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What Does it Take to Be a Tire Builder?

Career Description Operate machines to build tires.

Life As a Tire Builder: What Do They Do?

  • Roll camelbacks onto casings by hand, and cut camelbacks, using knives.
  • Measure tires to determine mold size requirements.
  • Activate bead setters that press prefabricated beads onto plies.
  • Fit inner tubes and final layers of rubber onto tires.
  • Rub cement sticks on drum edges to provide adhesive surfaces for plies.
  • Wind chafers and breakers onto plies.

Skills Needed to be a Tire Builder

These are the skills Tire Builders say are the most useful in their careers:

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

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Tire Builder Employment Estimates

There were about 22,300 jobs for Tire Builder in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Tire Builder. There will be an estimated 2,100 positions for Tire Builder per year.


The states with the most job growth for Tire Builder are Georgia, Florida, and Arizona. Watch out if you plan on working in Ohio, North Carolina, or Maine. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Tire Builder

The salary for Tire Builders ranges between about $27,610 and $62,520 a year.


Tire Builders who work in Oklahoma, South Carolina, or Indiana, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Tire Builders in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $48,380
Arizona $31,510
California $30,630
Florida $28,620
Georgia $38,000
Indiana $49,350
Kentucky $35,360
Maine $27,960
Maryland $34,070
Missouri $36,530
North Carolina $37,290
Ohio $49,690
Oklahoma $50,950
Oregon $31,840
Pennsylvania $34,390
South Carolina $50,370
South Dakota $30,780
Tennessee $49,650
Texas $29,550
Virginia $44,190
Wisconsin $31,120

What Tools do Tire Builders Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Tire Builders may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Web browser software
  • Data entry software
  • Word processing software
  • Microsoft Project
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Programmable logic controller PLC software

Becoming a Tire Builder

Education needed to be a Tire Builder:


How many years of work experience do I need?


Who Employs Tire Builders?


The table below shows the approximate number of Tire Builders employed by various industries.


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