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NREL Fuel Cell and Electrolysis Lab Technician in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Fuel Cell and Electrolysis Lab Technician



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

  • Work independently under the direction of NREL research staff

  • Maintain, trouble shoot, and in some cases build, fuel cell or electrolyzer test stations and electrochemical testing equipment, including electrical and electronic devices and compressed gas and water plumbing

  • Perform equipment validation and calibration activities to ensure that laboratory equipment is operating within standard performance guidelines

  • Assist NREL researchers in designing, fabricating and installing specialty equipment related to fuel cell research

  • Assist NREL researchers in trouble shooting and operating laboratory equipment

  • Assist NREL researchers in operating laboratory equipment and performing tasks related to fuel cell and electrolysis research

  • Contribute to management of all aspects related to lab operation

  • Keep laboratories organized in a safe and clean fashion

  • Understand all NREL safety policies relevant to setting up, operating and maintaining fuel cell and electrochemical test equipment

  • Prepare for and participate in safety reviews and walkthroughs


Basic Qualifications

High School Diploma or equivalent and 4 or more years of experience in a technician role or equivalent related education/experience. Or, relevant Associate's Degree or certification program of comparable scope and 2 or more years of experience in a technician role or equivalent relevant education/experience.


Additional Qualifications

  • Understanding of basic flow, temperature, pressure, and humidity control devices, such as digital and analog mass flow controllers, thermocouples and heating tapes/pads, solenoid and other valves, pressure gauges and transducers, and PID controllers

  • Understanding of plumbing for water and compressed gases

  • Understanding of basic electrical wiring and electronic devices

  • Basic understanding of laboratory electronics such as power supplies, multimeters, source meters, and electronic loads

  • Experience in trouble shooting equipment for electrical issues such as interrupted supplied power or signal flow, and mechanical issues such as gas leaks.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in wet and/or electrochemical laboratory

  • Experience maintaining and building laboratory equipment that include electric/electronic components, flowing pressurized gases and electrochemical equipment

  • Experience with electrochemical equipment such as potentiostat/galvanostat and frequency response analyzers

  • Qualified electrical worker status or recent completion of a NFPA 70E training

  • Basic understanding and experience with NFPA 70, NFPA 70E and NFPA 79

  • Ability to read and construct basic circuit diagrams and process plumbing diagrams

  • Experience in creating blueprints drawings for prototype workpieces such as sample holders using SolidWorks or other CAD software

  • Experience in drilling/punching holes and using hand tools on other machine shop tools.

  • Experience in using computers specifically standard office type programs (excel, word, power point, origin) and equipment controlling software (LabVIEW).


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