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Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians

Recreational vehicle service technicians inspect, adjust, diagnose, overhaul and repair recreational vehicles including travel trailers. Some RV technicians may specialize in maintaining electrical, plumbing, gas, hydraulic or chassis/towing systems. They may also specialize in repairing appliances, generators and interior components. The profession includes workers that perform customized van conversions.

Some of the common job titles are recreational vehicle technician, recreational vehicle repairer, master certified RV technician, master certified recreational vehicle technician, RVDA master certified RV technician, recreational vehicle dealer association master certified recreational vehicle technician and mobile service recreational vehicle technician.

Responsibilities

  • Inspect recreational vehicles and diagnose problems
  • Evaluate and test systems and parts to make sure repairs were completed
  • Determine the nature and extent of damage
  • Estimate costs
  • Remove damaged exterior panels and replace and repair structural frame members
  • Test and repair electrical and plumbing systems
  • Record details of repair work
  • Replace or repair defective parts

Job Characteristics

RV mechanics should have mechanical aptitude. They need to follow safety practices. RV mechanics usually work a standard 40 hour week.

Employment Outlook

The employment growth from 2006 to 2016 for recreational vehicle service technicians is projected to be faster than the average for all occupations. In 2008 the median hourly wage for recreational vehicle service technicians was $15.14.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Recreational vehicle service technicians can become certified by passing the RVDA-RVIA RV Service Technician Certification Test. The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association offers RVIA Trouble Shooter Clinics which provide hands-on training and offer a lot of the core knowledge evaluated by the test.

The RV Service Technician Certification Program is designed to help the RV industry and the public in identifying technicians that have demonstrated the knowledge and the ability to meet the standards in RV diagnostic and repair procedures as adopted by the Governing board. Certification demonstrates the technicians experience and competence in the field. Certification can improve the chances of getting a job in the field.

Resources

Major Employers

The top job providing sectors are recreational vehicle dealers, motor vehicle dealers, automotive repair and maintenance; motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing; and automotive parts, accessories and tire stores.

Schools for Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tucson 30 $32,500
Scottsdale N/A $29,940
Mesa N/A $29,940
Phoenix N/A $29,940
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway N/A $35,900
North Little Rock N/A $35,900
Little Rock N/A $35,900
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oxnard 30 N/A
Ventura 30 N/A
Thousand Oaks 30 N/A
Fairfield 30 N/A
Vallejo 30 N/A
Modesto N/A $35,620
Ontario N/A $36,680
Riverside N/A $36,680
San Bernardino N/A $36,680
San Diego N/A $38,550
Carlsbad N/A $38,550
Arcade N/A $39,790
Sacramento N/A $39,790
Roseville N/A $39,790
Arden N/A $39,790
Stockton N/A $43,030
Lodi N/A $43,030
Long Beach N/A $48,000
Los Angeles N/A $48,000
Anaheim N/A $48,000
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Grand Junction 30 $40,450
Lakewood N/A $53,670
Denver N/A $53,670
Aurora N/A $53,670
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jacksonville N/A $34,390
Melbourne N/A $36,580
Titusville N/A $36,580
Palm Bay N/A $36,580
Bradenton N/A $52,280
North Port N/A $52,280
Sarasota N/A $52,280
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Coeur d'Alene 50 $33,230
Boise City 40 $40,790
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 40 $37,570
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Goshen 550 $34,440
Elkhart 550 $34,440
Anderson N/A $36,540
Carmel N/A $36,540
Indianapolis N/A $36,540
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita N/A $32,410
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn N/A $37,520
Warren N/A $37,520
Detroit N/A $37,520
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 80 $33,570
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise N/A $37,620
Henderson N/A $37,620
Las Vegas N/A $37,620
Reno N/A $43,790
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 60 $33,340
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 60 $36,810
Winston 60 $36,810
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tulsa 90 $39,410
Oklahoma City N/A $32,060
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Medford N/A $40,120
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 270 $39,030
Arlington 270 $39,030
Fort Worth 270 $39,030
Edinburg 50 $32,490
Mission 50 $32,490
McAllen 50 $32,490
San Antonio N/A $35,540
New Braunfels N/A $35,540
El Paso N/A $43,500
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City N/A $33,790
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 70 $28,770
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 260 $47,100
Bellevue 260 $47,100
Seattle 260 $47,100
Richland 60 $33,300
Kennewick 60 $33,300
Anacortes N/A $43,620
Mount Vernon N/A $43,620

Most Popular Industries for :
Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Auto And Auto Parts Dealers 10,630 82% $31,460
Maintenance And Repair 1,480 11% $31,600
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 430 3% $34,640
Durable Goods Wholesale 220 1% $27,200
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