Nuclear technicians generally work in nuclear production settings and monitor multiple operations at once to ensure that appropriate levels of nuclear power are produced. They may also test and troubleshoot various machines to ensure that they are functioning properly. Some technicians may also be required to gather and analyze data to determine the quality of certain systems, which may require strong computer skills.
In addition to solving problems with essential equipment, nuclear technicians may also have to solve problems with facility equipment such as cooling systems, waste water treatment, and security systems. An associate’s degree in a relevant field may be a minimum requirement for this position, and certification in certain nuclear technology methods may also be required. Hours may vary in this position, and some shifts may take place at night or during the weekend. Some minimum physical requirements may also need to be proven prior to employment. Fitness tests may be administered, and it may be required to climb and work in confined spaces.
Some positions may require nuclear technicians to oversee the work of other employees and delegate tasks such as maintenance, testing, troubleshooting, and repairs; in other positions, they may perform such tasks themselves. All duties must be carried out in a manner which complies with company rules as well as local and federal guidelines. Some employers may require prior work experience, while others offer on-the-job training.
Nuclear Technician Tasks
Test for radioactive contamination in soil, water, and other samples.
Instruct staff on radiation safety procedures, and maintain radiation monitoring equipment.
Measure levels and determine types of radiation produced by nuclear experiments and power generation.