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Fuel Cell Engineers

Also called: Engineer, Fuel Cell Engineer, Research Engineer, Stack Engineer

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What they do:
Design, evaluate, modify, or construct fuel cell components or systems for transportation, stationary, or portable applications.
On the job, you would:
  • Plan or conduct experiments to validate new materials, optimize startup protocols, reduce conditioning time, or examine contaminant tolerance.
  • Provide technical consultation or direction related to the development or production of fuel cell systems.
  • Characterize component or fuel cell performances by generating operating maps, defining operating conditions, identifying design refinements, or executing durability assessments.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Math and Science
  • chemistry
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Dependability

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Minitab Hot Technology
  • Wolfram Research Mathematica
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Development environment software
  • C
  • National Instruments LabVIEW Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$95,300
$60,750
$136,210
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