RV Generators, the next course offered in the RV Technician Distance Learning Program, begins March 18 and runs through May 5. The cost for the course is $125.
According to a press release, the course, which is supported by the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) and Northampton Community College, provides the students a very detailed look
into the idiosyncrasies of the voltage and power-producing device. Understanding that mechanical motion, including mechanical adjustments has a direct electrical result helps students through the nuances of this
sometimes difficult-to-understand machine. Generator sizing, installation, troubleshooting, repair and maintenance are all studied.
“The program is designed for someone who wants to go all the way as an RV technician,” Ron Donachie, the program’s instructor states. “If you want to become a certified tech, this is the way to do it.” The online course requires hands-on assignments and quizzes and allows students to interact with the instructor and other participants. The best part is, students can log-on any time, day or night. “This is more than just watching step by step instructions in a training video,” Donachie says. “You get the training needed to become an RV tech.”
Tuition cost is $125 and employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and
textbooks upon successful completion of the course. Completion earns participants 48 RV Technician Recertification Credit hours.
To register for the courses, visit https://lifelearn.northampton.
password. If you have any trouble registering for the course, call Northampton Community College at 877-543-0998.
To purchase the textbooks required for the course, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-303-2887. The courses materials are supported by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing. For more information on the courses and instructor, Ron Donachie, visit www.ronsmobilerv.com.
Due to increased demand, the RV Technician Distance Learning Program, supported by Northampton Community College and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), is offering two courses in March. RV Water Heaters (Beta 6018) will run March 26 through April 22, and RV Plumbing Systems (Beta 6011) will run March 26 through April 29.
According to a press release, RV Water Heaters will identify the various types of RV water heaters and their individual components moves quickly into the proper installation procedures. Operational problems are then dissected and repair procedures are studied to perfection. After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:
• Identify the different water heater types.
• Explain the theory of operation and combustion.
• Obtain model specifications.
• Identify the advantage of a heat exchange and verify flow.
• Identify special tools and their use.
• Identify related terminology.
• Identify components and their functions.
• Diagnose common operational problems and determine causes.
• Repair and/or replace faulty components.
• Determine interchangeability of models.
• Install water connection
• Determine AC and DC electrical requirements and connect.
• Determine LP requirements and connect.
• Verify proper operation.
• Perform preventive maintenance procedures.
• Identify and apply codes and standards
RV Plumbing Systems will allow students to identify and appreciate all types of plumbing systems associated with both fresh water and waste water systems. The various types of plastics used are discussed as are the various system tests mandated by RVIA. A detailed look into the recommended winterization processes is also a focus. The student will have a complete understanding of how the RV incorporates the entire spectrum of fresh water and waste management. After successful completion of this course the student will also effectively be able to:
• Identify the various RV plumbing systems.
• Identify, troubleshoot and repair the drainage systems.
• Identify listed and approved plumbing components.
• List the differences between the demand system and the pressure system.
• Perform cutting and cementing of ABS piping.
• Identify fresh water and waste water system components.
• Test fresh water plumbing system using a pressure gauge.
• Identify and utilize plumbing system special tools.
• Identify and connect all types of plastic piping (PEX, PB, CPVC).
• Identify, utilize and leak-proof the various plumbing fittings used in RVs
• Identify and repair/replace the types of plastic tanks used in the plumbing systems.
• Demonstrate the basics of plastic welding.
• Identify demand water pump components.
• Troubleshoot, test, repair/install water pumps.
• Locate and utilize low point drain valves.
• Identify, troubleshoot and repair water leaks in fresh water system and waste water system.
• Repair holding tanks and fresh water containers.
• Troubleshoot and rebuild faucets, drain components and termination assemblies.
• Identify the various types of RV toilets.
• Troubleshoot, repair/replace RV toilets, fixtures and fittings.
• Perform fixture flood level and flow tests.
• Identify the methods used to winterize RVs.
• Prepare a coach for winter storage (winterize).
• Identify codes and standards applicable to fresh water systems and waste water systems.
PRVCA member employees will receive 50% reimbursement on tuition after successful completion of a course. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate that can be faxed to the PRVCA office at 717-303-0297 and a check for 50% of the courses tuition will be mailed to the student. It’s that simple. All of the courses are RVIA-approved and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing. The courses can also go towards RVIA/RVDA recertification credits. RV Water Heaters qualifies for 18 credit hours and RV Plumbing Systems qualifies for 24 credit hours.
For more information on how the program works, call the PRVCA office at 888-303-2887. To register for the courses, call Northampton Community College at 1-877-543-0998.
The spring schedule for the RV Technician Distance Learning program at Northampton Community College, in partnership with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), has been set. According to a press release, PRVCA member employees will receive 50% reimbursement on tuition after successful completion of a course.
Upon completion, students will receive a certificate that can be faxed to the PRVCA office at 717-303-0297 and a check for 50% of the courses tuition will be mailed to the student. The courses can also go towards recertification credits (see course descriptions for each courses credits). For more information, call the PRVCA office at 888-303-2887.
The spring schedule is as follows:
• Introduction to RV Services (Beta 6001): Jan. 16 – Feb. 19; 28 credit hours; Tuition: $190 (after completion, cost to PRVCA member employees $95). This course is the logical entry point into the RV Technician Training Program. It delves into the workings of a typical RV dealership service center and exposes the student to the skills necessary to function within a dealership environment. RV construction techniques are discussed as well as the proper care and use of hand tools. Safety, work habits and the introduction to RV Codes and Standards are also presented. A deeper look into the various job classifications and pay structures at the RV dealership gives the student a well-rounded view of what is possible after training and certification.
• RV Liquid Propane Systems (Beta 6008): Feb. 20 – March 25; 28 credit hours; Tuition: $190 (after completion, cost to PRVCA member employees $95). The second of the three major systems found in recreation vehicles, the LP system, is dissected in detail. Since propane is flammable, safety precautions are emphasized right from the start and throughout the entire course. Here, the student studies the properties of propane as well as the types of containers used in the RV industry. Proper procedures for purging, storing and using LP, including the importance of regulation, are presented and performed on paper as well as during many hands-on assignments. RVIA-mandated tests are also perfected.
• RV Water Heaters (Beta 6018): March 26 – April 22; 18 credit hours; Tuition: $125 (after completion, cost to PRVCA member employees $62.50). Now that an understanding of propane and the delivery system within the RV has been mastered, the student begins a very detailed and in-depth look at the four LP-burning appliances common to most recreational vehicles. First up is the water heater. Identifying the various types of RV water heaters and their individual components moves quickly into the proper installation procedures. Operational problems are then dissected and repair procedures are studied to perfection.
All of the courses are RVIA-approved and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing. To learn more about the upcoming courses, please go to the PRVCA website at www.PRVCA.org and click on “Training.” To register for the courses, call Northampton Community College at 1-877-543-0998.