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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Lead X-Ray Technician
Title:Lead X-Ray Technician
Job Grade:N06
Location :Tonawanda, NY

Lead X-Ray Technician

Position Summary: Examines tires for anomalies and quality problems using X-Ray equipment. In addition, assist in the monitoring and coordination of warehouse activities regarding product quality and assurance that tires shipped have met all established quality standards.


Essential Functions/Duties:

  • Examines tires from production samples, new releases and special requests for quality anomalies using X-ray equipment or visual inspection. Said responsibility does require the manual handling of tires being expected.
  • Responsible for assisting the Manager of Factory Quality control, as directed, in achieving compliance to established quality standards.
  • Works with Maintenance department, Plant Engineering personnel, and X-ray machine Manufacturing Representative on machine preventive maintenance & general operations. Programs machine unit to accept specific tire sizes being examined. Responsible for contacting the above resources regarding any necessary adjustment and/or repairs.
  • Responsible for keeping accurate records of all X-ray activities and then issuing daily & weekly results to the Manager of Factory Quality Control and Quality Engineering personnel.
  • Conducts follow-up evaluations of tires if any sample is found to contain an anomaly. Reports said problem to Factory Technical services, the Manager of Factory Quality Control and Quality Engineering personnel. Holds tire and/or supply a picture of questionable product.
  • Responsible for operating a stacker and fork truck to move tires in/out of work area and non-conforming area. Keeps same area clean and orderly.
  • Weighs tires to assure they conform to specifications. Gathers information for product weight control program. Responsible for issuing weekly & monthly reports on same.
  • Coordinates the movement and all activity involved with impounding, analysis and disposition of questionable product. Responsible for issuing forms and reports on same.
  • Cross trained in Moto and TBR X-ray along with Shearography.
  • Responsible for teaching equipment new tires.
  • Makes reports on findings.
  • Assists in product quality audit and uniformity equipment verification activities.
  • Works to the direction of the Manager of Factory Quality Control and Quality Engineering personnel in order to perform other designated duties including but not limited to audits and inspections.
  • Is committed to and promotes continuous improvement throughout the organization.


Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • 2-5years’ experience in related industry; preferably in the automotive/tire industry.
  • 2-5 years’ experience in inspection/ monitoring equipment role.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude.
  • Demonstrated analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to life tires up to 50lbs
  • Ability to drive Powered Industrial truck.
  • Strong PC skills including the utilization of Lotus Notes and Microsoft Word, Excel, Access software applications.


Sumitomo Rubber, USA offers competitive compensation and benefits packages. If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply at
EOE M/F/Disabled/Veterans, Sumitomo Rubber, USA is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

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