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Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians

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

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Currently Employed: 50

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: Not Available

Typical Annual Salary: Not Available

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate'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: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Follow policies and procedures for radiation workers to ensure personnel safety.
  • Monitor instruments, gauges, or recording devices under direction of nuclear experimenters.
  • 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.

tools & technology

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

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Office suite software
  • Operating system software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software