TUCSON, Ariz. — The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is working on an update to its Earthmover Tire Service (ETS) training program next year to incorporate the changing needs of the OTR tire industry.
"When we first came up with this program back in 2008, we were pretty much teaching people who had experience, and I think now as that population ages, as we bring in this new generation of technicians, we need to have training that can meet their needs. And that's what our goal is," Kevin Rohlwing, TIA's chief technical officer, announced during the 2023 Off-the Road Tire Conference in Tucson, Feb. 22-25.
The training encompasses best practices in OTR tire and wheel service per TIA and the Klinge Group, helping techs to recognize hazards when dealing with large tires and how to protect themselves from those hazards.
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Most of the safety guidelines and procedures have not changed significantly since the 200-level Basic ETS training and certificate program launched in 2008, but the training needs of the tire and wheel service providers have changed as labor shortages and the average age of technicians increase, Rohlwing said.
The program originally was due to be updated in 2024 with a 2025 release, but TIA decided to ramp up production of the updated version and started filming videos last summer.
TIA plans to film additional footage in 2023 with full production in 2024.