Controls nuclear reactors.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Power, Structural and Technical Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Operates nuclear power reactors in accordance with policies and procedures to protect workers from radiation and to ensure environmental safety.
- Adjusts controls to position rod and to regulate flux level, reactor period, coolant temperature, or rate of power flow, following standard procedures.
- Develops or implements actions such as lockouts, tagouts, or clearances to allow equipment to be safely repaired.
- Responds to system or unit abnormalities, diagnosing the cause, and recommending or taking corrective action.
- Monitors all systems for normal running conditions, performing activities such as checking gauges to assess output or the effects of generator loading on other equipment.
- Monitors or operates boilers, turbines, wells, or auxiliary power plant equipment.
- Implements operational procedures, such as those controlling start-up or shut-down activities.
- Records operating data, such as the results of surveillance tests.
- Notes malfunctions of equipment, instruments, or controls and reports these conditions to supervisors.
- Participates in nuclear fuel element handling activities, such as preparation, transfer, loading, or unloading.