RV Technician Course Study at RVSA

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Recreational Vehicle Service AcademyCourse Study at RVSA
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Recreational Vehicle Service Academy prepares technicians for two unique fields of technician repair. Virtually all short-term RV training schools have modeled their program after this one:

Motorhome and Travel Trailer Repair
Marine Repair

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IMPORTANT NOTICE
Beginning with the March class, our entire course of studies will be on CDs and/or DVD. Therefore, you will be required to bring a laptop to classes. If you do not have a laptop we will provide one to you for a rental fee of $300. At the end of classes, if the laptop is returned in good condition, you will receive a $200 refund.

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MOTORHOME AND TRAVEL TRAILER REPAIR
(400 and 640 Hrs., 10 - 16 Wk)Class - Lab
BASIC
BPT - 200BASIC POWER TECHNOLOGY60 - 15
An introduction into the Pleasurecraft Industry will be covered. Students will be taught to handle all power tools and will be instructed on their safe handling. Basic AC and DC electricity will be presented. Students will learn the safety practices and liability concerns which must be followed in EVERY case. An in-depth study of all combustible gases, both liquid and vapor, will be completed.
ADVANCED
RV - 01ACCESSORIES4 - 12
(Awnings, Antennas, Jacks, etc.)
Full size awnings may be installed using manufacturer's instructions. Service and troubleshooting will be taught by using hardware from Carefree and A&E material and manuals. Students will learn how to install and/or service jacks and levelors, and antennas.
RV - 02BRAKES AND WIRING8 - 8
The Student will use Tekonsha Industries materials and manuals for the hands-on learning of brake repair and troubleshooting. Tekonsha manuals and products will be used to give the students a thorough understanding of hydraulic surge brakes. The student will be taught how to install an electronic and a hydraulic/electronic brake control device. Tekonsha products and manuals will be used to install brake control devices.
RV - 03HITCH AND WIRING8 - 8
Video tapes and manuals from the manufacturers will be used to instruct the students on the understanding of weight and distribution and forces generated between tow and recreational vehicles. The student will learn how to "match the hitch to the vehicle" for safe operation. The student will learn how to install a hitch on a vehicle. Since each application is different, it is very important that they learn how to read and follow the manufacturers directions "Exactly". The student will be taught how to isolate all wires that operate the lights and brakes that are powered from the tow vehicle.
RV - 04ADVANCED R.V. ELECTRICITY16 - 24
This is a more advanced study of AC and DC electricity as it is applied to the RV Industry. Students will learn how to read wiring schematics and apply this knowledge to the troubleshooting and repair of the appliances and accessories used in the RV. Initial instruction will also focus on converters and inverters. Since there are inherent dangers associated with this field of study, SAFETY FIRST, will be very heavily emphasized. It should be noted for the student that the repair of nearly all appliances and accessories depend on both AC and DC power. The study of Electricity, therefore, may be the most critical for the RV Technician and deserves the utmost concentration and mastery. Solar power, as it may apply to the RV, will also be covered.
RV - 05WATER SYSTEMS, FRESH AND WASTE8 - 8
After a brief session on theory, the student will receive hands-on instruction on the operation, service and troubleshooting of the entire water system. This includes: plumbing supplies and manuals supplied by Quest, toilets and manuals provided by Thetford and SeaLand, pumps and manuals provided by ITT Jabsco and Shurflo, and Flojet fresh and waste water holding tanks from Riblet. The student will also learn how to repair water systems using all copper, all plastic and a combination of both. Check - valves, waste valves, and accumulator tanks will be covered in this course. Students will learn how to winterize an RV's water system properly.
