What Does a Recreation Vehicle Technician Do?

Recreation Vehicle Technicians (690H) service and repair recreational vehicles including fifth wheels, truck campers, trailers and motor homes.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Examining vehicles and assessing the extent of repairs
  • Inspecting and testing functional units, wiring, piping and components
  • Diagnosing problems and locating failures within the electrical, trailer brake, battery and charging systems as well as air conditioning systems, heaters, pumps, plumbing and propane gas lines
  • Preparing cost estimates, parts requisitions and work plans         
  • Communicating with customers and service managers about the functioning of the Recreational Vehicle
  • Reading vehicle manuals and consulting with manufacturers re: vehicle specifications
  • Removing, repairing and replacing exterior panels
  • Repairing and replacing structural frames
  • Installing accessories including air conditioning units, TV antennas and awnings
  • Performing final inspections of units prior to delivery

You may find additional information about this trade and applicable standards at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website – Motive Power sector link: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/membership/resources/training-standards.

To view the Essential Skills necessary for someone working in this occupation, click on the following link for RV Technician, NOC code 7383:

http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/report-eng.do?area=6261&lang=eng&noc=7383&action=final&ln=n®ionKeyword=Burlington%2C+Ontario&s=3&source=0&titleKeyword=recreation+vehicle+technician#RegulatedOccupation

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

Grade 12 or the equivalent (GED or ACE) is required under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). It would be beneficial to have credits in Math, Science and English. Enrolment in OYAP, coop, or obtaining technical credits in electrical systems or mechanics would be a definite asset. You can obtain a Certificate of  Apprenticeship after completing 6280 hours of on-the-job training as well as three 8 week blocks of in-school training for a total of 7000 hours. Upon successful completion of a written examination, the candidate will be recognized by the OCoT Program Development and Standards Unit with a Certificate of Qualification. 

Apprenticeship Subject Pathways provides additional information for students/parents/educators:

MTCU/training/apprenticeship/skills

What’s Your Future as a Recreational Vehicle Technician?

Recreational Vehicle Technicians usually work indoors in repair shops, and may be required to lift loads weighing up to 25 kilograms. A standard 40 hour work week is the norm, and shifts may be required, including evenings, weekends and holidays. The nature of the work is also seasonal. Career progression within the trade can include Supervisory/Management positions. Check out the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association at: www.crva.ca for more information. Employers that hire Recreational Vehicle Technicians include:

  • RV Dealerships
  • RV Repair shops
  • RV Manufacturers

Wage Rate

  • Apprentices generally earn less than Journeypeople
  • As your skills and expertise increase, so does your wage
  • On average, fully qualified Recreational Vehicle Technicians can earn in the range between $11.00/hr-$26/hr depending on the geographic location where they work

Self-Rating

Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Recreational Vehicle Technician for You?

Do you have a mechanical aptitude and enjoy learning and mastering different skills and doing a variety of work?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy communicating with co-workers and customers?

Yes      No

Do you have the physical stamina to work long hours in peak season?

Yes      No

Are you able to bend, kneel, lift, stoop and crouch?

Yes      No

Do you like to solve problems, find and implement solutions?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy keeping up with and learning about new technology?

Yes      No

Do you take pride in persisting until the job is done just right?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Recreational Vehicle Technician may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic

 

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