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17-3029.10 - Fuel Cell Technicians

Install, operate, or maintain integrated fuel cell systems in transportation, stationary, or portable applications.

This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Assemble fuel cells or fuel cell stacks according to mechanical or electrical assembly documents or schematics. Green Task Statement
  • Build fuel cell prototypes, following engineering specifications. Green Task Statement
  • Calibrate equipment used for fuel cell testing. Green Task Statement
  • Collect or maintain fuel cell test data. Green Task Statement
  • Document or analyze fuel cell test data, using spreadsheets or other computer software. Green Task Statement
  • Perform routine or preventive maintenance on fuel cell test equipment. Green Task Statement
  • Report results of fuel cell tests. Green Task Statement
  • Test fuel cells or fuel cell stacks, using complex electronic equipment. Green Task Statement
  • Order fuel cell testing materials. Green Task Statement
  • Perform routine vehicle maintenance procedures, such as part replacements or tune-ups. Green Task Statement
  • Recommend improvements to fuel cell design or performance. Green Task Statement
  • Troubleshoot fuel cell test equipment. Green Task Statement
  • Conduct tests or provide technical support for tests of prototype fuel cell engines or thermal management systems. Green Task Statement
  • Install or test spark ignition (SI) or compression ignition (CI) engines. Green Task Statement
  • Install, calibrate, or operate emissions analyzers, cell assist software, fueling systems, or air conditioning systems in engine testing systems. Green Task Statement
  • Perform electrochemical performance or durability testing of solid oxide fuel cells. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Ammeters — Alternating current AC clamp meters
Chemical absorption gas analyzers — Exhaust gas analyzers
Flowmeters — Flow meters
Frequency analyzers — Frequency response analyzers
Impedance meters — Fuel cell monitors
Multimeters — Digital multimeters
Notebook computers — Laptop computers
Ohmmeters — Volt-ohm meters VOM
Pressure indicators — Gas pressure gauges
Refrigerated and heated reach in environmental or growth chambers — Altitude test chambers
Scientific calculator — Graphing calculators; Scientific calculators
Spectrometers — Spectroscopes
Storage tanks — Preheat tanks
Voltage or current meters — Direct current DC clamp meters; Voltmeters

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Data acquisition software; Load simulators
Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software
Data base user interface and query software — Oracle software
Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Occupational Interest
100   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
56   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
39   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
33   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Value
67   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
61   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
47   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
45   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
28   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
22   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.
Employment data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.
Industry data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.

Median wages (2013) $29.12 hourly, $60,560 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
Employment (2012) 68,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 14,600
State trends Employment Trends
Top industries (2012)
Government (33% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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