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