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17-3029.10 - Fuel Cell Technicians

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

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Tasks

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Ammeters — Alternating current AC clamp meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calorimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemical absorption gas analyzers — Exhaust gas analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial water heaters — Water heaters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conductivity meters — Conductivity probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flowmeters — Flow meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Frequency analyzers — Frequency response analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld thermometer — Digital thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat exchangers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impedance meters — Fuel cell monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Leak testing equipment — Leak detection meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Loadcells — Resistive load banks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multi gas monitors — Gas analyzer meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters — Digital multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ohmmeters — Volt-ohm meters VOM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Organic carbon analyzers — Volatile gas monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Potentiometers — Potentiostats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Gas pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Refrigerated and heated reach in environmental or growth chambers — Altitude test chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Refrigerated and heated walk in environmental or growth chambers — Environmental chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scientific calculator — Graphing calculators; Scientific calculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrometers — Spectroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Storage tanks — Preheat tanks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermocouples See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Direct current DC clamp meters; Voltmeters See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Data acquisition software; Load simulators See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Oracle software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate industrial equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install instrumentation or electronic equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document design or operational test results. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine causes of operational problems or failures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble equipment or components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain test equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze test or validation data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test green technologies or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain electromechanical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create physical models or prototypes. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Interests

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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Values

  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.

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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 (2014) $29.60 hourly, $61,580 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)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 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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