Nuclear Careers

The safe and reliable operation of the nation’s 104 nuclear plants relies on people of commitment and integrity acting as stewards of public health, safety, and the environment.

Success in this mission over the past 30 years has resulted in a demand for new nuclear plants to help meet the country’s need for reliable, economical, and emission-free electricity. With this demand comes the need for individuals who possess a wide variety of knowledge, skills, and abilities, and have a strong desire to learn.

Nuclear Positions

Non-licensed Operator

A non-licensed operator supports the reactor operators and senior reactor operators. Duties include opening and closing valves, electrical breakers, and other devices, as well as directly monitoring plant equipment performance. Operators work in shifts.

The Skills Needed
A non-licensed operator should have knowledge of system components and understand how they work. In addition, the individual must have the ability to communicate clearly and exercise immediate judgment during equipment malfunctions.

The Education/Experience Needed
A high school diploma or GED is required, together with previous experience and one year of training. An Associate’s Degree may be preferred.

Nuclear Reactor Operator

A reactor operator, licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is responsible for operating a reactor’s controls in cooperation with the remainder of the shift team. The reactor operator moves control rods, starts and stops equipment, implements operations procedures, conducts surveillance tests, and records data in logs. Operators work in shifts.

The Skills Needed
A reactor operator must have detailed knowledge and understanding of nuclear plant mechanical and electrical systems, technical specifications, government regulations, and operating processes and procedures. A reactor operator must be able to generate creative solutions to work situations and maintain high personal standards of performance, responsibility, and professionalism.

The Education/Experience Needed
A high school diploma or GED is required, as well as up to five years of experience as a non-licensed operator and one year of training. An Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree may be preferred. A reactor operator must have a valid U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Reactor Operator license.

Radiation Protection Technician

Radiation protection technicians measure and record radiation levels; in addition, they service and calibrate radiation protection instruments and equipment. They play a vital role in ensuring the safety of employees working in radiation areas, as well as the facility’s compliance with radiation requirements.

The Skills Needed
A radiation protection technician must be able to support the development of radiation protection instrumentation calibration procedures and instructions. In addition, the technician evaluates radiological survey results and establishes means for plant workers to limit the amount of radiation they receive.

The Education/Experience Needed
A high school diploma or GED is required, as well as two years of experience and on-the-job training and successful completion of the required training and examination.

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