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17-2141.01 - Fuel Cell Engineers

Design, evaluate, modify, or construct fuel cell components or systems for transportation, stationary, or portable applications.

Sample of reported job titles: Director, Hydrogen Storage Engineering; Division Director; Engineering Professor; Professor of Chemical Engineering; Research Engineer; Scientist/Engineer; Senior Engineer; Senior Research Engineer; Senior Scientist; Senior Stack Engineer

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


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

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Calorimeters — Differential scanning calorimeters
Forming machine — Molding presses
Homogenizers — Digital sonifiers; Ultrasonic blenders
Infrared spectrometers — Fourier transfer infrared FTIR spectrometers; Infrared IR spectrophotometers
Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Gravity convection ovens
Laboratory mills — Laboratory ball mills
Power meters — Load boxes; Power analyzers
Scanning electron microscopes — Scanning electron microscopes SEM
Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters — X ray fluorescence XRF spectrometers
Thermo gravimetry analyzers — Thermal gravimetric analyzers
Transmission electron microscopes — Transmission electron microscopes TEM

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — FactSage; Gaussian GaussView; GE Energy GateCycle; Wolfram Research Mathematica (see all 13 examples)
Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software
Development environment software — C; National Instruments LabVIEW; Wind River Systems C/C++ Compiler Suite
Industrial control software — Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
Object or component oriented development software — C++
Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

See all 44 T2 categories

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
93   Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
81   Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
80   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
76   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
71   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
63   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
63   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
56   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
47   Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
45   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
42   Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
41   Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
28   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
26   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
26   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
26   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
25   Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
25   Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
20   Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
18   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
16   Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
14   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
13   Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
 Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
72   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
69   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
69   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
66   Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
66   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
66   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
66   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
63   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
63   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
63   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
63   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
60   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
60   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
56   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
56   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
56   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
53   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
53   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
47   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
47   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
47   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
47   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
47   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
47   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
47   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
44   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
44   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
41   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
41   Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
38   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
38   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
35   Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
31   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
25   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
10   Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
75   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
72   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
72   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
72   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
69   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
69   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
69   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
66   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
66   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
63   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
63   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
63   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
63   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
63   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
60   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
60   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
60   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
56   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
56   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
53   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
53   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
47   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
47   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
44   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
44   Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
44   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
44   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
41   Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
41   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
38   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
35   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
35   Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
31   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
22   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
22   Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
22   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
19   Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
  Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
  Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
  Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
 Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
 Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
 Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
 Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
86   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects.
  • Analyze green technology design requirements.
  • Analyze test or validation data.
  • Conduct quantitative failure analyses of operational data.
80   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Prepare proposal documents.
  • Prepare technical reports for internal use.
79   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
78   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Create models of engineering designs or methods.
  • Create physical models or prototypes.
  • Design alternative energy systems.
  • Design energy-efficient vehicles or vehicle components.
  • Design materials for industrial or commercial applications.
  • Determine design criteria or specifications.
  • Devise research or testing protocols.
77   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Implement design or process improvements.
77   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Update technical knowledge.
76   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
  • Coordinate activities with suppliers, contractors, clients, or other departments.
73   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects.
  • Research energy production, use, or conservation.
73   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
70   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
68   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
67   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
66   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
64   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
61   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Conduct validation tests of equipment or processes.
  • Test green technologies or processes.
61   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
58   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
55   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
55   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
55   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
55   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
54   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
54   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
53   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
53   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Evaluate the characteristics of green technologies.
52   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
50   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
49   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
42   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
39   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Operate industrial equipment.
39   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
38   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
31   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
30   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
28   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
28   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
23   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
22   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
22   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
18   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
16   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Context
Work Context
92   Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?
83   Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
75   Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?
75   Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
75   Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?
74   Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
73   Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?
72   Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.
70   Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?
70   Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
69   Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
65   Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
63   Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?
55   Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?
55   Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?
54   Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?
53   Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?
51   Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?
50   Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?
49   Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?
47   Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?
42   Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?
39   Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?
37   Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?
36   Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?
36   Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
33   Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?
32   Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?
32   Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?
31   Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?
30   Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?
28   Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?
28   Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?
26   Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?
23   Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?
22   Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
22   Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?
21   Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)
15   In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?
14   Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?
13   Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?
13   Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?
12   Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?
12   Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?
12   Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?
11   Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?
10   Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?
  Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?
  Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?
  In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?
  Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?
  Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?
  Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?
  Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?
  Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?
  Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?
 Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Related Experience Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
Job Training Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, sports medicine physicians, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and controllers.
SVP Range (8.0 and above)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
38   Bachelor's degree
33   Master's degree
25   Doctoral degree

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
83   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
78   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
39   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
33   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
17   Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
11   Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
87   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
83   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
83   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
76   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
75   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
75   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
72   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
72   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
72   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
71   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
68   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
61   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
53   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
52   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
50   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
36   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
83   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
78   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
78   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
61   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
39   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
28   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Mechanical Engineers.
Employment data collected from Mechanical Engineers.
Industry data collected from Mechanical Engineers.

Median wages (2013) $39.47 hourly, $82,100 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 258,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 99,700
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Manufacturing (51% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

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Sources of Additional Information

Disclaimer: Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industries. Links to non-DOL Internet sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.

  • Mechanical Engineers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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