Sumitomo Rubber USA manufactures and sells a wide range of automotive tires in the US and internationally. Located in Tonawanda, NY (a suburb of Buffalo) our growing workforce produces over 4 Million tires annually for a variety of applications such as passenger cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles.

The transition to Sumitomo Rubber USA brings exciting new opportunities for the Company's existing and prospective employees in Western New York. Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd., whose Global Headquarters is located in Kobe, Japan, has a rich and successful history dating back to 1909. This trend is set to continue with the Company's formal entrance into North America through the former Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America, Ltd. facility, and through planned investments into the Company's infrastructure, manufacturing processes, and work force.

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Tire Test Technician
Title:Tire Test Technician
Job Grade:N05
Location :Huntsville, AL

Tire Technician HPG

Position Summary: Supports all Huntsville Proving Grounds outdoor tire tests for vehicle and motorcycle.

Reports to: Lead Technician, Huntsville Proving Grounds (HPG)

Essential Functions/Duties:

  • Supports the testing of development tires through the preparation of tire tests, including mounting and balancing tires.
  • Assists in the organization and maintenance of the HPG testing service areas and warehouse.
  • Daily shop upkeep – housekeeping duties.
  • Provide assistance to higher level technicians and engineers in all testing and traveling when necessary.
  • Assists the transactions involved with the shipping and receiving of test tires, including performing transactions within the inventory system, and operating a forklift.
  • Assists the with the assignment and prepares the proper test specs for tire testing.
  • Participates in the maintenance of equipment used for tire testing.
  • Maintain circuit equipment – sprinklers, off road equipment, electric gate, etc.
  • Supports marketing, sales, and motorsports events as requested, travel may be required.
  • Responsible for any other additional duties as assigned by HPG management.
  • Work to highest levels of safety and quality – follow all IATF standards.

Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Three (3) years’ experience in the tire industry or related automotive maintenance experience or one (1) year experience at a tire proving grounds.
  • AAS or two-year vocational degree or certificate in Automotive Equivalent and / or combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job also considered - Tire Technician Training / Race Team experience / Special Trades training in motorcycle or automotive repair preferred – MMI, AMI.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.
  • Clean driving record / CDL license a plus.
  • Forklift experience preferred.
  • Must have good analytical skills, common sense, and good reasoning skills.
  • PC skills utilizing Microsoft Excel & Word preferred.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with diplomacy and tact.
  • Must be able to stand, sit, move, and use fingers for extended periods of time. Will require walking primarily on a level hard surface, reaching above shoulder heights and below the waist, as well as lifting to 100 pounds – a very physical job.
  • Must be able to travel and work weekends. Travel time ~30%.
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