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Nuclear Technicians

Assist nuclear physicists, nuclear engineers, or other scientists in laboratory, power generation, or electricity production activities. May operate, maintain, or provide quality control for nuclear testing and research equipment. May monitor radiation.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Follow nuclear equipment operational policies and procedures that ensure environmental safety.
    • Conduct surveillance testing to determine safety of nuclear equipment.
    • Monitor nuclear reactor equipment performance to identify operational inefficiencies, hazards, or needs for maintenance or repair.
    • Test plant equipment to ensure it is operating properly.
    • Apply safety tags to equipment needing maintenance.
    • Monitor instruments, gauges, or recording devices under direction of nuclear experimenters.
    • Follow policies and procedures for radiation workers to ensure personnel safety.
    • Modify, devise, or maintain nuclear equipment used in operations.
    • Perform testing, maintenance, repair, or upgrading of accelerator systems.
    • Adjust controls of equipment to control particle beam movement, pulse rates, energy or intensity, or radiation, according to specifications.
    • Warn maintenance workers of radiation hazards and direct workers to vacate hazardous areas.
    • Calculate equipment operating factors, such as radiation times, dosages, temperatures, gamma intensities, or pressures, using standard formulas and conversion tables.
    • Measure the intensity and identify the types of radiation in work areas, equipment, or materials, using radiation detectors or other instruments.
    • Communicate with accelerator maintenance personnel to ensure readiness of support systems, such as vacuum, water cooling, or radio frequency power sources.
    • Set control panel switches to route electric power from sources and direct particle beams through injector units.
    • Identify and implement appropriate decontamination procedures, based on equipment and the size, nature, and type of contamination.
    • Decontaminate objects by cleaning them using soap or solvents or by abrading using brushes, buffing machines, or sandblasting machines.
    • Prepare reports to communicate information such as contamination test results, decontamination results, or decontamination procedures.
    • Collect air, water, gas or solid samples for testing to determine radioactivity levels or to ensure appropriate radioactive containment.

    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.

    • Monitoring

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

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • 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).

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • 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

    • 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
    • Analytical Thinking

    Tools

    • Ultrasonic examination equipment
    • Respirators
    • Radiation detectors
    • Gamma counters
    • Frequency analyzers

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Operating system software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Application server software
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