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Emerging Occupations

Fuel Cell Technician

In general, fuel cell technicians install and maintain fuel cell systems and equipment, design and develop fuel cell systems or processes and conduct fuel cell testing.

This is an emerging occupation. It may have evolved from an existing occupation or emerged in response to consumer needs or technological advances.

  • Avg. Salary N/A
  • Avg. Wage N/A
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed 2,300
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Engineering Technician, Hyrdrogen Fuel Cell Technician

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

47%
47%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Fuel Cell Technician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Chemical Technicians
NOC code: 2211.2
METHODICAL

Interest in compiling records for analytical studies; and in preparing solutions of gas and liquid, reagents and sample formulations

OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to operate and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus, and to assist with environmental air and water quality monitoring and protection

innovative

Interest in assisting to develop and conduct programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards; and in carrying out a limited range of other technical functions in support of chemical research, tests and analyses

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Jul 18, 2016

Fuel cells are used to convert chemical energy into electrical and thermal energy in order to power vehicles or power and heat buildings. Hydrogen is the most commonly used fuel, but natural gas and methanol are also sometimes used. Fuel cell technicians work with fuel cell systems and equipment.

Fuel cell technicians:

  • read and interpret instruction manuals or technical drawings related to fuel cell systems and equipment
  • install fuel cell systems and equipment into buildings or vehicles
  • maintain and repair fuel cells and fuel cell-powered vehicles or other equipment
  • help fuel cell engineers design and test new fuel cell systems
  • provide technical assistance to site technicians and regional representatives
  • provide training to customers.
Working Conditions
Updated Jul 18, 2016

Fuel cell technicians often work in laboratories or workshops, and typically work daytime hours during weekdays. They may be required to travel to various locations where fuel cell equipment has been installed in order to service and maintain that equipment. Some servicing work may take place outdoors and at remote sites.

Safety equipment may be required when working with hazardous chemicals or when servicing vehicles or equipment. Fuel cell technicians may be required to lift or move objects weighing up to 20 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Jul 18, 2016

Fuel cell technicians need the following characteristics:

  • strong mathematical, physics and chemistry skills
  • strong technical skills, including the ability to work with tools and scientific equipment
  • the ability to follow instructions, read technical plans and work to exact specifications
  • strong attention to detail
  • strong analytical skills
  • strong oral and written communication skills
  • ability to work as part of a team.
Educational Requirements
Updated Jul 18, 2016

Most emerging occupations develop from more than one technical field, so fuel cell technicians may come from a variety of education and training backgrounds. Prior to enrolling in an education program, prospective students should contact associations and employers in this field to investigate education options and employment possibilities.

Employers typically require that fuel cell technicians have completed studies beyond high school in a relevant college or technical school program.

Fuel cell technicians need to be knowledgeable about:

  • chemistry and chemical processes
  • electricity and electrical systems and equipment
  • thermal processes
  • laboratory tests and working with scientific equipment
  • safe handling of hazardous and explosive materials.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Jul 18, 2016

Emerging occupations typically are the result of:

  • increased human need (for example, alternate sources of energy)
  • technological advances
  • greater specialization within an occupation.

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, it can be difficult to define advancement opportunities or employment outlook. Some Albertans already are working in this emerging occupation but future demand for fuel cell technicians is unknown.

Fuel cell technicians may be employed by:

  • fuel cell manufacturers and distributers
  • alternative or renewable energy companies
  • automotive manufacturers or garages that produce or service fuel cell-powered vehicles.

Fuel cell technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2211: Chemical Technologists and Technicians. In Alberta, 83% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.
Wage & Salary
Updated Jul 18, 2016

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, no current salary data is available for this occupation.

Salary data is available for the larger National Occupational Classification 2211: Chemical technologists and technicians as part of the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey.

Chemical technologists and technicians
NOC code: 2211

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
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Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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  • Median
Starting
Overall
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.75 $35.72 $19.64 $17.00
Overall $18.27 $45.09 $23.77 $19.49
Top $22.82 $53.15 $32.83 $26.44

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Public Administration
Educational Services
Manufacturing
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

47%
47%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

11%
11%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

3%
3%

2015 Vacancy Rate

N/A
Related High School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Chemistry
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Jul 18, 2016

Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) website: www.chfca.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 18, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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