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Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians
SOC Code: 49-3092.00

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Hitch Technician, Master Certified RV Technician (Master Certified Recreational Vehicle Technician), Mobile Service RV Technician (Mobile Service Recreational Vehicle Technician), RV Body Mechanic (Recreational Vehicle Body Mechanic), RV Parts and Service Director (Recreational Vehicle Parts and Service Director), RV Repair Technician (Recreational Vehicle Repair Technician), RV Service Technician (Recreational Vehicle Service Technician), RV Technician (Recreational Vehicle Technician), RVDA Master Certified RV Technician (Recreational Vehicle Dealer Association Master Certified Recreational Vehicle Technician), Service Technician

Tasks

  • Explain proper operation of vehicle systems to customers.
  • Locate and repair frayed wiring, broken connections, or incorrect wiring, using ohmmeters, soldering irons, tape, or hand tools.
  • Repair plumbing or propane gas lines, using caulking compounds and plastic or copper pipe.
  • Confer with customers, read work orders, or examine vehicles needing repair to determine the nature and extent of damage.
  • Examine or test operation of parts or systems to ensure completeness of repairs.
  • 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.
  • Inspect recreational vehicles to diagnose problems and perform necessary adjustment, repair, or overhaul.
  • Inspect, repair, or replace brake systems.
  • Diagnose and repair furnace or air conditioning systems.
  • Repair leaks with caulking compound or replace pipes, using pipe wrenches.
  • List parts needed, estimate costs, and plan work procedures, using parts lists, technical manuals, or diagrams.
  • 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.
  • Reset hardware, using chisels, mallets, and screwdrivers.
  • Refinish wood surfaces on cabinets, doors, moldings, or floors, using power sanders, putty, spray equipment, brushes, paints, or varnishes.
  • Seal open sides of modular units to prepare them for shipment, using polyethylene sheets, nails, and hammers.

Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software - RV Damage Repair Estimator; Topline Software Solutions Topline Service Manager
  • Electronic mail software - Email software
  • Inventory management software - Inventory tracking software
  • Point of sale POS software - Summit Ordering Systems RvInvoiceWriter
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Adjustable wrenches - Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Air compressors - Portable air compressors
  • Air velocity and temperature monitors - Airflow meters
  • Allen wrench - Allen wrench sets
  • Ammeters - Digital ammeters; Inductive ammeters; Milliamp meters
  • Ball peen hammer - Ball peen hammers
  • Battery chargers - Recreation vehicle RV battery chargers
  • Brake repair kits - Brake spoons
  • Brake spring pliers - Automotive brake spring pliers
  • Caulking guns - Caulk dispensers
  • Circuit tester - Continuity testers; Electrical circuit testers; Polarity testers; Trailer plug testers (see all 5 examples)
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Cold chisels - Flat cold chisels
  • Combination wrenches
  • Conduit benders - Tube benders
  • Crimping pliers - Wire crimpers
  • Diagonal cut pliers - Diagonal cutters
  • Drill bit set - Drill bit index sets
  • Electrical frequency meters - Electrical frequency testers
  • Electrical jumper cable - Jumper cable sets
  • Feeler gauges - Flat feeler gauges; Ignition feeler gauges
  • Flaring tool - Tubing flaring tools
  • Gas detectors - Gas leak detectors
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus - Oxyacetylene welders
  • Generator test set - Generator testers
  • GFI circuit testers - Ground fault circuit interrupter GFCI testers
  • Grease guns - Grease dispensers
  • Hacksaw - Hacksaws; Mini hacksaws
  • Hammers - Tire hammers
  • Hand sprayers - Hand operated spray guns
  • Hydrometers - Self-compensating hydrometers
  • Inspection mirror - Mechanics mirrors
  • Insulated scissors - Insulated shears
  • Jacks - Floor jacks; Hydraulic jacks
  • Levels - Bubble levels; Precision levels
  • Linemans pliers - Linesman's pliers
  • Liquid leak detectors - Water system leak testers
  • Locking pliers - Curved jaw locking pliers; Needle nose locking pliers
  • Magnetic tools - Magnetic pickup tools
  • Manifold ambient pressure sensor - Manifold gauges
  • Manometers - Portable digital manometers
  • Metal inert gas welding machine - Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Miter saw - Chop saws
  • Multimeters - Digital multimeters
  • Needlenose pliers - Needle nose pliers
  • Non sparking hammer or mallet - Brass face hammers
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Pad or keyhole saw - Keyhole saws
  • Personal computers
  • Pipe or tube cutter - Tubing cutters
  • Pipe reamer - Pipe reamers
  • Pipe wrenches - Adjustable pipe wrenches
  • Plastic welder - Thermoplastic welders
  • Power drills - Cordless drills; Electric drills
  • Power grinders - Die grinders; Handheld power grinders
  • Power planes - Power planers
  • Power riveter - Pop riveters
  • Power routers - Portable routers
  • Power sanders - Handheld power sanders
  • Power saws - Table saws
  • Power screwguns - Cordless screwdrivers; Electric screw guns
  • Power staple guns
  • Pressure regulator - Air pressure regulators; Water pressure regulators
  • Pry bars - Tire irons
  • Pullers - Battery terminal pullers
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts - Drift punches; Prick punches
  • Putty knives - Putty scrapers
  • Ratchets - Ratchet sets
  • Razor knives - Carpet knives
  • Reciprocating saw - Sabre saws
  • Respirators - Air purifying respirators
  • Retaining ring pliers - Hog ring pliers
  • Round file - Rat-tail files
  • Rubber mallet - Dead blow hammers; Rubber mallets
  • Safety glasses - Protective safety glasses
  • Screwdriver accessories and supplies - Flat screwdriver tips; Phillips screwdriver tips; Robertson screwdriver tips; Torx screwdriver tips
  • Screwdrivers - Flat tip screwdrivers; Phillips screwdrivers
  • Scribers - Machinist's scribes
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine - Arc welders
  • Single gas monitors - Carbon dioxide CO2 testers
  • Slip joint pliers - Straight slip joint pliers
  • Snap pliers - Reversible snap ring pliers
  • Socket attachments and accessories - Socket extensions
  • Socket sets - Impact socket sets
  • Sockets - Socket sets
  • Soldering iron - Soldering tools
  • Spark plug gap gauge - Spark plug ramp gauges
  • Specialty wrenches - Faucet wrenches; Pex wrenches; Thermostat wrenches
  • Squares - Layout squares
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes
  • Thermocouple probes - Thermocouple testers
  • Tile cutter - Tile nippers
  • Timing light - Engine test lights; Ignitor spark testers
  • Tinners snips - Aviation tin snips
  • Tire changing machines
  • Tire pressure gauge - Truck tire pressure gauges
  • Torque wrenches - Beam type torque wrenches; Digital torque wrenches
  • Tube wrenches - Tubing wrenches
  • Tungsten inert gas welding machine - Tungsten inert gas TIG welders
  • Utility knives - Linoleum knives
  • Vacuum gauges - Thermistor vacuum gauges
  • Valve spring compressor - Valve spring compression tools
  • Vehicle lift - Recreational vehicle RV lifts
  • Voltage or current meters - Millivolt meters
  • Welding masks - Welding goggles
  • Wheel balancing equipment - Tire balancing machines
  • Wheel chocks
  • Wheel nut or lug wrench - Lug wrenches
  • Wire brushes - Battery post and terminal cleaners; Wire cleaning brushes
  • Wire-stripping pliers - Wire stripping tools
  • Wrecking or crow bar - Crowbars

Knowledge

  • 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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.

Skills

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

Interests

  • Interest code: RIC
    • 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.

Work Context

  • Spend Time Standing - 65% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 65% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 66% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 45% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 60% responded “Every day.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 46% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 46% responded “Very important.”
  • Time Pressure - 40% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 70% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 59% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 47% responded “Very important.”
  • Contact With Others - 41% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 54% responded “Every day.”
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment - 57% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 39% responded “Important results.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 39% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 37% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 36% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 37% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 41% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 31% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 39% responded “Very important.”
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting - 38% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 31% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 32% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 40% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 61% responded “40 hours.”
  • Exposed to High Places - 31% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling - 36% responded “About half the time.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 31% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 39% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Telephone - 43% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 35% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Level of Competition - 37% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 30% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Physical Proximity - 35% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
48%High school diploma or equivalent
42%Post-secondary certificate
8%Some college, no degree

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $17.89 hourly, $37,200 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 14,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Little or no change (-1% to 1%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 1,700

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