Fuel cell engineers design, study, modify, and build fuel cell components, and work closely with fuel cell technicians who provide support on fuel cell projects. They use various analytical instruments and electromechanical diagnostics to conduct fuel cell testing on systems for transportation, stationary, or portable applications.
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Earnings for fuel cell engineers ranged from $49,234 to $75,000 or more in 2019, according to SalaryList.com. The U.S. Department of Labor does not provide salary information for fuel cell technology workers. It does provide salary data for mechanical engineers, who had median earnings of $87,370 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned $56,270 and the top 10 percent earned $136,550. Those who...
Fuel cell engineers work in offices, with some travel required at times for meetings, conferences, and workshops. They work 40 or more hours per week, with workdays that may extend into the evening or through the weekend when project deadlines must be met. They work independently and as part of a team with other engineers, fuel cell technicians, and other professionals.
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute reports that the alternative fuel sector was the third-largest employer in the renewable energy industry after solar and wind. Employment of fuel cell engineers will grow as more businesses emerge that develop, manufacture, operate, and maintain fuel cells. There will also be opportunities for businesses that produce and deliver the hydrogen and othe...