Nathan Pike, RVIP

Going through high school and not knowing what to do when you get out, can be a frustrating experience. I was in grade 11 when I was approached by a team of apprenticeship counselors. They introduced a program, specific to the RV industry for training as an RV Service Technician. Upon graduating from high school, I was enrolled as a first year apprentice in this field. With such a broad range of skills required in the trade, I started into them with little experience. Over the next four years I attended OUC for 6 weeks in each year. The rest of the time was spent at Westgate RV Centre, where I continued to work and learn under their kind sponsorship.

Upon graduating from OUC with my journeypersons' ticket and a bundle of other certificates, I started out on my career as a qualified technician. I was quickly moved into a position at the busy dealership as a Warranty Administrator and am learning more about the RV industry every day. I believe that my experiences at OUC have prepared me for the future challenges. I enjoyed my 4 years at OUC and the instructors, who are obviously among the most qualified people in the field.

Wilfred Nash, RVIP

W. NashPrior to entering the entry level program at OUC I enjoyed a career in the cable RV industry for over 5 years in Ontario before returning to BC. Being a "jack of all trades" and finding myself out of work, I went back to school and enrolled in the entry level RV Technician program. It proved to be everything I was and am. This program was the beginning to a good job and life. I completed the 4 year apprenticeship in 1997 and am now the Service Manager of Vernon RV Service Ltd., where I have been employed for the past 8 years.

I strongly believe that the training I was given at OUC and on the job has made me a better technician and am able to serve the public and my employer to the fullest of my abilities.

Lindsay Butt, RVIP

L. ButtPrior to entering the RV Technician program at OUC, I was working in housekeeping as well as kitchen work.

Taking the entry level RV Technician program was the way for me to go as I did not know anything about RVs beforehand. One thing that soon became clear after taking the entry level program, was that the full apprenticeship of 4 years was necessary to learn all the specifics of the trade. There are a hundred different models and designs with many different ways to solve problems associated with each. I believe that the entry level program is a good reference point and one can always go back to the basics as the program gives the fundamentals on a bit of everything.

I have now completed my apprenticeship and have my certification as a journeyperson and am currently working at a RV dealership on the lower mainland.