Details Report for:
49-3092.00 - 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. 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 | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings
Tools used in this occupation:
- 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
Technology used in this occupation:
- 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
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
- Cut materials according to specifications or needs.
- Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
- Inspect completed work to ensure proper functioning.
- Confer with customers or users to assess problems.
- Repair defective engines or engine components.
- Repair pipes to stop leaking.
- Reassemble equipment after repair.
- Inspect vehicles to determine overall condition.
- Repair electrical circuits or wiring.
- Repair non-engine automotive or vehicle components.
- Seal gaps or cracks to prevent leakage or moisture intrusion.
- Connect electrical components or equipment.
- Plan work procedures.
- Read work orders or descriptions of problems to determine repairs or modifications needed.
- Record information about parts, materials or repair procedures.
- Estimate costs for labor or materials.
- Remove parts or components from equipment.
- Connect hoses to equipment or piping.
- Refinish wood or metal surfaces.
|Title||Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed|
|Education||These occupations usually require a high school diploma.|
|Related 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.|
|Job 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.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|52||High school diploma or equivalent|
|4||Less than high school diploma|
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.
|49-3031.00||Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists Green|
|49-3041.00||Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians|
|49-3042.00||Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines|
|49-3051.00||Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians|
|49-9011.00||Mechanical Door Repairers Bright Outlook|
|49-9012.00||Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door|
|49-9052.00||Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers|
|49-9098.00||Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers|
|53-7071.00||Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$17.13 hourly, $35,630 annual|
|Employment (2012)||11,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Average (8% to 14%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||4,800|
|Top industries (2012)||
Retail Trade (79% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.