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Nuclear Engineers

Conduct research on nuclear engineering projects or apply principles and theory of nuclear science to problems concerned with release, control, and use of nuclear energy and nuclear waste disposal.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Initiate corrective actions or order plant shutdowns in emergency situations.
    • Monitor nuclear facility operations to identify any design, construction, or operation practices that violate safety regulations and laws or could jeopardize safe operations.
    • Design or develop nuclear equipment, such as reactor cores, radiation shielding, or associated instrumentation or control mechanisms.
    • Examine accidents to obtain data for use in design of preventive measures.
    • Direct operating or maintenance activities of nuclear power plants to ensure efficiency and conformity to safety standards.
    • Recommend preventive measures to be taken in the handling of nuclear technology, based on data obtained from operations monitoring or from evaluation of test results.
    • Write operational instructions to be used in nuclear plant operation or nuclear fuel or waste handling and disposal.
    • Conduct environmental studies on topics such as nuclear power generation, nuclear waste disposal, or nuclear weapon deployment.
    • Direct environmental compliance activities associated with nuclear plant operations or maintenance.
    • Prepare environmental impact statements, reports, or presentations for regulatory or other agencies.
    • Prepare technical reports of findings or recommendations, based on synthesized analyses of test results.
    • Develop or contribute to the development of plans to remediate or restore environments affected by nuclear radiation, such as waste disposal sites.
    • Design or oversee construction or operation of nuclear reactors, power plants, or nuclear fuels reprocessing and reclamation systems.
    • Conduct tests of nuclear fuel behavior and cycles or performance of nuclear machinery and equipment to optimize performance of existing plants.
    • Design or direct nuclear research projects to develop, test, modify, or discover new uses for theoretical models.
    • Design fuel cycle models or processes to reduce the quantity of radioactive waste generated from nuclear activities.
    • Consult with other scientists to determine parameters of experimentation or suitability of analytical models.
    • Perform experiments that will provide information about acceptable methods of nuclear material usage, nuclear fuel reclamation, or waste disposal.
    • Discuss construction project proposals with interested parties, such as vendors, contractors, or nuclear facility review boards.
    • Keep abreast of developments and changes in the nuclear field by reading technical journals or by independent study and research.

    Skills

    • Science

      Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    7
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Physics

      Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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    Pay

    • US Annual Salary 116140/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage 55.84/hr
    • US Typical Hourly Wage

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Nuclear tools
    • Nuclear reactor control rod systems
    • Hazardous material protective apparel
    • Facial shields
    • Desktop computers

    Technology

    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
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