Summary 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: Master Certified RV Technician (Master Certified Recreational Vehicle Technician), Mobile Service Recreational Vehicle Technician, Recreational Vehicle Parts and Service Director, Recreational Vehicle Service Technician, Recreational Vehicle Technician, RVDA Master Certified RV Technician (Recreational Vehicle Dealer Association Master Certified Recreational Vehicle 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
- 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.
Tools & Technology
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
- 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.
- Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
- 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.
- 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.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- 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.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- 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.
- 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.
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
- Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
- Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
- Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
- Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
- Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Detailed Work Activities
- 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.
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 91% responded “Every day.”
- In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 78% responded “Every day.”
- Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 73% responded “Every day.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 74% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 70% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 74% responded “Every day.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 57% responded “Every day.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 48% responded “Every day.”
- Time Pressure — 52% responded “Every day.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 70% responded “More than 40 hours.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 64% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 59% responded “Every day.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 43% responded “Very important results.”
- Telephone — 43% responded “Every day.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 43% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Spend Time Standing — 65% responded “More than half the time.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 50% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Exposed to High Places — 41% responded “Every day.”
- Contact With Others — 48% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
- Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 57% responded “Every day.”
- In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 39% responded “Every day.”
- Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 43% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 39% responded “Important.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 30% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 39% responded “Some freedom.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 35% responded “Every day.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 39% responded “Important.”
- Consequence of Error — 35% responded “Extremely serious.”
- Outdoors, Under Cover — 35% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 35% responded “More than half the time.”
- Deal With External Customers — 35% responded “Very important.”
- Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 35% responded “Every day.”
- Letters and Memos — 26% responded “Every day.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 48% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
- Electronic Mail — 30% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Physical Proximity — 65% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
- Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 39% responded “Less than half the time.”
|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|
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.
- 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.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- 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.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- 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 & 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)|
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.