Fuel Cell Technicians


Overview

Fuel Cell Technicians

Introduction

Fuel cell technicians work on fuel cell systems that are used in transportation and for stationary and portable applications. They assemble and install fuel cells or fuel cell stacks, following assembly documents and schematics. They work closely with fuel cell engineers and other professionals to design, study, modify, and build fuel cell components. There are approximately 28,600 people employed in the U.S. fuel cell industry, according to the 2019 U.S. Energy and Employment ...

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Median Salary

$55,000

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree


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Experience

Two to three years experience


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Skills

Computer


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

The U.S. Department of Labor does not provide salary information for fuel cell technicians. It does provide salary data for technicians in all industries. The salary ranges by specialty in May 2018 were: 

  • chemical, $29,920 to $79,100+
  • electrical and electronics engineering, $38,110 to $95,140+
  • industrial engineering, $34,920 to $34,900+
  • mechanical enginee...

Work Environment

Fuel cell technicians work full-time hours. They may work in the shop, in office areas, or in both, depending on the job. The type of plant facility depends on the product. Field service technicians travel to clients to service and maintain fuel cells. Their work may expose them to toxic materials and hazards from equipment. They follow safety procedures to prevent injuries. 

Outlook

The alternative fuel sector was the third-largest employer in the renewable energy industry after solar and wind, according to the Environmental and Energy Study InstituteEmployment for fuel cell technicians and related workers will grow as more businesses emerge that develop, manufacture, operate, and maintain fuel cells. There will also be opportunities for busines...

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