Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians

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About the Job

Diagnose, inspect, adjust, repair, or overhaul recreational vehicles including travel trailers. May specialize in maintaining gas, electrical, hydraulic, plumbing, or chassis/towing systems as well as repairing generators, appliances, and interior components. Includes workers who perform customized van conversions.

It is also Called

  • Vehicle Technician
  • Service Technician
  • RVDA Master Certified RV Technician (Recreational Vehicle Dealer Association Master Certified Recreational Vehicle Technician)
  • RV Technician (Recreational Vehicle Technician)
  • RV Servicer (Recreational Vehicle Servicer)
  • RV Service Technician (Recreational Vehicle Service Technician)
  • RV Repairer (Recreational Vehicle Repairer)
  • RV Repair Technician (Recreational Vehicle Repair Technician)
  • RV Parts and Service Director (Recreational Vehicle Parts and Service Director)
  • RV Mechanic (Recreational Vehicle Mechanic)
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What They Do

  • Seal open sides of modular units to prepare them for shipment, using polyethylene sheets, nails, and hammers.
  • Refinish wood surfaces on cabinets, doors, moldings, or floors, using power sanders, putty, spray equipment, brushes, paints, or varnishes.
  • Reset hardware, using chisels, mallets, and screwdrivers.
  • Open and close doors, windows, or drawers to test their operation, trimming edges to fit, as necessary.
  • Remove damaged exterior panels and repair and replace structural frame members.
  • List parts needed, estimate costs, and plan work procedures, using parts lists, technical manuals, or diagrams.
  • Repair leaks with caulking compound or replace pipes, using pipe wrenches.
  • Diagnose and repair furnace or air conditioning systems.
  • Inspect, repair, or replace brake systems.
  • Inspect recreational vehicles to diagnose problems and perform necessary adjustment, repair, or overhaul.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.



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