Cleburne, Texas-based Fun Town, in partnership with Hill College, is introducing an RV technician program designed to meet the growing demand for qualified workers.
According to a press release, the program will launch on Jan. 30 offering a series of non-credit classes designed to supply entry-level technicians for the industry. The program was requested by Fun Town, which also helped develop the curriculum and will be allowing Hill College to use its facilities for part of the training.
“They (the college) researched it, created it, and now are ready to launch it,” said Matt Lee, director of marketing at Fun Town RV. “I think it is going to be the start of something really monumental. And since we’re located in Johnson County, the program will definitely have a major local impact.”
The need is due, in part, to today’s changing lifestyles, said Fun Town RV CEO Jarrod McGhee.
“The RV industry is experiencing phenomenal growth as the Baby Boomers retire and more people are discovering the RV lifestyle,” he said. “But there is still a lack of technicians across the state. I would hire 20 qualified technicians today if they were available and this is a position that pays far above the average wage in this area.”
Hill is one of very few colleges across the nation, and the only one in north Texas, to offer face-to-face RV technician training. Current technicians, as well as individuals interested in entering the field, are encouraged to enroll.
“Since Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Waco stopped offering an RV technician program, there hasn’t been anything like this offered at any level in the Southwestern United States,” said Lee.
Hill College Career and Technical Education Dean Dr. Floretta Bush said that with the number of RV dealerships in the area, the school hopes to meet the needs of employers and emerging workers.
“We appreciate Fun Town’s interest and support in implementing the program and encourage other dealers to become partners in this initiative,” she said.
The evening program consists of four classes: Introduction to RV Service; Electric and Gas Systems for RV Service; Brakes, Towing, and Suspension Systems for RV Service; and RV Pre-Delivery Inspection. Students completing all four classes will receive an RV technician program certificate.
The classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-10 p.m. The cost for each class is $216.
Because the program is being offered through the college’s Community and Workforce Education (CWE) Department, students do not have to apply for admission to the school. A completed registration form, along with payment, should be submitted prior to Jan. 30 for those wanting to start with the first class. Although students can take the classes individually, it is recommended that they take all four in order to be highly marketable, said CWE Executive Director Tammy Logan
For more information about Hill College’s RV Tech program contact Tammy Logan at 817-760-5826 or [email protected].