Tire repairers and changers keep vehicle tires rolling in good condition. Vehicle tires may be damaged by sharp objects, worn down by use, or need to be changed for seasonal road conditions. Tire repairers and changers use a hydraulic lift to elevate a vehicle for access to the wheels, then remove the wheels to perform the necessary maintenance. If a tire change is all that’s needed, tire changers pull off the old tire and reassemble the wheel with a new tire, inflating it to the proper pressure level. For damaged tires, repairers inspect tires and inner tubes, and remove items like nails or screws that have punctured the rubber, patch any holes, and then replace the tire. Working with vehicles and power tools presents some risk of injuries in this field, but following safety practices can eliminate most of the risk. Tire repairers and changers typically work more than 40 hours a week, at positions in tire shops, car dealerships, and auto service garages. Tire repairers and changers typically need a high school diploma. They use technical skills learned on the job or through technical training.
What they do:
Repair and replace tires.
On the job, you would:
Raise vehicles, using hydraulic jacks.
Remount wheels onto vehicles.
Unbolt and remove wheels from vehicles, using lug wrenches or other hand or power tools.
Engineering and Technology
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
talking to others
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Hand and Finger Use
hold or move items with your hands
keep your arm or hand steady
use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Word processing software
Data base user interface and query software
high school diploma/GED or no high school diploma/GED usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.