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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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  • 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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Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software — Data acquisition software; Load simulators
  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology — Autodesk AutoCAD Hot technology
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • Ammeters — Alternating current AC clamp meters
  • Calorimeters
  • 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
  • Thermocouples
  • Torque wrenches
  • Voltage or current meters — Direct current DC clamp meters; Voltmeters

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Detailed Work Activities

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

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Interest code: RCI   Want to discover your interests? Take the O*NET Interest Profiler at My Next Move.

  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.

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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 (2018) $30.38 hourly, $63,200 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
Employment (2016) 77,000 employees
Projected growth (2016-2026) Average (5% to 9%) Average (5% to 9%)
Projected job openings (2016-2026) 7,100
State trends Employment Trends
Top industries (2016)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 wage data external site and 2016-2026 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016-2026). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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