Working for a Living for Dec. 27, 2012

For Weekly SurgeDecember 25, 2012 

Let it Roll:

Jason Weiss and the Big Machines

“I have always been around big vehicles,” says Jason Weiss, 27. Indeed, his work bears this out. From towing and repossessing cars to driving a tractor-trailer for a rail yard, it seems there has always been a large machine in his life. Originally from Pittsburgh, Weiss was a volunteer fireman for 11 years in Pennsylvania, ultimately serving as engineer for the White Oak Volunteer Fire Company Number One. “Dad was a fireman, and I decided to follow in his footsteps,” he says.

Weiss wondered what it would be like to do tires on large vehicles, and went to work for an outfit called Lockhart Tire in Pittsburgh, where he remained for more than five years before moving to Myrtle Beach in April 2011.

Weekly Surge is always interested in how and why folks decided to make the Grand Strand their home. When we asked Weiss this question, he became quiet for a moment. “We were in love and I moved down here,” he says. “Things ended terribly, but if I had to go back and make the choice again, I would still do it the same way.”

Fortunately for him, however, Weiss secured a job as service technician with Tire Town of Myrtle Beach [ www.tiretownsc.com] on a visit before moving here – and went to work two days after he arrived. He also benefitted from specialized training at the Michelin Plant in Greenville, receiving a certification for earthmover tires.

“I go anywhere and everywhere that is needed to work on tires. I could be out in the middle of the woods one day and on the side of the highway the next.” He can be spotted in his service truck anywhere from McClellanville to almost Wilmington, N.C. “I could go from changing a tire on a big rig to doing a tire on a Bobcat – or working on a big front-end loader on a jobsite somewhere,” he says. He says his boom truck is equipped to change anything from a four-inch tire to something bigger than a car. “They cost more than the average automobile, and there are some that barely fit in the back of my truck.”

Weiss says he works in conjunction with this boom truck. “It’s operator and machine along with multiple hand tools. A boom is hydraulic arm.” His workday usually starts between 6 and 7 a.m. “I work until the job gets done. Sometimes it’s eight hours – sometimes it’s 12 or 14 hours.” All of this driving has given him an edge in regard to the lay of the land, but he still encounters the occasional red herring. “All of the new housing plans are not on the map yet, so it’s kind of get close and find your way from there.”

Outside interests include, well, the outside: Four-wheeling, fishing and the like. “I enjoy going and playing in the mud, or just cruising around the Grand Strand, seeing all the sights.” He might hit up the beach when he has time. “Usually I can be found on Friday and/or Saturday night at Rodeo Bar and Grill at Broadway at the Beach,” he says. “You can sit up there and relax – have a few beers and enjoy a cigar.”

He is a born-and-bred, diehard Steelers fan. “I’ve been to Oscar’s (in North Myrtle Beach), but it’s a known fact that there is a Steelers bar in just about every major city in the United States.”

Weiss says he would like to continue to advance at work, and as for the Grand Strand, he is happy. “I have a great pickup truck, I have my own apartment and it’s just a great place to live.”

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