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Nuclear Engineers
District Of Columbia

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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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Currently Employed: 229

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $61.32 - $80+

Typical Annual Salary: $127,600 - $166,400+

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • 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 that could jeopardize the safety of operations.
  • Direct operating or maintenance activities of operational nuclear power plants to ensure efficiency and conformity to safety standards.
  • Examine accidents to obtain data that can be used to design preventive measures.
  • Design or develop nuclear equipment, such as reactor cores, radiation shielding, or associated instrumentation or control mechanisms.
  • Write operational instructions to be used in nuclear plant operation or nuclear fuel or waste handling and disposal.
  • Prepare construction project proposals that include cost estimates, and discuss proposals with interested parties such as vendors, contractors, and nuclear facility review boards.
  • Perform experiments that will provide information about acceptable methods of nuclear material usage, nuclear fuel reclamation, or waste disposal.
  • Conduct tests of nuclear fuel behavior and cycles or performance of nuclear machinery and equipment to optimize performance of existing plants.
  • Keep abreast of developments and changes in the nuclear field by reading technical journals or by independent study and research.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Desktop computers
  • Hazardous material protective apparel
  • Nuclear reactor control rod systems
  • Nuclear tools
  • Personal computers

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Development environment software
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheet software

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