Tire Vulcanizer

Vulcanize breaks and holes in casings and treads of motor vehicle tires.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tire Vulcanizers do?

Vulcanizes breaks and holes in casings and treads of motor vehicle tires: Cuts and trims broken sections of tire with knife. Scrapes and cleans area, using electrically or air-rotated wire brush. Coats break on inside of tire with rubber cement. Cuts raw and corded rubber patches and rolls them into rupture, using hand roller, to ensure adhesion. Covers rupture on outside of tire with tread rubber and works rubber into hole with hand roller. Trims patch, using knife. Places tire in tire mold of vulcanizing machine which has been heated to specified temperature. Adjusts air or steam bag inside tire, inflating it to exert pressure on tire in mold. Clamps tire in mold and allows it to remain until rubber is vulcanized and patch fused with surrounding rubber. May inspect and rebuff tire.


Should I be a Tire Vulcanizer?

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

  • How to become a Tire Vulcanizer

    Tire Vulcanizers 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 Vulcanizer-related education!
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