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Machine Operator - Tire Retread


Plainfield, IN, US, 46168

Req ID: 139882

OBJECTIVE OF THE POSITION: The tire retread technician will be responsible for performing assigned duties to facilitate the efficient production of quality retread products


JOB SUMMARY: The tire retread technician will perform various daily duties as assigned by the plant manager to insure the demands of commercial retread customers are met on a continual basis



  • Use all safety related PPE such as gloves, safety glasses and tire cages while doing any work.
  • Visually inspect tires to be retreaded to determine condition
  • Further inspect casings utilizing electronic liner detection and X-Ray inspection equipment
  • Repairs casings, if needed, utilizing proper procedures and correct size repair patch
  • Operate buffing machine to remove existing treads from tires and measure tires to determine proper tread width
  • Utilize shearography inspection machine to further inspect buffed casing
  • Skive, buff, and fill any injury in tire as required
  • Operate cushion extruder to apply cushion to buffed casing
  • Operate semi-automatic builder to apply proper size tread to casing
  • Select proper size envelope and curing rim apparatus and apply to casing and utilize envelope leak detection devise to   insure integrity of the curing envelope
  • Place tires in curing chamber and cure tires according to specifications
  • Remove tires from chamber after cure and remove curing rims and envelopes
  • Inspect tires to insure quality of product and compliance with customer standards
  • Trim and paint finished product and apply label
  • Inspect finished retread utilizing multiple step high pressure test machine to insure integrity of casing
  • Receive and unload supplies including tread rubber, cushion gum and repair materials, envelopes, curing rim, tire casings, rims etc.
  • Assists in distribution center activities as assigned
  • Inflate inner tubes and immerse them in water to locate leaks.
  • Works in wheel reconditioning area as assigned
  • Perform routine inspection and maintenance on plant equipment following manufacturers instruction
  • Operate plant computer equipment and scanners
  • Maintain a safe facility and use safety first practices to remain accident-free.
  • Perform weekly and monthly projects and assigned tasks.
  • Maintain personal grooming and company uniform standards.
  • Maintain company attendance standards.
  • Other duties as necessary.



  • Education:
  • High School Diploma or GED preferred
  • Experience:
  • No prior experience required


BACKGROUND CHECKS:  All offers of employment may be conditioned on receipt of a background check report and/or drug screen that is acceptable to Love’s.



  • Skills:
  • Hard Skills: Ability to learn and operate all facility equipment including computers, and retreading machinery
  • Soft Skills: Good verbal and written communication skills, time management and delegation skills, organization skills, can-do attitude, sense of urgency, and strong work ethic.
  • Typical Physical Demands:
  • Requires normal range of hearing
  • Requires standing and walking, with some bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing
  • Ability to occasionally move and handle tires weighing up to 100lbs.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Subject to cold and hot temperatures


WORK ENVIRONMENT: While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to outdoor elements in all seasons. Occasionally, the employee will also be exposed to fumes and particles, moving mechanical parts and vibration. The noise level in the work environment and can be loud at times. While performing the duties, the employee is frequently exposed to dirt, dust, grime, grease, oil, gas, high-concentrated cleaning solutions etc.


TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: No travel is required with this position.


Job Function(s): Truck Tire Care

Clean Places, Friendly Faces. It's been the guiding principle at Love's for more than 50 years, and it's leading us into the future. We're passionate about serving drivers with clean, modern facilities stocked with plenty of fuel, food and supplies. Love's has two primary kinds of stores. Our 'Country Stores' are fueling stations with a convenience store attached. The larger 'Travel Stops' are located on interstate highways and offer additional amenities such as food from popular restaurant chains, trucking supplies, showers and more. 

The Love's Experience

Love’s was founded in 1964 on the values of integrity, customer focus, strong work ethic, innovation and perseverance. We are looking for these in every person we hire. No matter what job you do for Love’s, your commitment to these values will not only continue our legacy of growth, it will also ensure your successful career.