RV - 06WATER HEATERS5 - 8
A brief session on theory will be followed by instruction on the operation, service, troubleshooting and installation of several water heaters. Pilot models as well as direct spark ignition models will be used. Safety will be emphasized during instruction on the L.P. gas system and water pressure and relief valves.
RV - 07RANGES AND OVENS4 - 8
Several different models of ranges and ovens will be used in the hands-on instruction of this unit. Operation, service, troubleshooting and installation will also be taught.
RV - 08FURNACES16 -24
Operation, service, installation and extensive hands-on troubleshooting of older as well as more modern electronic ignition furnaces will be covered in detail. Careful attention will be placed on L.P., gas. SAFETY FIRST will be emphasized. Several models of furnaces will be used.
RV - 09ABSORPTION REFRIGERATION8 - 32
The absorber system theory of refrigeration will be held for approximately eight (8) hours. Students will then have hands-on instruction in the operation, service, troubleshooting and installation of refrigerators. Both the older and newer electronic models will be used.
RV - 10AIR CONDITIONERS16 - 24
This course will be introduced by the study of the theory of refrigeration. Students will learn operation, service, troubleshooting, and installation of Duo Therm's Brisk Air and Penquin Coleman's Mach l, lll and Delta and Emerson's Quiet Kool air conditioners. The course on air conditioning will include hands-on instruction on repair and replacement of the cooling unit itself and draining, purging and recharging with refrigerant.
RV - 11GENERATORS16 - 24
An increasing number of recreational vehicles are now equipped with generators and dealers have an increasing need for technicians who can do troubleshooting and make repairs. Several models of generators and manuals will be used to provide hands-on training to learn the proper operation and troubleshooting and service techniques of generators. Onan manuals will be used for schematic troubleshooting. Wiring diagrams and schematics are covered in detail.
RV - 12BODY DAMAGE4 - 16
This course will cover estimating the cost and practical applications of making body repairs. The student will be shown how to evaluate the extent of both visual and, all too often hidden, damage of delamination, collision and floor and roof rot. Students will learn how to estimate the cost of these repairs and determine whether repair is practical. Checklists from local insurance adjusters, RV damage repair estimators and experience RV instructors will be used to provide the instruction. The student will then be introduced to the special tools and sealers used in coach repair.
RV - 13L.P. GAS CARBURETION4 - 8
The student will learn the theory and proper operation of a L.P. gas carburetion system. He will learn how to install a L.P. gas carburetion system and how to diagnose problems and make repairs. SAFETY FIRST will take top priority.
RV - 14CHASSIS AIR CONDITIONING AND MAINTENANCE32 - 48
The Student will be taught the theory and proper operation sequence of the chassis air condition. He will learn how to troubleshoot and diagnose problems, and then how to make the repairs. Products from ARA as well as several other manufacturers will be used. The complete theory of operation will cover the internal combustion engine, electrical system, drivetrain, brake system, steering system lubricants and tune-ups will be presented. The students will then in groups of five (5) or less do hands-on tune-ups, fluid changes, filter inspections and changes, cooling system checks, belt and hose changes and adjustments. The student's vehicles may be used and they will buy the necessary supplies. Instructor prepared materials as well as videos, slides, and the textbook "Auto Mechanics Fundamentals."
RV - 15INTERNSHIP0 - 160
The student will be placed with an RV Dealer in the geographic location of his choice. He will be evaluated by his immediate supervisor weekly. This evaluation will focus on his ability to perform satisfactory service work, ability to interact with customers, attitude toward his profession, and his relationship with supervisors and other technicians.




