Details for Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians
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.
- Examine or test operation of parts or systems to ensure completeness of repairs.
- Repair plumbing or propane gas lines, using caulking compounds and plastic or copper pipe.
- Inspect recreational vehicles to diagnose problems and perform necessary adjustment, repair, or overhaul.
- Locate and repair frayed wiring, broken connections, or incorrect wiring, using ohmmeters, soldering irons, tape, or hand tools.
- Confer with customers, read work orders, or examine vehicles needing repair to determine the nature and extent of damage.
- List parts needed, estimate costs, and plan work procedures, using parts lists, technical manuals, or diagrams.
- Connect electrical systems to outside power sources, and activate switches to test the operation of appliances or light fixtures.
- Connect water hoses to inlet pipes of plumbing systems, and test operation of toilets or sinks.
- Remove damaged exterior panels, and repair and replace structural frame members.
- Open and close doors, windows, or drawers to test their operation, trimming edges to fit, as necessary.
- Repair leaks with caulking compound or replace pipes, using pipe wrenches.
- 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.
- Seal open sides of modular units to prepare them for shipment, using polyethylene sheets, nails, and hammers.
- Explain proper operation of vehicle systems to customers.
- Inspect, repair, or replace brake systems.
- Diagnose and repair furnace or air conditioning systems.
- Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
- Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
- Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Education, training, experience
- Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
- Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
- Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
- Engineering and Technology -Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- Mechanical -Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.