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Details Report for:
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

This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Occupational 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 Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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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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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