Tire Builder

Retread worn tires or fabricate new ones using specialized machinery.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tire Builders do?

A Tire Builder works in a factory setting, operating the machines that piece together rubber tires for cars, trucks, and other heavy machinery. The machinery a Tire Builder operates depends on whether he or she is creating new tires from scratch or retreading used ones. Either way, if you’re a Tire Builder, you’ll be rolling out lines of round rubber donuts that will move thousands and thousands of equipment.

You might work in a big factory, creating new tires, or a smaller shop, patching up old ones, but either way, you should be familiar with the tools of your trade. You adjust machine settings by hand to specify the thickness of a tire’s tread and the width you’d like the tire to be. The specifications are based on what the tire will eventually be used for (is it for a crane or a BMW?). You also use spray guns to apply adhesives so that the tire casing will stick, then measure out and cut that casing to proper proportions.

Sometimes, you do this by hand, but other times, you operate large machinery that does the job for you. And this is just the beginning—you’ll also handle many other moving parts as you deal with belting, stitching, and curing your tire.

Although tires seem simple, they’re in fact extremely complex. Years and millions of dollars of innovation go into the technology behind tire-making machines, and you’re the final link in the chain for pulling all that technology into a finished product.

At the end of each day, you’ll have put in a great deal of labor. Then you’ll walk out the door, look at the thousands of tires going by, and have the satisfaction of thinking, “I made those!”

Should I be a Tire Builder?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Cord Tire Builder, Passenger Tire Builder, Tire Builder, Heavy Service, Tire Builder Operator, Tire Rebuilder

    How to become a Tire Builder

    Most Tire Builders have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:a9aaaa&chl=|no+college+%28100%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,100
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