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Emerging Occupations

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.

  • Avg. Salary N/A
  • Avg. Wage N/A
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 1,800
  • 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) 
  • 2016 NOC: Chemical technologists and technicians (2211) 
Skills Shortage*

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

42%
42%
*This data is for a NOC group that is similar to the Fuel Cell Technician occupation
Average Wage*
Starting
Overall
Top
*This data is for a NOC group that is similar to the Fuel Cell Technician occupation
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
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 occupation. People working in this occupation may come from a variety of education and training backgrounds. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students 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

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Emerging occupations typically are the result of:

  • An increased human need
  • 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 it 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:

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment

In Alberta, the 2211: Chemical technologists and technicians occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.8% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 39 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the 39 new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018

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


*The fuel cell technician is similar to this NOC group
Chemical technologists and technicians

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $16.00 $39.00 $25.11 $23.00
Overall $17.50 $52.76 $30.56 $27.88
Top $19.60 $52.76 $33.42 $32.00

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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.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


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

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

42%
42%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

16%
16%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

4%
4%

Vacancy Rate

2%
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

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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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