MARINE TECHNICIAN
(800 Hours, 20 Weeks)Class - Lab
BPT - 200BASIC POWER TECHNOLOGY 24 - 50
An introduction onto the Pleasure Craft Industry will be covered. Students will be taught to handle all power tools and will be instructed on their safe handling. Basic AC and DC electricity will be presented. Students will learn the safety practices and liability concerns which must be followed in EVERY CASE. A study of all combustible gasses, both liquid and vapor, will be completed.
MAT -01MARINE TERMS & TECHNOLOGY16 - 0
This course will not only focus on the terms particular to the Marine industry but on the designs and methods of construction and materials used to manufacture floating craft as well.
MAT - 02FRESH & SALT WATER OPERATION8 - 8
Students will be made aware of the unique problems that may occur with salt water operation. The proper methods of installing through-hull fittings to prevent corrosion will be covered. Metal as well as non-metal corrosion, their causes, prevention and correction will be taught.
MAT - 03ADVANCED MARINE ELECTRICITY16 - 24
This course will place detailed emphasis on generators, multi-voltage systems, converters, inverters, test equipment and all marine electronics. (lorans, radios, radar, G.P.S., etc.)
MAT - 04WATER SYSTEMS8 - 8
Fresh and waste water systems will be covered in this section. The repair of both electronic and manual pumps will be taught as will the installation and maintenance of water making equipment.
MAT - 05WATER HEATERS4 - 8
Theory will be followed by instruction on the operation, service, troubleshooting and installation of all types of water heaters including electric, kerosene and diesel models.
MAT - 06STOVES & OVENS4 - 8
Several different styles and models of stoves and ovens will be used for the study of theory and operation. Alcohol, kerosene, and electric fired models will be used.
MAT - 07FURNACES / HEATERS8 - 16
Operation, service, installation and extensive hands-on troubleshooting of kerosene, electric and diesel powered furnaces and heaters will be covered in detail.
MAT - 08REFRIGERATION8 - 32
The compressor system theory of refrigeration will be held for eight (8) hours. Students will then have hands-on instruction in the operation, service, troubleshooting and installation of refrigerators. Both older AC/DC electric and cold plate models will be used.
MAT - 09AIR CONDITIONING16 - 24
This course will begin with the theory of operation then on the diagnosis and repair of air conditioners used on boats. The hands-on instruction will focus on repair of the cooling unit, and draining, purging, soldering then recharging with refrigerant. The ARI certification test will be administered to those students expressing an interest.
MAT -10GENERATORS16 - 24
Several types of generators including gasoline and diesel powered models will be used to provide hands-on training to learn the theory and proper operation, troubleshooting and service techniques for generators. Wiring diagrams and schematics will be covered in detail.
MAT - 11ASSESSORIES8 - 16
Installation, troubleshooting and repair of radios, lorans, depth finders, antennas, blowers, gas sniffers, readars, sonars, pumps, instruments, G.P.S., Auto-Pilots, etc, will be covered in this unit of study.
MAT - 12MARINE CONTROLS8 - 8
The importance of timely and proper maintenance on all controls used of the marine control systems (steering, rudders, outdrives, etc.) will be covered in detail.
MAT - 13FIBERGLASS REPAIR4 - 4
This course will focus on estimating the cost and practical applications of making fiberglass repair. They will be introduced to the special tools and finishes for fiberglass.
MAT - 14BOAT PAINTS8 - 0
The many different types of paints, both top-side and bottom-side paints used on boats will be covered. Proper preparation and application will also be discussed.
MAT - 15WOOD TYPES AND FINISHES8 - 8
This area will cover the types of wood used on boats, the problems of corrosion and rot and the proper restoration and refinishing methods used.
MAT - 16BOAT SURVEYS & COMMISSIONS8 - 0
The importance of the kinds of conditions of a boat that affect a survey will be discussed.
MAT - 17U.S.C.G. REGULATIONS4 - 0
A discussion of the regulations for safe boat operation will be followed by an inspection of a boat for safety violations.
MAT - 18NAVIGATION8 - 0
The basic methods of navigation will be discussed. Students will learn the various methods used in navigation and the proper way to read a maritime chart
MAT - 19ENGINE FUNDAMENTALS20 - 38
The theory of operation of two-cycle and four cycle gasoline and diesel engines will be followed by detailed instruction on routine and preventive maintenance. Students will then be instructed on how to troubleshoot these engines.
MAT - 20INTERNSHIP0 - 160
The student will be placed in a marina in a geographic location of his choice. He will be evaluated by his supervisor weekly. This evaluation will focus on his service work, interaction with customers, attitude toward his profession and relationship with fellow technicians.

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