Specialist tyre operative (level 2)
Working on heavy or commercial vehicles, carrying out both scheduled tyre maintenance and emergency response work across a wide variety of locations.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
- Typical duration
- 18 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Engineering and manufacturing
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Ensure their service vehicle is maintained in a roadworthy manner.
- Maintain, check and safely use the required equipment, including basic hand tools, equipment for tyre repairs and replacement, wheel balancing, pressure calibration and diagnosis and wheel geometry.
- Use tyre re-grooving equipment to safely cut new tread on worn commercial tyres, prolonging their life while ensuring they provide safe road-holding performance.
- Carry out a dynamic risk assessment before and during any repair activity, only carrying out work when safe to do so.
- Assess customer and passenger hazards, such as the danger to the vehicle’s driver or passing traffic, and follow the correct procedures to safely secure the work area, such as the use of hazard lights, beacons and traffic cones.
- Inspect, remove, repair and replace commercial vehicle tyres, making assessments as to whether tyres can be repaired or replaced.
- Correctly balance commercial vehicle wheels in all locations.
- Interpret specific data from tyre pressure monitoring systems, EU tyre labelling, tyre sidewall markings and load indices to ensure that appropriate tyres are being used for the relevant vehicles.
- Interpret vehicle specific data and inspect, adjust and report on vehicle front wheel geometry.
- Identify safe working loads and take appropriate action if vehicle weights exceed these.
- Lift and support a range of vehicle types on a range of surfaces in different environments – e.g. roadside, construction sites or agricultural sites – and take action if a vehicle cannot be safely supported in a specific location.
- Communicate in appropriate language which is transparent and jargon free.
- Produce comprehensive inspection reports which are timely, accurate and relevant and provide clear recommendations.
- Accurately cost required work, including parts, labour and VAT.