A senior reactor operator works with potentially hazardous materials within a nuclear plant. They manage activities relating to loading and mixing chemicals. Since this is a senior position, the operator may oversee the work of subordinates who carry out reactor-related activities; they may carry out some of the activities themselves when needed. Other tasks performed by senior reactor operators may include creating and teaching training materials, ensuring chemicals are mixed according to standard recipes, working with crew members to carry out tests, and ensuring reactions and machinery are working properly.
Senior reactor operators also oversee regular maintenance of the machinery; all of the maintenance and activities that are performed should be documented clearly. The operator may conduct some troubleshooting, and any major issues should be referred to the maintenance department. It is important for these professionals to adhere to company policies and local and federal regulations, as well as ensure all activities under their supervision are being carried out safely. They also need to participate in regular safety training.
Usually, a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is required for senior reactor operator jobs; several years of experience are needed as well since this is a senior position. This job requires some physical strength to reach areas of operation and to perform maintenance; this may include extended standing, walking, bending and stooping.