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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  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Calorimeters — Differential scanning calorimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemical absorption gas analyzers — Surface area analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemiluminescence or bioluminescence analyzers — Fluorescence detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Crucible furnaces — Induction furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Engine or component test stands — Fuel cell test stands See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flame ionization analyzers — Flame ionization detectors FID See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forming machine — Molding presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Frequency analyzers — Frequency response analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas chromatographs — Gas chromatography equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography — High pressure liquid chromatographs HPLC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Homogenizers — Digital sonifiers; Ultrasonic blenders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared spectrometers — Fourier transfer infrared FTIR spectrometers; Infrared IR spectrophotometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Isolation glove boxes — Laboratory glove boxes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory balances — Microbalances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Gravity convection ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory mills — Laboratory ball mills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mass spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microcontrollers — Programmable logic controllers PLC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multi gas monitors — Portable emissions analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power meters — Load boxes; Power analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reactors or fermenters or digesters — Flow reactors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning electron microscopes — Scanning electron microscopes SEM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters — X ray fluorescence XRF spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrometers — X ray photoelectric spectroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometers — Scanning spectrophotometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermal differential analyzers — Thermovolumetric analyzers TVA See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermo gravimetry analyzers — Thermal gravimetric analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Transmission electron microscopes — Transmission electron microscopes TEM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tube furnaces — High temperature tube furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum ovens — Laboratory vacuum ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Volumeters — Dilatometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • X ray diffraction equipment — X ray crystallography equipment See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

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

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Knowledge

  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Operate industrial equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Update technical knowledge. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop technical methods or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare detailed work plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design alternative energy systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze test or validation data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Implement design or process improvements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare proposal documents. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine design criteria or specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinate activities with suppliers, contractors, clients, or other departments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test green technologies or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create models of engineering designs or methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Devise research or testing protocols. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct quantitative failure analyses of operational data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create physical models or prototypes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare technical reports for internal use. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct validation tests of equipment or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design energy-efficient vehicles or vehicle components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research energy production, use, or conservation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design materials for industrial or commercial applications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate the characteristics of green technologies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze green technology design requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Electronic Mail — 79% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 58% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 46% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 46% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 48% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 42% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 54% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 58% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 54% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 58% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 33% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 42% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 54% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 50% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 50% responded “Moderate results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 46% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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

Interest code: RI

  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.

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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 (2014) $39.93 hourly, $83,060 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)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 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

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

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