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Retread Technician

Responsibilities:

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.

Qualifications

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND OCCUPATIONAL DEMANDS:

  • This position will require lifting up to 150# on an occasional to frequent basis depending upon the availability of hydraulic lifting equipment.
  • Repetitive and sustained exertions, forceful exertions, awkward postures, mechanical stress concentrations, vibrations in an environment that includes machinery noise, dust and exposure to heat.
  • Exposure to various chemicals used in cleaning, lubrication, etc.
  • 100+ pounds of pressure when pushing tires.

NATURE OF DECISION-MAKING:

INDEPENDENT - Perform job in safe manner.



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