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51-9197.00 - Tire Builders

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

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

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

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Programmable logic controller PLC software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

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

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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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble tires. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply solutions to production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fill cracks, imperfections, or holes in products or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

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

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
87   High school diploma or equivalent Help
13   Less than high school diploma

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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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $20.45 hourly, $42,540 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 17,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 4,100
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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