Okanagan College

Okanagan College

May 30, 2005 14:08 ET

Careers await RV Service Technicians

Attention: Automotive Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor, Transportation Editor KELOWNA--(CCNMatthews - May 30, 2005) - There is a growing need for qualified RV Service Technicians in British Columbia, report the chair of OUC's Motor Vehicle Trades Department and the executive vice-president of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada.
And that need spells opportunities for today's students.
"Many of our members are looking for apprentice and journeyman RV Service Technicians," says Eleonore Hamm, of the RVDA of Canada. "With Canada's changing demographics, and a growing interest in exploring our own country, there is an increase in the use and ownership of RVs. That means a growing need for qualified people to serve them."
OUC is the only institution in British Columbia to offer training for RV Service Technicians. The training program has been recognized internationally for its contribution to the industry. One of the people behind the program and its reputation is Al Cohoe, chair of the Motor Vehicle Department.
"I spent time on the phone last week talking to more than 80 RV dealers throughout our province, trying to ascertain the need for technicians. I can tell you, the need is significant. I was surprised, although in some respects I shouldn't be. Each year for the past several, at about this time, I get many calls from employers asking about our graduating class."
"From what I was told by employers this year, there are job openings right now for as many as 48 service technicians. We're graduating just around a dozen this year. Over the next two years, the dealers anticipate the need for another 91 service technicians."
The jobs are there, says Cohoe, especially if people are willing to relocate to answer employer needs.
And - more importantly - the opportunity for training is also available.
Cohoe notes that there are still spaces available in the RV Service Technician program that starts this September.
"For someone who wants to initially invest seven months into hands-on, internationally-recognized training, this RV Service Technician program represents a great doorway into an exciting industry," says Hamm.
"RVs, like other vehicles, are becoming much more complicated and intricate," says Hamm. "Dealers want to be able to reassure their customers that qualified, well-trained technicians are responsible for the service and repairs they need. This is a trade that is going to grow in importance along with the industry."
For students, says Cohoe, the RV Service Technician program and the trade itself offer a tremendous way to become engaged in something that is challenging and changing on a day-to-day basis. "RV Service Technicians have to deal with a number of different systems. They have to have knowledge of automotive systems, of carpentry, plumbing, gas-fitting, and electrical systems. One minute you might be addressing a suspension issue, the next you might be having to recertify a propane system."
(For information about the RV Service Technician program, you can call
1-877-755-2266, ext. 5457 or visit the Okanagan College website at www.okanagan.bc.ca/page407.aspx).
The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA) is a professional trade association for companies involved in the RV industry. It is an affiliation of provincial and regional associations, representing the interests of our members by providing information and developing programs to enable the industry to realize its maximum potential. For further information, please call 604-718-6325.

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Contact Information

  • Alan Cohoe, Chair Motor Vehicles Department, Okanagan College
    Primary Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 5457
    Toll-Free: 877-755-2266
    E-mail: acohoe@ouc.bc.ca