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Race Tire Production: Experimental Technician



Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Company Overview

Wherever you work and whatever role you fill, when you represent the Bridgestone name you know that you are a valued teammate who is part of our larger mission to “Serve Society with Superior Quality.” We start by offering each teammate more than just a salary. We provide formal training, competitive performance incentives, paid vacation and holidays, healthcare packages for full-time and part-time employees, and a 401k plan to help build your future.

We believe people can only provide superior service and quality to others when they are allowed to bring their whole selves to work and know they are supported. We believe in championing all perspectives, individuals and teams because we understand the importance of seeing the world and our business through many different lenses. We are building a team as diverse as the world we serve. So, show us what you’re made of. Show us the smart stuff, the tough stuff, the bold, beautiful and brave stuff. Because who you are is what we need.

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation headquartered in Japan. Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand products to address the needs of a broad range of customers and industries.

Job Category

Production & Skilled Trades

Position Summary

The Experimental Technician position operates and/or assists in the operation of machines to build tires, tire components, and materials, primarily race tires. Checks, tests, and inspects raw materials, goods in process, and finished goods.


Curing Press Operator/Mold Changer/Final Inspection. Operate and/or assist in the operation of curing presses, mold changing, TUO/TIG machines and other related equipment toward meeting specific work assignments.

Tire Machine Operator/Drum changer. Operate and/or assist in the operation of tire machines, drum changing and other related equipment toward meeting specific work assignments.

Calendaring/Extrusion and Stock Preparation. Operate and/or assist in the operation of calendars, extrusion lines, and other related stock preparation equipment toward meeting specific work assignments.

Additionally, certain other tasks associated with the successful operation of the Advanced Technology Workshop, such as equipment cleanup and operation of technological aids may be required to ensure proper quality of results. Perform other typical duties consistent with job factors as required or that may be requested by supervision to meet department objectives. Participation in operation aids such as quality circles and performance is expected.

Check, verify, transport, unload, rearrange and assemble materials, liners and containers as directed.

Maintain neat or orderly work and storage areas, sweeping the floor, emptying trash containers, cleaning oil spillage, etc., Maintain and record daily production activities, transactions and forklift “checklist”.

Properly handle EPA regulated waste within the department.

Equipment and Tools Used in Position. Curing presses with PI, TUO, WSW grinder and balance unit. Also, a doper-blemish painter, tread splice press, storage skids, power lift trucks, large air powered socket wrench, boom type power lift truck, chains, hoist, mold cleaning equipment, drill, hand and bench tools, inspection stand, trim knives, and identification stamp. Tire machine with programmable controller, hot box, cement, swab, swab holder, concave, bevel and corrugated stitchers, scissors, AWL, hot and v-knives, protractors, wrinkle pick, ruler and miscellaneous tools and tool box. Calendars, extruders, HD vertical spadone, and hot extruded bead filler system. Letoffs, windups, tread trays, slitter, gauges and knives, controls for temperature, speed and conveyor, cushion and contour calendar. Weigh scale, base cement unit, adjustable cutting knife, stripping marker and printer dies, perform and final form, mill knives, shears, and solvent can.

Preferred Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

Safety Requirements. Observe all applicable safety rules to avoid accidents. Exercise care when operating power trucks and wear protective goggles when operating saws, grinders, buffers and fillers, etc. Care must be taken to use all safety devices.

Required Physical Activities and Working Conditions. Bending, carrying, walking, standing, turning, handling, sitting, hearing, lifting, fingering, climbing, feeling, pushing, pulling, reaching and stooping. Noise, vibration, odors, and dust are involved. Some work is confining, greasy, dirty and performed in the presence of high temperature and mechanical hazards. Job requires normal vision, walking speed and depth perception. Ability to lift, manipulate, roll, and load tires and equipment up to 75 pounds.

Comments. Must be able to be trained and fully certified for forklift/mobile equipment operation. Reasonable and customary training will be provided by the Company to increase employee knowledge.

Location. Position is located in Akron, OH

Bridgestone is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. It is our policy to consider for employment all individuals regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Employment Eligibility

If hired, a Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification must be completed at the start of employment. Temporary work authorization or the need for sponsorship may disqualify you from employment.