Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians

Manufacturing > Manufacturing Production Process Development

Projected Growth: Decline

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Operate equipment used for the release, control, or utilization of nuclear energy to assist scientists in laboratory or production activities.

Common job titles of Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 36.92% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 30.54% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    Follow nuclear equipment operational policies and procedures that ensure environmental safety.

    Follow policies and procedures for radiation workers to ensure personnel safety.

    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.

    Modify, devise, or maintain nuclear equipment used in operations.

    Monitor instruments, gauges, or recording devices under direction of nuclear experimenters.

    Communicate with accelerator maintenance personnel to ensure readiness of support systems, such as vacuum, water cooling, or radio frequency power sources.

    Adjust controls of equipment to control particle beam movement, pulse rates, energy or intensity, or radiation, according to specifications.

    Set control panel switches to route electric power from sources and direct particle beams through injector units.

    Conduct surveillance testing to determine safety of nuclear equipment.

    Measure the intensity and identify the types of radiation in work areas, equipment, or materials, using radiation detectors or other instruments.

    Perform testing, maintenance, repair, or upgrading of accelerator systems.

    Calculate equipment operating factors, such as radiation times, dosages, temperatures, gamma intensities, or pressures, using standard formulas and conversion tables.

    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.

    Submit computations to supervisors for review.

    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.

    Warn maintenance workers of radiation hazards and direct workers to vacate hazardous areas.



Video borescopes

Vibration monitors

Ultrasonic thickness gauges

Ultrasonic flaw detectors

Spent fuel handling machines

Self-contained breathing apparatus

All Tools

Seismic monitoring instruments

Scintillation detectors

Radiation survey meters

Protective shoe covers

Protective gloves

Protective coveralls

Pressure demand respirators

Pressure cleaners

Portal monitors

Portable two way radios

Pocket dosimeters

Plasma arc cutting torches

Pipe camera inspection systems

Personal computers

Non-contact thermometers

New fuel elevators

Multichannel analyzers

Metal inert gas MIG welding equipment

Metal active gas MAG welding equipment

Master-slave manipulators

Level transmitters

Leak detection equipment

Hot cell remote viewing devices

Gantry cranes

Gamma exit/entrance contamination monitors

Fuel handling systems

Emergency diesel generators

Eddy current testing equipment

Digital spectrum analyzers

Digital signal analyzers

Digital ratemeters


Control rod drives

Contamination probes

Condensate demineralizers

Atmosphere supplying respirators

Area gamma monitors

Airline respirators

Air purifying respirators

Air compressors


Data entry software


Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software

Microsoft operating system

Spreadsheet software


VMWare ESX Server


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

Operation Monitoring

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

Critical Thinking

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


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Complex Problem Solving

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

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

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

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.

Cognitive Abilities › Perceptual Abilities › Perceptual Speed

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

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

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.

Attentiveness › Cognitive Abilities › Selective Attention

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

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Occupation Sections


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.


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


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.

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.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


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

Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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