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Fuel Cell Engineers - 17-2141.01

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Engineer
  • Research Engineer
  • Stack Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations
17-2000 Engineers
17-2140 Mechanical Engineers
17-2141.00 Mechanical Engineers
17-2141.01 Fuel Cell Engineers

Related Occupations

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

Detailed Work Activities

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

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Developmental Engineer, Systems/Industrial/Human Factors (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Test and Evaluation (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Automotive Engineer