For the first time, students gathered in Elkhart, Indiana, this week at the new RV Technical Institute (RVTI) where they began an 8-week course covering the new Level 1 RV technician curriculum and a pilot of the Level 2 curriculum.
The inaugural class is made up of a diverse mix of current RV technicians looking to become certified, as well as people new to the RV industry in search of better career opportunities. Participants range from those just entering the workforce to a couple of retirees looking to fill the need for technicians who can repair RVs in campgrounds. A number of women are also enrolled hoping to expand their skills and job prospects through the training program.
“It is very rewarding to be hosting our first class,” RVTI Executive Director Curt Hemmeler said. “The entire RV industry deserves a lot of credit for the support they have shown to the RV Technical Institute which made this possible. Particularly, the manufacturers and suppliers who provided products for the hand-on training and the dealers who sent their staff to take part in this pilot class.”
About half of the students come from dealerships who have shown their commitment to addressing repair event cycle time (RECT) and providing a high level of service to their customers by sending their technicians to take part in this class.
“This is an exciting week for everyone who has been involved in taking the RV Technical Institute from a concept to reality,” RVTI Senior Director of Education Sharonne Lee said. “Especially those who have been involved in developing the new curriculum. This is the first time the new Level 2 curriculum has been delivered in a consecutive 8-week session. We look forward to what we will learn from this group of students as we finalize the curriculum.”
A cornerstone of the new RVTI curriculum is hands-on training. In just the first two days of Level 1, students learned the basics of propane and the electrical system. This practical training would not be possible without support from companies like Grand Design RV and Forest River that provided RVs. Numerous suppliers also provided RV components for use by RVTI instructors and students.
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