trucks to industrial sites to provide services or respond to emergency calls.
- Clean sides of whitewall tires.
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