Careers

Talented and passionate professionals are in high demand in the fuel cell industry. This page will guide you to resources that can potentially lead to a career in fuel cells. Also included on this page is information on technical training and internships. Please join and visit the Fuel Cells Group on LinkedIn to see additional fuel cell employment opportunities and connect with other professionals in the fuel cell industry.

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Technical Training

American National Standards Institute – A private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Offers educational programs and training in standardization and related matters.

California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) Emergency Responder Information - CaFCP offers introductory education for fire and life safety professionals. Materials found on their website include basic hydrogen properties and handling, fuel cell vehicle and bus safety systems and items you need to be aware of during fuel cell vehicle and hydrogen emergency response. CaFCP members worked closely with local fire departments, the Office of the California State Fire Marshal, national fire and life safety training experts, and the expertise of our members to develop the material on this web site. You can also schedule workshops in California.

Course Manual on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Engines and Related TechnologiesProduced by College of the Desert and SunLine Transit Agency with funding from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration, this course manual features technical information on the use of hydrogen as a transportation fuel. It covers hydrogen properties, use, and safety as well as fuel cell technologies, systems, engine design, safety, and maintenance. It also presents the different types of fuel cells and hybrid electric vehicles.

Electric Vehicle Center of Technology - Offers a introductory class exploring the emerging technology of fuel cells. The course covers fuel cell theory and history, types of fuel cells and vehicular applications of fuel cells.

Energy Management Institute – Offers alternative fuels (including hydrogen) training, courses on alternative fleet fuels.

First Responder Training – AC Transit – AC Transit offers training to first responders, providing the specific information they need to be prepared for any possible event. AC Transit provides this service in person, on site, and has also produced a DVD explaining safety procedures and best practices for first responders. Nearly 300 East Bay first responders have already gone through this training.

Florida Solar Energy Center – Renewable energy and energy efficiency research and training. FSEC is also distinguished as the largest and most active state-supported research and training institute in the United States in the area of renewable energy and building energy efficiency.

Fueling the Hydrogen Economy – An online course developed by the EERC and the University of North Dakota (UND) Department of Continuing Education. Focuses on teaching students about the emerging hydrogen industry.

HARC Center for Fuel Cell Research and Applications – A multi-year, multi-sponsor research program that studies fuel cell systems and stationary applications. The Center organizes and offers continuing education programs of interest to sponsors.

Hydrogen Safety for First Responders – DOE’s Introduction to Hydrogen Safety for First Responders is a Web-based course that provides an “awareness level” overview of hydrogen for fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical personnel. This multimedia tutorial acquaints first responders with hydrogen, its basic properties, and how it compares to other familiar fuels; hydrogen use in fuel cells for transportation and stationary power; potential hazards; initial protective actions should a responder witness an incident; and supplemental resources including videos, supporting documents, and links relevant to hydrogen safety. To receive print or CD versions of the course, contact DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Information Center or call 1-877-EERE-INFO/877-337-3463.

Introduction to Hydrogen for Code Officials – Online training course that provides an overview of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, how these technologies are used in real-world applications, and the codes and standards required for permitting them. The course consists of four modules: Hydrogen and fuel cell technology basics; Hydrogen and fuel cell applications; Permitting hydrogen fueling stations; and Permitting fuel cell facilities.

National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium – Strives to improve air quality and decrease the dependence on foreign oil by promoting, supporting, and expanding the use of alternative fuel vehicles. Develops and delivers standard, competency based training for automotive trainers, technicians, and others in the alternative fuel vehicle field, and educate the consumer about alternative fuel vehicles. This Consortium currently operates through a network of National Training Centers (NTCs) in 14 states.

National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee – A model education partnership which produces the best-trained, most up-to-date electrical apprentices and journeymen in the country.

SAE International - offers seminars and workshops pertaining to fuel cells and transportation technologies.

Weiterbildungszentrum Brennstoffzelle Ulm e.V. (WBZU) Fuel Cell Education and Training Center – WBZU offers different fuel cell trainings for technicians, engineers and scientists. Another intention of the institution is the information of the publicity and representatives of policy, industry and media.

Internships

Environmental Careers Organization Internship FinderFor over 25 years, The Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) has been dedicated to solving environmental problems and to the education of the next generation of environmental professionals. The hundreds of paid internships through ECO’s placement program are at the heart of that commitment.

Jefferson Lab High School Summer Honors Internship Program – This program employs high school students to work in scientific or technical positions for eight weeks. The students chosen for these positions are strong in math, science, and/or computer science and are interested in pursuing scientific and technical careers.

Technical Career Intern Program - This program allows students to collaborate with the nation’s top earth sciences and engineering universities to provide a ‘pipeline’ for future employees who would work in the Office of Fossil Energy.