Tire Groover

Cut grooves in treads of worn, vulcanized, or retreaded tires.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tire Groovers do?

Cuts grooves in treads of worn, vulcanized, or retreaded tires, using hand cutting tool: Fastens tire on holder. Pulls electrically heated grooving knife around circumference of tread to form grooves, following old design or laying out new design. Cuts crosswise grooves in tread in similar manner.


Should I be a Tire Groover?

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

  • Also known as: Regroover

    How to become a Tire Groover

    Tire Groovers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Tire Groover-related education!
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