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Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians

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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.

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Confer with customers, read work orders, or examine vehicles needing repair to determine the nature and extent of damage.
    • Repair plumbing or propane gas lines, using caulking compounds and plastic or copper pipe.
    • 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.
    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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    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.

    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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $35,250/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $16.95/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 330
    • Yearly Projected Openings 40
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Independence
    • Self Control
    Tools
    • Specialty wrenches
    • Screwdriver accessories and supplies
    • Jacks
    • Circuit tester
    • Ammeters
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Point of sale POS software
    • Inventory management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.