Fluid Power Technicians

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Fluid power technicians work with equipment that utilizes the pressure of a liquid or gas in a closed container to transmit, multiply, or control power. Working under the supervision of an engineer or engineering staff, they assemble, install, maintain, and test fluid power equipment. Fluid power is used in hundreds of applications including in agriculture, aerospace, automation construction, entertainment, green energy, health care, and robotics. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Assemble, install, maintain, and test fluid power equipment
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internship or co-op experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Fluid Power Specialist or Fluid Power Consultant
  • Experienced Fluid Power Technician
  • Entry-Level Fluid Power Technician