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Green Occupation:
17-2141.01 - Fuel Cell Engineers

Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.

This is a Green New & Emerging occupation — the impact of green economy activities and technologies is sufficient to create the need for unique work and worker requirements, which results in the generation of new occupations.

Fuel cell engineers work in the following green economy sectors:

  • Research, Design, and Consulting Services — This sector encompasses "indirect jobs" to the green economy which includes activities such as energy consulting or research and other related business services.
  • Transportation — This sector covers activities related to increasing efficiency and/or reducing environmental impact of various modes of transportation including trucking, mass transit, and freight rail.

They perform these tasks important to the green economy:

  • Analyze fuel cell or related test data, using statistical software.
  • Authorize release of fuel cell parts, components, or subsystems for production.
  • Calculate the efficiency or power output of a fuel cell system or process.
  • Characterize component or fuel cell performances by generating operating maps, defining operating conditions, identifying design refinements, or executing durability assessments.
  • Conduct fuel cell testing projects, using fuel cell test stations, analytical instruments, or electrochemical diagnostics, such as cyclic voltammetry or impedance spectroscopy.
  • Conduct post-service or failure analyses, using electromechanical diagnostic principles or procedures.
  • Coordinate fuel cell engineering or test schedules with departments outside engineering, such as manufacturing.
  • Define specifications for fuel cell materials.
  • Design fuel cell systems, subsystems, stacks, assemblies, or components, such as electric traction motors or power electronics.
  • Design or implement fuel cell testing or development programs.
  • Develop fuel cell materials or fuel cell test equipment.
  • Develop or evaluate systems or methods of hydrogen storage for fuel cell applications.
  • Evaluate the power output, system cost, or environmental impact of new hydrogen or non-hydrogen fuel cell system designs.
  • Fabricate prototypes of fuel cell components, assemblies, stacks, or systems.
  • Identify or define vehicle and system integration challenges for fuel cell vehicles.
  • Integrate electric drive subsystems with other vehicle systems to optimize performance or mitigate faults.
  • Manage fuel cell battery hybrid system architecture, including sizing of components, such as fuel cells, energy storage units, or electric drives.
  • Plan or conduct experiments to validate new materials, optimize startup protocols, reduce conditioning time, or examine contaminant tolerance.
  • Plan or implement fuel cell cost reduction or product improvement projects in collaboration with other engineers, suppliers, support personnel, or customers.
  • Prepare test stations, instrumentation, or data acquisition systems for use in specific tests of fuel cell components or systems.
  • Provide technical consultation or direction related to the development or production of fuel cell systems.
  • Read current literature, attend meetings or conferences, or talk with colleagues to stay abreast of new technology or competitive products.
  • Recommend or implement changes to fuel cell system designs.
  • Simulate or model fuel cell, motor, or other system information, using simulation software programs.
  • Validate design of fuel cells, fuel cell components, or fuel cell systems.
  • Write technical reports or proposals related to engineering projects.