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Fuel Cell Technician

Fuel cell technicians install and maintain fuel cell systems and equipment. They design and develop fuel cell systems or processes. They also test fuel cells.

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

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

Engineering Technician, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technician

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used.

This occupation has not yet received an official NOC code. However, it is considered similar to the following historical NOC codes. CAUTION—As this occupation is only similar to these NOC codes, related details and labour market information may not be accurate:

  • 2006 NOC: Chemical Technicians (2211.2) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Chemical Technologists and Technicians (C111) 
  • 2011 NOC: Chemical technologists and technicians (2211) 
Interest Codes
The Fuel Cell Technician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).

*The Fuel Cell Technician is similar to this NOC group
Chemical Technicians
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 Mar 31, 2018

Fuel cells convert chemical energy into electrical and thermal energy. This energy can power vehicles or power and heat buildings. Hydrogen is the fuel used most often. Natural gas and methanol are also used. Fuel cell technicians work with fuel cell systems and equipment.

Fuel cell technicians may:

  • read and follow instruction manuals or technical drawings
  • install, maintain and operate fuel cell systems and equipment
  • design and develop processes related to fuel cell systems
  • conduct fuel cell testing
  • maintain and repair fuel cells
  • fuel cell-powered vehicles or other equipment
  • help fuel-cell engineers design and test new fuel-cell systems
  • provide technical help to site technicians and regional representatives
  • provide customer training
  • assess the safety risks of hydrogen fuel.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Fuel cell technicians often work in labs or workshops. In general, they work regular weekday hours. They may have to travel to service and maintain equipment. Some of this work may take place outdoors or at remote sites.

They sometimes work with hazardous chemicals or service vehicles or equipment. At these times, they may need to use safety equipment.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Fuel cell technicians need to possess:

  • aptitude for math, physics, and chemistry
  • strong technical skills (including the ability to work with tools and scientific equipment)
  • the skills to read technical plans and follow instructions
  • attention to detail
  • the skills to work to exact specifications
  • analytical skills
  • writing and speaking skills
  • the ability to work as part of a team.
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

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

Most employers require post-secondary study in a relevant college or technical school program.

Fuel cell technicians need training on:

  • dealing with compressed gases
  • handling hydrogen and other flammable gases and liquids safely
  • using and servicing fuel cell systems and fuel cell test stations.

They also need to know about:

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Emerging occupations typically are the result of:

  • increased human need (for example, alternate sources of energy)
  • advances in technology
  • 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 work for:

  • fuel cell makers and distributors
  • 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 [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018

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.

Fuel cell technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2211: Chemical technologists and technicians.

According to the 2017 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Chemical technologists and technicians occupational group earned on average from $21.65 to $44.24 an hour. The overall average was $30.64 an hour. For more information, see the Chemical technologists and technicians wage profile.

Related High School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2018

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

For more information on career planning, education and jobs call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Supports Centre near you.

Updated Mar 31, 2018. 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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