Details Report for:
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.
- Assemble fuel cells or fuel cell stacks according to mechanical or electrical assembly documents or schematics.
- Build fuel cell prototypes, following engineering specifications.
- Calibrate equipment used for fuel cell testing.
- Collect or maintain fuel cell test data.
- Document or analyze fuel cell test data, using spreadsheets or other computer software.
- Perform routine or preventive maintenance on fuel cell test equipment.
- Report results of fuel cell tests.
- Test fuel cells or fuel cell stacks, using complex electronic equipment.
- Order fuel cell testing materials.
- Perform routine vehicle maintenance procedures, such as part replacements or tune-ups.
- Recommend improvements to fuel cell design or performance.
- Troubleshoot fuel cell test equipment.
- Conduct tests or provide technical support for tests of prototype fuel cell engines or thermal management systems.
- Install or test spark ignition (SI) or compression ignition (CI) engines.
- Install, calibrate, or operate emissions analyzers, cell assist software, fueling systems, or air conditioning systems in engine testing systems.
- Perform electrochemical performance or durability testing of solid oxide fuel cells.
Tools used in this occupation:
|Calculators or accessories — Graphing calculators; Scientific calculators|
|Chemical absorption gas analyzers — Exhaust gas analyzers|
|Clamp On Multimeter — Alternating current AC clamp meters; Direct current DC clamp meters|
|Conductivity meters — Conductivity probes|
|Flowmeters — Flow meters|
|Frequency analyzers — Frequency response analyzers|
|Impedance meters — Fuel cell monitors|
|Multimeters — Digital multimeters|
|Ohmmeters — Volt-ohm meters VOM|
|Pressure indicators — Gas pressure gauges|
|Refrigerated and heated reach in environmental or growth chambers — Altitude test chambers|
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|
|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.|
|6||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.|
|6||Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.|
|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.|
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 (2012)||$28.58 hourly, $59,440 annual|
|Employment (2010)||71,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2010-2020)||Slower than average (3% to 9%)|
|Projected job openings (2010-2020)||16,800|
|Top industries (2010)||
Government (37% employed in this sector)
State & National
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data and 2010-2020 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2010-2020). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.