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Working As A Retread Technician

  • Getting Information
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $27,264

    Average Salary

What Does A Retread Technician Do At Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

* PRODUCTION** - 75%
* Inspects tires to be retreaded or repaired to determine condition, repairs needed, etc.
* Operates a buffing machine to remove treads from tires to be retreaded, following specifications for depth and width of removal.
* Measures diameter and cross section to determine correct tread width.
* Applies rubber cement to tire casing and hangs up to dry.
* Selects proper size tread rubber and applies it to the tire.
* Places proper curing tube in tire and inserts proper rim for curing.
* Places tire in chamber and programs correct curing temperature according to specification.
* Sets timer for curing time according to chart, and makes record of each tire, showing size and curing time.
* Removes finished retread from curing chamber.
* Also removes rim and curing bag from finished retread.
* Inspects tires to determine defects in curing, i.e. soft cures, ply separation, repairs missed, etc.
* Checks finished tire with work order for proper identification and completion of work required.
* Trims and paints finished retread.
* Any other duties as assigned.
* REPAIRING** - 10%
* Inspects tires to determine type of repair required, indicates repairs to be made and marks, "repair only".
* Skives out and buffs injury inside and out for proper size repair.
* Applies proper cement to inside injury and builds up repair using correct size repair patch.
* Covers outside injury with layer of cushion gum and fills with tread gum.
* Places in proper mold for curing specified time according to curing chart, after dusting inside with soapstone and inserting curing bag.
* Removes from mold, removes bag, inspects for defects, improper cure, etc., and places with finished tires.
* Makes final inspection of repair, cuts tread design with regrooving iron, paints tire, tags, and places with finished stock.
* MAINTENANCE** - 5%
* Inspects repairs and lubricates equipment, following manufacturers' instructions to maintain in good operating condition.
* Maintains standards of cleanliness, orderliness, and appearance of plant.
* Sweeps floors and walls as necessary.
* MISCELLANEOUS FUNCTIONS** - 10%
* Receives, unloads and stores in designated places, tread rubber, repair material, curing bags, etc.
* Follows safety and fire prevention instructions.
* Maintains a stock of tread rubber and repair materials, advising superior when replenishment is necessary

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Retread Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

94.1%

Female

5.1%

Unknown

0.7%
Ethnicity

White

68.1%

Black or African American

11.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.8%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.6%
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Retread Technician Education

Schools

Florida State College at Jacksonville

9.1%

University of Phoenix

9.1%

Western Illinois University

4.5%

Austin College

4.5%

Allan Hancock College

4.5%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

4.5%

Western Kentucky University

4.5%

Northern Wyoming Community College District - Sheridan College

4.5%

Campbellsville University

4.5%

Texas College

4.5%

New Castle School of Trades

4.5%

Lackawanna College

4.5%

Luzerne County Community College

4.5%

Universal Technical Institute

4.5%

College of DuPage

4.5%

Arkansas Tech University

4.5%

Faulkner University

4.5%

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

4.5%

Minneapolis Business College

4.5%

Lehigh Carbon Community College

4.5%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

12.8%

Business

12.8%

Criminal Justice

10.3%

Kinesiology

7.7%

General Studies

7.7%

Heating And Air Conditioning

7.7%

Computer Science

5.1%

Communication

5.1%

Drafting And Design

2.6%

Medical Technician

2.6%

Design And Visual Communication

2.6%

Medicine

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.6%

Geology

2.6%

Computer Technical Support

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.6%

Plant Sciences

2.6%

Health And Wellness

2.6%

Public Relations

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.6%
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Degrees

Other

52.2%

Associate

19.6%

Bachelors

15.2%

Diploma

8.7%

Certificate

4.3%
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  1. Truck Tires
  2. Bond Tread
  3. New Tread
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Inspect and repair truck tires.
  • Started rollers to bond tread and plies as drums revolve.
  • Prepared tires for retreading, installed new tread, loaded tires into curing chamber and inspected final product.
  • Positioned ply stitcher rollers and drums according to width of stock, using hand tools and gauges.
  • Applied rubber compounds to retread the tire.

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