What do Recreational Vehicle (Caravan) Manufacturers do?
Recreational vehicle manufacturers, or caravan motor-home manufacturers, build caravans from the chassis up including everything from erecting wall, to laying floors and fitting furniture. Caravan Manufacturers need to have an eye for detail and an ability to complete work to a high level of accuracy.
A Caravan Manufacturer may perform the following tasks:
- Develop and update caravan industry knowledge
- Plan and organise daily work
- Work with colleagues and customers
- Follow health, safety and security precautions
- Read and interpret plans and drawings for a recreational vehicle
- Carry out measurements and calculations
- Carry out mechanical cutting
- Perform manual production welding
- Perform routine manual arc and/or gas metal arc welding
- Use hand tools and power tools
- Apply technical knowledge to work activities
- Apply quality standards and procedures
- Meet OH&S requirements associated with electrical work
- Coach others in job skills
The role is undertaken in a production line set up and consists of mainly practical work.
How do I become a Caravan Manufacturer?
To become a Caravan Manufacturer you usually have to complete an Apprenticeship in Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing. Entry requirements may vary but employers generally require a minimum of Year 10. Training is usually both on and off the job. The off-the-job training is provided through a Registered Training Organisation (NMIT). Details of the training may vary depending on the needs of the employer and are finalised as part of the training agreement.
Qualifying as a Caravan Manufacturer involves:
- Committing to a 2 year training contract
- Attending paid work with a “host employer” for the duration of the apprenticeship
- Attending off-the-job training at the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT)
- Can be assessed on site
Ideal Personal Requirements to be a Caravan Manufacturer include:
- Enjoy practical and manual work
- Good hand-eye coordination
- Problem solving skills
- Be able to work as part of a team