Specialist tyre operative

Specialist tyre operative

“A specialist tyre operative predominantly works on heavy or commercial vehicles from specially equipped mobile units”

A specialist tyre operative predominantly works on heavy or commercial vehicles from specially equipped mobile units. In this role, you’ll carry out both scheduled tyre maintenance and emergency response work across a wide variety of locations, ranging from public highways, motorways and construction sites to docks, military facilities and airports. You’ll develop expertise in using a wide range of machinery, including equipment for specialist tyre fitting and repair, lifting, measuring and diagnosis, and vehicle geometry. The commercial vehicles that you’ll work on are critical to their operators, so planning and managing scheduled maintenance programmes is crucial in fitting in with ongoing business operations. As you’ll often be working alone, you’ll need to have strong organisational skills, be good at problem solving and also be an effective communicator. This is particularly true when making safety recommendations to vehicle owners as your advice will often have significant cost implications. As well as regular maintenance, you’ll often handle emergency situations. These could include an HGV with a shredded tyre on the motorway, a blowout on an earthmover on a construction site or a farmer whose combine harvester is out of action.

Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: English and maths

Entry requirements: Depend on employer

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £21,000 per annum