Tire technicians are employed by tire manufacturers. Approximately 44,951 people were employed in U.S. tire manufacturing companies in September 2020, according to the research group IBISWorld. The large manufacturing companies, such as Goodyear, Dunlop, and Michelin, all employ technicians to conduct testing on new tires.
A good way to find employment is to apply directly at personnel offices of tire manufacturers. Career services offices at technical institutes and vocational schools also will be good sources of information. Employers looking for qualified technicians often contact these schools when there are job openings.
Experienced tire technicians may also find opportunities in engineering. Those with advanced training in engineering may become tire test engineers or information processors. Those with considerable tenure with one company and proven organizational and communications skills may advance to management positions. Advanced tire technicians may become supervisors in the tire testing area or in other sections of the facility.
Experience as a tire technician may also provide a good background for work in quality control, which involves examining a product after it is produced. Quality control personnel can be found in many environments, from factories to offices.
Tips for Entry
Read Rubber World (https://www.rubberworld.com) to learn more about the field.
Visit http://us-tra.org/directory.html for a list of tire manufacturers.
Conduct information interviews with tire technicians and ask them for advice on preparing for and entering the field.