Project Engineer

Irvine - CA, 

United States

Are you passionate about the energy transition? Join us.

Nel is a global, dedicated hydrogen company, delivering optimal solutions to produce, store, and distribute hydrogen from renewable energy. We serve industries, energy, and gas companies with leading hydrogen technology. Our roots date back to 1927, and since then, we have had a proud history of development and continuous improvement of hydrogen technologies. Today, our solutions cover the entire value chain: from hydrogen production technologies to hydrogen fueling stations, enabling industries to transition to green hydrogen, and providing fuel cell electric vehicles with the same fast fueling and long range as fossil-fueled vehicles – without the emissions.

About the position

Nel’s technology department develops the next generation of technologies and products to support Nel’s future business plans. The department has a global footprint with personnel and laboratory infrastructure in Norway, Denmark, Austria, and the USA. Important development areas include alkaline and PEM electrolysers and hydrogen filling stations, both current and new technologies. Green hydrogen has been identified as one of the most important factors in supporting the reduction of CO2 emissions from traditional industry and transport. Development of new technologies and products adapted to operation with renewable energy such as wind and solar is seen as crucial to support the growth of the green hydrogen industry.

The technology department is looking for a highly motivated employee who can play an important role in the development of the department and contribute to the team to realize our R&D activities and goals together. An immediate opportunity exists for a qualified candidate with demonstrated project planning experience and a proven track record to manage complex tasks related to technology development. The successful candidate serves as part of the Technology team and will work directly with stakeholders to ensure deliverables fall within the applicable scope, schedule, and budget. They will coordinate with suppliers and internal resources to ensure all aspects of each project are on track.

The position is the first in the US for the Fueling Technology team, which currently only operates out of European sites, and will be co-located together with the Fueling Product Division in a newly established office in Irvine, CA. The position reports to Fueling Technology Senior Director in Denmark with daily / dotted lines to Director of CR&D in the Wallingford, CT and local site management in Irvine, CA. Most work will be done together with the Fueling Technology team in Europe with support from key functions already established within other Technology teams in the US. The candidate is therefore also expected to be able to work independently and drive own activities forward. The Fueling technology team is expected to be grown in the future in the US.

Some travelling is to be expected both in country and abroad.


  • Develop project objectives by reviewing project proposal or charter and conferring with Technology leadership
  • Coordinate own work, internal resources and third parties/vendors for the successful execution of projects
  • Complete technical studies and prepares cost estimates.
  • Cooperate and communicate effectively with internal and external stake holders and other project participants to aid and technical support
  • Maintain project schedule by monitoring project progress, coordinating activities, and resolving problems.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.



Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Engineering or related field from an accredited university.

Required skills and abilities

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering or related field from an accredited university
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; must be capable of devising new approaches to problems encountered
  • Years of experience from a machine building company – preferably including pressurized system (hydraulics, pneumatics, compressors etc.)
  • Familiarity with ERP systems is a plus
  • Excellent client-facing and internal communication skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking capabilities
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including MS Project
  • Capable of working well in a multi-disciplinary team environment


  • Nel will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States. This is not a position for which sponsorship will be provided.
  • Individuals with temporary visas such as E, F-1, H-1, H-2, L, B, J, or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

Equal opportunity employer

Nel is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.

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