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Apprenticeship

Recreation Vehicle Service Technician

Recreation vehicle service technicians install, repair and maintain interior and exterior components on motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, truck campers, tent trailers and van conversions.

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  • Avg. Salary $49,890.00
  • Avg. Wage $27.84
  • Minimum Education Apprenticeship
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Also Known As

Mechanic, Motorhome Mechanic, Service Technician, Truck Camper Repairer

NOC & Interest Codes
The Recreation Vehicle Service Technician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Recreational Vehicle Repairers
NOC code: 7383.3
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to inspect and test functional units, wiring, piping and components such as switches, electric motors and valves to determine specific repairs and replacements

INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing information to disassemble and repair or replace stoves, heaters, pumps and other malfunctioning units, and to repair wiring and test electrical systems

METHODICAL

Interest in speaking with owners to discuss nature of malfunctions and damages to assess extent of repairs required; and in inspecting new vehicles before delivery according to manufacturers' instructions and motor vehicle regulations

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation. 

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Dec 15, 2016

In general, recreation vehicle service technicians:

  • examine and diagnose problems in units needing repair or maintenance
  • use testing equipment, troubleshooting techniques, manufacturers' specifications, and Internet websites to assist at locating faults and making repairs
  • use manuals, catalogues and Internet websites to order repair parts and components
  • use computerized and electronic devices to test components
  • communicate with supervisors, manufacturers and consumers to ensure timely, efficient and economical repairs
  • dismantle faulty assemblies, and repair or replace worn or damaged parts. 

They also may:

  • install accessories
  • perform pre-delivery inspections
  • prepare repair estimates or read/write repair orders
  • troubleshoot problems, repair and maintain propane gas and electric appliances such as furnaces, refrigerators, water heaters, ranges and air conditioners
  • repair fibreglass, body and structural components
  • install, repair, replace and maintain roofs, siding, windows, doors, vents, awnings, floor coverings, cabinets, counters, plumbing systems, electrical systems, propane gas systems, batteries and charging systems.

While they do not repair engines or drive train components of motorized vehicles, they may install trailer and fifth wheel hitches, wire tow vehicles and perform maintenance and repairs on trailer frames, undercarriage and suspension.

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Recreation vehicle service technicians usually work indoors in shops and occasionally work outdoors and at RV sites. Most work a 40 hour, five day week. However, some evening, weekend or holiday work may be required, particularly during the busier summer months. 

Recreation vehicle service technicians may be required to lift and move items that weigh over 25 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Recreation vehicle service technicians need the following characteristics:

  • good manual dexterity and balance while working off the ground 
  • mechanical, electrical and electronics aptitude
  • troubleshooting and problem-solving capabilities
  • good communication, organization and learning skills
  • the desire to upgrade and learn new skills as technology advances
  • the ability to work either independently or with a team
  • pride in workmanship and desire to attain a superior level of expertise.

They should enjoy being challenged by a wide range of tasks that are rarely repetitious.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 15, 2016

To work in Alberta, a recreation vehicle service technician must be ONE of the following:

  • a registered apprentice
  • an Alberta-certified journeyperson
  • someone who holds a recognized related trade certificate.

To register with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, apprentices must:

  • have an Alberta high school transcript with at least English Language Arts 10-2, Math 10-3 and Science 10, or equivalent, or a pass mark in all 5 GED tests, or pass an entrance exam.
  • find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train an apprentice. Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates. Background knowledge in electricity, gas fitting, carpentry, plumbing, mechanics and sheet metal are an asset.

The term of apprenticeship is 3 years (three 12 month periods) that include a minimum of 1,600 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year. High school students can earn credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).

Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for credit or certification.

Recreation vehicle service technician apprentices may take the interprovincial exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training to earn a Red Seal (certification recognized in most parts of Canada).

Technical training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training and is currently offered at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary. 

For more information, visit the Technical Training Centre on the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 15, 2016

This is an Apprenticeship trade. For full details, see the related certification profile

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Recreation vehicle service technicians are employed by recreation vehicle dealerships, manufacturers and independent repair shops.

Experienced recreation vehicle service technicians may move into supervisory or administrative positions, specialize in a particular area of repair, or open their own shops. Alberta certified journeyperson recreation vehicle service technicians who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Recreational vehicle service technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7384: Other trades and related occupations. In Alberta, 79% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 1,200 Albertans are employed in the Other trades and related occupations occupational group. This group is not expected to grow from 2016 to 2020.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Apprentice recreation vehicle service technicians earn at least 55% of the journeyperson wage rate in their place of employment in the first year, 65% in the second and 75% in the third. 

Recreation vehicle service technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7384: Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c..

According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c. occupational group earned on average from $20.17 to $34.62 an hour. The overall average wage was $27.84 an hour. For more information, see the Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c. wage profile.

Related High School Subjects
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Mechanics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website: tradesecrets.alberta.ca

Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association website: www.rvda-alberta.org

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 29, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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