Reference Quantity: ST0498

Particulars of ordinary

Occupational profile

Specialist Tyre Operatives (STO) are extremely expert and predominantly work on heavy or industrial automobiles from specifically outfitted cellular items. This position may also be known as Industrial Tyre Technician/Fitter, Agricultural & Plant Tyre Technician/Fitter. They perform each scheduled tyre upkeep and emergency response work throughout all kinds of areas, starting from public highways, motorways and development websites to docks, army services and airports. To make sure the protection of each themselves and others within the neighborhood, the technician will make detailed threat assessments as every automobile and site are distinct in nature.

STOs are accountable for the protection of tyres on the UK’s 500,000 HGVs, in addition to abroad vehicles, 3.9million gentle industrial automobiles, 160,000 buses and coaches, and tons of of hundreds of agricultural, industrial, development and earth shifting machines. They’ll work instantly for the operator of a fleet of automobiles, or for a specialist tyre contractor. The STO applies detailed technical data to successfully advise prospects on probably the most value efficient and protected options. That is notably necessary when putting in or repairing tyres on HGVs weighing as much as 44 tonnes.

The STO will normally work from a specifically outfitted cellular unit to suit, keep and restore tyres.  They’ve experience in utilizing a variety of equipment together with tools for specialist tyre becoming and restore, lifting, measuring & analysis and automobile geometry. The industrial automobiles the STO works on are important to their operators, and subsequently planning and managing scheduled upkeep programmes is essential in becoming in with ongoing enterprise operations.   As they’re typically working alone, they should have sturdy organisational expertise, be good at drawback fixing and in addition be efficient communicators.  That is notably true when making security suggestions to automobile homeowners as their recommendation will typically have important value implications.  It’s essential that they might help automobile homeowners enhance the cost-effectiveness of their operations, whereas by no means compromising on security.

In addition to common upkeep, the STO typically handles emergency conditions.  These might embody an HGV with a shredded tyre on the motorway, a blowout on an earthmover on a development web site or a farmer whose mix harvester is out of motion.  All these situations have a major monetary influence, not solely on the automobile’s proprietor however on the broader economic system, e.g. by way of lengthy tailbacks on the motorway, delays in constructing initiatives or crops not being harvested in time, so a capability to work safely at tempo is crucial.

Typical duties can embody:

  • Common inspections of economic automobiles to establish faults and deal with them
  • Correct becoming and restore of tyres to a variety of economic and specialist automobiles
  • Responding to emergency name outs to industrial automobiles across the clock
  • Protected demounting, restore & remounting of tubeless tyres (together with Broad Singles), internal tubes, specialist tyres and Multi Piece Cut up Rim wheels.
  • Protected tyre regrooving – together with evaluation of tyre situation and data of tyre producer’s regrooving patterns.
  • Inventory management, guaranteeing the cellular unit is supplied with tyres of right specification
  • Carrying our threat evaluation and safely securing the roadside or web site the place wanted

Entry requirement:

Particular person employers will set their very own choice standards for candidates. Nevertheless, it’s normally anticipated that they are going to have or be working in direction of a full class B driver’s licence as a result of cellular nature of the position.

The Specialist Tyre Operative will exhibit a data and understanding of…

The Well being & Security at Work Act and the significance of private and automobile protecting tools.

The significance of sustaining a protected service automobile.

The wide selection of instruments required, together with primary hand instruments, tools for tyre repairs and substitute, wheel balancing, stress calibration & analysis and wheel geometry.

Protected engaged on the motorway and trunk highway community, together with the procedures for arriving and departing to/from a stricken automobile and the right course of for requesting help from the Highways Companies or emergency providers the place required.

The development of heavy automobile tyres and supplies utilized in manufacture and restore.

The person necessities of HGV and different industrial automobile tyres, together with wheels and balancing, that are made from a number of elements slightly than a single hub, the right dealing with of tyres frequently weighing over 80kg and whether or not tyres could be repaired or want changing.

The significance of accurately figuring out the foundation explanation for untimely put on or failure.

The ideas and significance of right automobile geometry together with steering, suspension and braking methods.

The protected working processes for utilizing lifting and assist tools together with specialist heavy jacks, props and automobile stands.

The various strategies of communication with prospects.

The vary of rules which can apply to operations together with, BS159 tyre restore requirements, laws governing information safety, shopper rights, hazardous chemical compounds, environmental disposal of finish of life tyres and treating prospects pretty.

Expertise – the Specialist Tyre Operative will have the ability to…

Guarantee their service automobile is maintained in a roadworthy method.

Keep, examine and safely use the required tools, together with primary hand instruments, tools for tyre repairs and substitute, wheel balancing, stress calibration and analysis and wheel geometry.

Use tyre re-grooving tools to soundly lower new tread on worn industrial tyres, prolonging their life whereas guaranteeing they supply protected road-holding efficiency.

Perform a dynamic threat evaluation earlier than and through any restore exercise, solely finishing up work when protected to take action.

Assess buyer and passenger hazards, such because the hazard to the automobile’s driver or passing visitors, and observe the right procedures to soundly safe the work space, akin to using hazard lights, beacons and visitors cones.

Examine, take away, restore and exchange industrial automobile tyres, making assessments as as to if tyres could be repaired or changed.

Appropriately stability industrial automobile wheels in all areas.

Interpret particular information from tyre stress monitoring methods, EU tyre labelling, tyre sidewall markings and cargo indices to make sure that applicable tyres are getting used for the related automobiles.

Interpret automobile particular information and examine, regulate and report on automobile entrance wheel geometry.

Expertise (Cont..)– the Specialist Tyre Operative will have the ability to…

Establish protected working hundreds and take applicable motion if automobile weights exceed these.

Carry and assist a variety of auto sorts on a variety of surfaces in numerous environments – e.g. roadside, development websites or agricultural websites – and take motion if a automobile can’t be safely supported in a particular location.

Talk in applicable language which is clear and jargon free.

Produce complete inspection studies that are well timed, correct and related and supply clear suggestions.

Precisely value required work, together with components, labour and VAT.

Behaviour – the Specialist Tyre Operative

Ensures all operations are carried out with security the overriding concern.

Considers the monetary influence of their suggestions on their prospects’ enterprise.

Acts in a way that promotes the skilled picture of the automotive sector.

Communicates clearly, transparently and truthfully with colleagues, prospects and different stakeholders.

Behaves in accordance with firm values, business codes of conduct and demonstrates respect for patrons and colleagues.

Is courteous always and responds timeously to requests/necessities to construct belief and confidence.

Work as an efficient workforce member by taking duty for their very own actions, being trustworthy and accountable when points come up and issues don’t go as deliberate.

Programme length

Usually it’s anticipated that it’ll take 15 – 18 months to achieve the required degree of competence as a Specialist Tyre Operative.


Apprentices with out degree 1 English and maths might want to obtain this degree and take the take a look at for degree 2 previous to taking their apprenticeship end-point evaluation.  For these with an training, well being and care plan or legacy assertion, the English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Stage 3 and British Signal Language qualification are an alternative choice to English {qualifications} for whom that is their main language.  

Skilled Registration:

On completion of this Commonplace the Specialist Tyre Operative will probably be eligible to use for Institute of Motor Business (IMI) membership and entry on to the IMI Skilled Register.


Stage 2. 

Commonplace assessment:

This apprenticeship will probably be reviewed after 2 years.

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