Fuel Engineer

Streamline the process of producing fuel.

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Salary Range
$57,000 – $140,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Fuel Engineers do?

Fuel plays a major role in our society. It puts the get-up-and-go in our cars, trucks, planes, boats, and construction equipment. It also provides heat and electricity to our homes and businesses.

But reliance on fossil fuels also strains the resources of our planet. In response to that concern, Fuel Engineers work to make the production and use of fuels more efficient.

As a Fuel Engineer, you have many specialty and workplace options to choose from. That’s because fuels are mined from the center of the earth, and transporting it to consumers is a major production. That gives you ample opportunity to use your Fuel Engineer skills.

For example, you could begin at the beginning by designing a new oil pump or a process for retrieving natural gas. Or perhaps you streamline the search for sources of fuel, minimizing the man-hours and equipment expenses required for lengthy drilling operations.

To tap into ways to make our use of fuels more efficient, you might work in a laboratory, live on an oil rig in the middle of the ocean, or travel to remote corners of the planet. You could study consumption, work with Mechanical Engineers to create a more efficient engine, or team up with Environmental Engineers to create alternative fuels.

Other areas where you could implement your Fuel Engineer know-how are in the transport and storage of fuels. You could even work to reduce pollution or focus on conservation.


Should I be a Fuel Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Fuels Engineer, Lubricating Engineer

    How to become a Fuel Engineer

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