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Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians

Also called: Equipment Operator, Nuclear Auxiliary Operator, Nuclear Equipment Operator (NEO), Nuclear Plant Equipment Operator

What they do:
Operate equipment used for the release, control, or utilization of nuclear energy to assist scientists in laboratory or production activities.
On the job, you would:
  • Follow policies and procedures for radiation workers to ensure personnel safety.
  • Set control panel switches, according to standard procedures, to route electric power from sources and direct particle beams through injector units.
  • Adjust controls of equipment to control particle beam movement, pulse rates, energy or intensity, or radiation, according to specifications.


Math and Science
  • physics
  • chemistry
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • product and service development
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Hearing and Speech
  • pay attention to one sound while there are other distracting sounds


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Analytical Thinking


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
  • Data logging software
Spreadsheet software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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