If you like a variety of work, an aptitude for mechanical and electronic work as well as problem solving – you will like a career as a Recreation Vehicle Service Technician. Recreation vehicle service technicians install, repair and maintain interior and exterior components on motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, truck campers, tent trailers and van conversions. Duties may include,
- Installation of accessories
- Performing pre-delivery inspections
- Writing repair estimates and reading and writing repair orders
- Troubleshooting, repair and maintenance on propane gas and electric appliances such as furnaces, refrigerators, water heaters, ranges and air conditioners
- Repairs to fibreglass, body and structural components
- The ability to install, repair, replace and maintain roofs, siding, windows, doors, vents, awnings, floor coverings cabinets, counters, plumbing systems, electrical systems, propane gas systems, batteries and charging systems
- While they do not repair engines or drive train components of motorized vehicles, they may install trailer and fifth wheel hitches, wire tow vehicles and perform maintenance and repairs on trailer frames, undercarriage and suspension.
In general, recreation vehicle service technicians examine, troubleshoot and diagnose units needing repairs and/or maintenance, use testing equipment, troubleshooting techniques, manufacturers' specifications, and Internet websites to assist at locating faults and performing repairs, use manuals along with catalogues and Internet websites to order repair parts and components, use computerized and electronic devices for testing components, communicate with supervisors, manufacturers and consumers to ensure timely. efficent and economical repairs, and dismantle faculty assemblies, repair or replace work and damaged parts.
This is a compulsory trade - to work in this trade you need to hold a recognized trade certificate or be a registered apprentice.
Start your career by finding an employer who is willing to indenture you as an apprentice. Recreation vehicle service technicians are employed by recreation vehicle dealerships, manufacturers and independent repair shops. Recreation vehicle service technicians usually work in indoor shops and occasionally work outdoors and at RV sites. The work is most rewarding for those who enjoy a relatively clean, safe work environment that is not generally physically demanding.
As a journeyperson, you will likely make a wage between $30 - $40 and hour depending on your employer.
After becoming a journeyperson, you may advance to supervisory positions, specialize in a type of repair or take on new apprentices. Some journeypersons go on to run their own businesses – we can help you build your business with our Blue Seal business certificate.
Students who have the following characteristics see greater success in the trade:
- Good manual dexterity and balance while working off the ground
- The strength, stamina and ability to use proper lifting techniques to lift items in excess of 25 kilograms
- Mechanical, electrical and electronics aptitude
- Troubleshooting and problem-solving capabilities
- Good communication, organizational and learning skills
- The desire to upgrade and learn new skills as technology advances
- The ability to work either independently or as a team member
- Pride in workmanship and the desire to attain a superior level of expertise
- A commitment to safe work habits
Upon successfully completing the required working hours and technical training periods, graduates will be awarded journeyperson status by Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training. This is a Red Seal Endorsed trade – a recognizable standard that allows tradespeople to work across Canada.
Admission and Completion
To enter an apprenticeship, you must have the educational qualifications required or recommended education for the trade to which you apply.
Entrance Requirements are monitored and set by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.
Successful completion of the following courses:
- English 10-2
- Math 10-3
- Science 10
A pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests
Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance Exam
Apprentices with an Alberta High School Diploma that includes the following courses:
- English 30-2
- Math 30-3
- Physics 30 and Chemistry 30
- Related career and technology studies (CTS) courses
How to register
Registration for technical training is run through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Learn how you can register for your next intake.
After you register
Email is the primary source of communication after you have registered for your intake. Please ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.
Apprentices in this trade will spend 3 years (three 12-month periods) of on-the-job training and technical training at SAIT. Technical training will be 8 weeks each year.
|Find an employer willing to indenture you as an apprentice|
|Apply as an apprentice with AIT and your employer|
|Sign contract and recieve record book|
|Written entrance examination or get approved for previous transcripts|
|Complete first period of on-the-job-training (1600 hours)|
|Register at SAIT|
|Attend first period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT|
|Pass first period Trade Qualification Exam|
|Complete second period of on-the-job training (1600 hours)|
|Register at SAIT|
|Attend second period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT|
|Pass second period Trade Qualification Exam|
|Complete third period of on-the-job training (1600 hours)|
|Register at SAIT|
|Attend third period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT|
|Pass third period Trade Qualification Exam|
|Become a Journeyperson|
|Write and pass the Interprovincial Qualification Exam|
Technical Training Performance
To be successful in technical training, an apprentice must pass each section of the course and pass the AIT exam. The passing grade for each section in the course is a 65%. A passing mark on each Trade Qualification Exam and the Interprovincial Qualification (or Red Seal Exam) is 70%.
Domestic tuition and fees*
|Period||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Student Association fees||2019/20 total|
Books and supplies*
Books or modules along with other items for class average out to $600 per period.
Do not purchase books or modules ahead of time as they might be outdated by the time you attend classes and they cannot be returned to the bookstore.
- Personal Protective Equipment will be required for the program, which may be an additional cost to apprentices.
*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
Membership to the SAIT Wellness centre - including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetteball courts and eight room is available to apprentices at a discounted rate.
Our apprenticeship cost calculator can help you make a financial plan by identifying and adding up your expected expenses while attending SAIT — find out exactly how much money you need to save, seek or borrow to get you through your studies.