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Fuel Cell Engineer

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Fuel Cell Engineers Career Video

About This Career

Designs, evaluates, modifies, or constructs fuel cell components or systems for transportation, stationary, or portable applications.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Engineering and Technology pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Plans or conducts experiments to validate new materials, optimize startup protocols, reduce conditioning time, or examine contaminant tolerance.
  • Characterizes component or fuel cell performances by generating operating maps, defining operating conditions, identifying design refinements, or executing durability assessments.
  • Provides technical consultation or direction related to the development or production of fuel cell systems.
  • Conducts fuel cell testing projects, using fuel cell test stations, analytical instruments, or electrochemical diagnostics, such as cyclic voltammetry or impedance spectroscopy.
  • Plans or implements fuel cell cost reduction or product improvement projects in collaboration with other engineers, suppliers, support personnel, or customers.
  • Analyzes fuel cell or related test data, using statistical software.
  • Conducts post-service or failure analyses, using electromechanical diagnostic principles or procedures.
  • Recommends or implements changes to fuel cell system designs.
  • Defines specifications for fuel cell materials.
  • Validates design of fuel cells, fuel cell components, or fuel cell systems.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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