Tire technicians are hired by car maintenance and repair facilities, where their main job is to make sure that customers’ tires, rims and wheels are in order at all times.
These individuals have to possess great physical strength, as they have to be on their feet most of the day – this work requires a lot of stooping and bending as well.
There is a lot that is expected from a person being hired as a tire technician, as far as high quality customer services and customer satisfaction is concerned. It is important for tire technicians to determine what customers need by engaging them in conversation, and by providing them with suggestions and valuable information regarding their vehicles.
Many tire technicians also work at workshops, where they may be expected to perform work duties that are not directly related to tires and wheels, such as oil changes and engine tuning. It is important for people hoping to work as tire technicians to be analytic, as they are often called upon to assist in investigating why a certain accident took place, that is, if there is a tire burst issue.
A high school diploma or a GED equivalent is sufficient to work as a tire technician. Prior experience of working in a tire shop or related facility is always a plus point.
Tire Technician Duties and Responsibilities
• Engage customers in conversation to determine their specific tire rotation, change or installation needs.
• Provide customers with detailed information on available tire brands, and what the best solution for their vehicles are.
• Choose the right tires for a wide variety of vehicles including trucks, cars and bikes and perform installation activities according to provided instructions.
• Prepare tires for installation purposes, and mount and unmount tires on rims, filling them with appropriate air pressure.
• Inspect and test tires to determine if they conform to set standards, and provide correlating feedback to customers and supervisors.
• Examine damaged and defected tires, and determine the feasibility of repair, recommending disposal when necessary.
• Repair tubes, and tubeless tires, through blister puncturing procedures, applying patches, replacing treads, and removing nails.
• Perform wheel alignment and balancing activities, and ensure that tires are properly rotated as per schedule.
• Operate and maintain diagnostic and tire installation and repair equipment and tools on a regular basis.
• Ascertain that a wide variety of approved tire types and associated merchandise is constantly available by overseeing the inventory.