Recreation Vehicle Technician (Recreational Vehicle Service Technician)
Introduction
Recreation vehicle technicians repair or replace electrical wiring, plumbing, propane gas lines, appliances, windows, doors, cabinets and structural frames in recreational vehicles. They are employed by dealers and independent service shops.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read reminders and short notes from co-workers, e.g. read notes from service managers to learn about upcoming meetings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read safety-related information, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to learn how to safely handle refrigerants. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to recognize symbols and icons, e.g. identify hazard symbols on Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write incident reports, e.g. complete incident reports to describe events leading up to accidents. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Equipment Repair and Maintenance
Reading
Ability to read short instructions written on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. read product labels to learn how to mix adhesives. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read short text entries on a variety of forms and technical drawings, e.g. read comments on work orders to learn about vehicle repairs required. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read notices and technical service bulletins, e.g. read technical service bulletins to learn about recurring faults with particular models and approved repair procedures. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read a variety of paper-based and electronic repair manuals to learn how to troubleshoot, service and maintain vehicles, e.g. read manuals to learn how to repair electrical system faults. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read instruction manuals for the use of computerized tools and equipment, e.g. read user guides to learn how to operate equipment, such as scan tools. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to understand and interpret written electrical, propane and plumbing codes applicable to the recreational vehicle trade. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate information such as the position of parts using simple assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate operating data such as temperatures, pressures and electrical readings using gauges and digital readouts. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to enter repair and service data into work orders, corrective action forms and computerized data management systems, e.g. enter the time spent, parts used and steps taken to repair vehicles. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to interpret flowcharts, e.g. interpret a multi-step flowchart to learn how to troubleshoot a faulty electrical system. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to interpret graphs generated by computerized equipment, such as scan tools, to troubleshoot faults and establish the condition of vehicle components. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate information such as the position of parts using moderately complex assembly drawings. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to interpret complex technical drawings, e.g. study assembly drawings to determine the position of parts within complex transmissions and scan wiring system schematics to locate capacities and components, such as circuits, and troubleshoot faults. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate data, such as classifications, material coefficients, identification numbers, quantities and costs, in complex specification tables. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and repair procedures using complex scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to decide which tools to use, procedures to follow and tests to perform to diagnose and repair vehicles. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures, vibrations and odours. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to judge the condition of parts, e.g. inspect sprockets for signs of cracks, missing teeth and loose fit. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Databases
Ability to use databases to input and retrieve data such as repair histories and the availability of parts. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Internet
Ability to use Internet browsers and search engines to locate information such as equipment specifications and repair guides. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Other Digital Technology
Ability to use diagnostic equipment (e.g. scan tools) to determine operational data, such as pressure readings. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to understand and interpret written information in text books, training manuals and technical reports. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate and enter data on labels, e.g. locate mixing ratios and drying times on the labels of products, such as sealers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to complete a variety of checklists and forms, e.g. complete assessment forms by checking boxes and entering data such as dates, times and quantities. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write brief notes, e.g. describe needed repairs on work orders and vehicle inspection forms. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short text entries in forms such as work orders, application forms and supply requests. (Complexity: 1)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)