Nuclear engineers are in charge of successfully completing nuclear engineering tasks for their organization. They develop and execute complex model interactions, use innovative computational methods to predict effects, and assess risks, as well as static and dynamic events. They must have advanced knowledge of nuclear engineering principles and their proper use while following strict safety laws when dealing with dangerous substances and materials. Nuclear engineers apply nuclear reactor technologies that make processes faster, manage technical performance and constraints, monitor core application, test new nuclear methodologies, and use their expertise for process optimizations, flow, and subsequent evaluation.
One of these engineer's main responsibilities is to use their understanding of nuclear engineering codes and requirements to develop reactivity plans and their power consumption. They conduct advanced physics-related testing and work with other engineers during control room operations. Additionally, nuclear engineers make detailed performance reports and suggests cycle changes. Generally, they work in an office or reactor facility environment, using complex systems that make projections and calculations relevant to their company's needs.
A Ph.D. or M.S. in nuclear engineering, physics, or a similar field is required for this position. Additional experience in a similar position may be preferred. Additionally, these professionals must be proficient with GEANT, MATLAB, and other codes. Nuclear engineers should have a sense of urgency when dealing with critical systems, as well as have excellent communication abilities to provide progress reports to supervisors and colleagues.
Nuclear Engineer Tasks
- Performs experiments to provide information on material usage and waste disposal.
- May monitor nuclear facilities to identify operation practices to ensure safety regulations are being followed.
- Studies release, control and utilization of nuclear energy including accidents.
- Designs and develops equipment, instruments, and control mechanisms.