Fuel Cell Engineers

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Alternative Energy Technician
  • Battery Technician
  • Design Cell Engineer
  • Director, Hydrogen Storage Engineering
  • Division Director
  • Engineering Professor
  • Fuel Cell Battery Technician
  • Fuel Cell Designer
  • Fuel Cell Engineer
  • Fuel Cell Systems Engineer
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What They Do

  • Conduct fuel cell testing projects, using fuel cell test stations, analytical instruments, or electrochemical diagnostics, such as cyclic voltammetry or impedance spectroscopy.
  • Design or implement fuel cell testing or development programs.
  • Authorize release of fuel cell parts, components, or subsystems for production.
  • Write technical reports or proposals related to engineering projects.
  • Plan or implement fuel cell cost reduction or product improvement projects in collaboration with other engineers, suppliers, support personnel, or customers.
  • Validate design of fuel cells, fuel cell components, or fuel cell systems.
  • Plan or conduct experiments to validate new materials, optimize startup protocols, reduce conditioning time, or examine contaminant tolerance.
  • Define specifications for fuel cell materials.
  • Calculate the efficiency or power output of a fuel cell system or process.
  • Conduct post-service or failure analyses, using electromechanical diagnostic principles or procedures.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Working Conditions and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • 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.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Education Required

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).

Wages

In 2018, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $85,710 with most people making between $56,040 and $127,410

Outlook

11.63%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 731 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 85 openings due to growth and about 232 replacement openings for approximately 317 total annual openings.



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