Summary 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 & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Ammeters — Alternating current AC clamp meters
- Chemical absorption gas analyzers — Exhaust gas analyzers
- Commercial water heaters — Water heaters
- Conductivity meters — Conductivity probes
- Flowmeters — Flow meters
- Frequency analyzers — Frequency response analyzers
- Handheld thermometer — Digital thermometers
- Heat exchangers
- Impedance meters — Fuel cell monitors
- Leak testing equipment — Leak detection meters
- Loadcells — Resistive load banks
- Multi gas monitors — Gas analyzer meters
- Multimeters — Digital multimeters
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Ohmmeters — Volt-ohm meters VOM
- Organic carbon analyzers — Volatile gas monitors
- pH meters
- Potentiometers — Potentiostats
- Pressure indicators — Gas pressure gauges
- Refrigerated and heated reach in environmental or growth chambers — Altitude test chambers
- Refrigerated and heated walk in environmental or growth chambers — Environmental chambers
- Scientific calculator — Graphing calculators; Scientific calculators
- Spectrometers — Spectroscopes
- Storage tanks — Preheat tanks
- Torque wrenches
- 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
Detailed Work Activities
- Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
- Operate industrial equipment.
- Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
- Install instrumentation or electronic equipment or systems.
- Document design or operational test results.
- Determine causes of operational problems or failures.
- Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
- Assemble equipment or components.
- Maintain test equipment.
- Analyze test or validation data.
- Test green technologies or processes.
- Maintain electromechanical equipment.
- Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.
- Create physical models or prototypes.
Interest code: RCI
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 (2014)||$29.60 hourly, $61,580 annual|
|Employment (2012)||68,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Little or no change (-2% to 2%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||14,600|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.