What Exactly Is an RV Engineer?

In most states, the term “professional engineer” is a legally controlled term, meaning someone who has passed the PE (Principles and Practice of Engineering) exam in their particular discipline. This test is administered by the NCEES in conjunction with state engineering licensure boards. (There is no “RV Designer” PE exam, by the way.)

Like most manufacturing engineers, I don’t have a PE license, since I don’t stamp engineering drawings, design bridges, or testify as an expert witness in court. I use my engineering education within the corporate umbrella, not as an independent contractor. In certain engineering disciplines, such as Civil Engineering, PE certification is much more common; in manufacturing, less so.

For several years, I worked as a design engineer and engineering manager within the RV manufacturing industry. In April 2023, I voluntarily left the OEM side of the industry to pursue self-employment as an advanced RV repair and service technician, certified under the NRVTA.

I have a 4-year B.S. degree (cue the jokes) in Mechanical Engineering, magna cum laude. I am not currently a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), although I am eligible to join as an EIT.

With all this in mind, please understand that I coined and use the phrase “The RV Engineer” purely in its colloquial fashion. I am not offering public engineering services, nor am I legally qualified to do so.

For that reason, I stay away from the super technical side of things in this blog. This is not the appropriate avenue for that. My goal is not to train the next generation of RV techs or engineers, only to helpfully educate RV owners.


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