Tire Recapper

Tend machines that recap and retread tires for reuse.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tire Recappers do?

Tends machines that recap and retread tires for reuse: Inspects tire to determine whether it is suitable for recapping and rejects tire if damaged beyond repair. Pushes tire against power buffing wheels, using tire holder, to prepare tire for recapping or retreading. Builds new tread onto buffed casing, using brush or spray gun to apply rubber cement, and hand roller to cause tread to adhere to casing. Tends mold that vulcanizes tread onto tire and molds tread design, and adjusts controls to inflate air bag within tire to specified pressure and heat mold to required temperature. May tend machine that automatically ingests, extrudes, and applies rubber to buffed tire.


Should I be a Tire Recapper?

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

  • Also known as: Auto Tire Recapper, Recapper, Tire Retreader

    How to become a Tire Recapper

    Tire Recappers 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 Recapper-related education!
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