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Summary Report for:
17-2141.01 - Fuel Cell Engineers

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

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

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Tasks

  • 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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

Homogenizers — Digital sonifiers; Ultrasonic blenders
Infrared spectrometers — Fourier transfer infrared FTIR spectrometers; Infrared IR spectrophotometers
Power meters — Load boxes; Power analyzers
Scanning electron microscopes — Scanning electron microscopes SEM
Thermo gravimetry analyzers — Thermal gravimetric analyzers

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — FactSage; Gaussian GaussView; GE Energy GateCycle; Wolfram Research Mathematica
Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software
Development environment software — C; National Instruments LabVIEW; Wind River Systems C/C++ Compiler Suite
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

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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.
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.

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

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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)

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

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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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