NREL Fuel Cell and Electrolysis Lab Technician in Golden, Colorado
Fuel Cell and Electrolysis Lab Technician
CO - Golden
Hours Per Week
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
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.
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.
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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