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Nuclear Monitoring Technicians

Collect and test samples to monitor results of nuclear experiments and contamination of humans, facilities, and environment.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Brief workers on radiation levels in work areas.
    • Calculate safe radiation exposure times for personnel using plant contamination readings and prescribed safe levels of radiation.
    • Monitor personnel to determine the amounts and intensities of radiation exposure.
    • Inform supervisors when individual exposures or area radiation levels approach maximum permissible limits.
    • Determine intensities and types of radiation in work areas, equipment, or materials, using radiation detectors or other instruments.
    • Instruct personnel in radiation safety procedures and demonstrate use of protective clothing and equipment.
    • Collect samples of air, water, gases, or solids to determine radioactivity levels of contamination.
    • Analyze samples, such as air or water samples, for contaminants or other elements.
    • Enter data into computers to record characteristics of nuclear events or to locate coordinates of particles.
    • Determine or recommend radioactive decontamination procedures, according to the size and nature of equipment and the degree of contamination.
    • Set up equipment that automatically detects area radiation deviations and test detection equipment to ensure its accuracy.
    • Calibrate and maintain chemical instrumentation sensing elements and sampling system equipment, using calibration instruments and hand tools.
    • Prepare reports describing contamination tests, material or equipment decontaminated, or methods used in decontamination processes.
    • Decontaminate objects by cleaning with soap or solvents or by abrading with wire brushes, buffing wheels, or sandblasting machines.
    • Immerse samples in chemical compounds to prepare them for testing.
    • Confer with scientists directing projects to determine significant events to monitor during tests.
    • Operate manipulators from outside cells to move specimens into or out of shielded containers, to remove specimens from cells, or to place specimens on benches or equipment work stations.

    Skills

    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    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.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 78130/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 37.56/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 490
    • Yearly Projected Openings 50

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Self Control

    Tools

    • Spectrometers
    • Respirators
    • Radiation detectors
    • Gamma counters
    • Dosimeters

    Technology

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    • Analytical or scientific software

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