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Nuclear Engineers

Also called: Engineer, Nuclear Engineer, Nuclear Licensing Engineer, Nuclear Reactor Engineer

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Atomic Energy Plans and Policies Officer; Nuclear Power Research Project Officer; Nuclear Power Superintendent; Nuclear Systems and Components Repair Officer, Ship; RL - Engineering Duty Officer - Ship Engineering; RL - Naval Reactors Engineer; Surface Reactor Controls Manager

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What they do:
Conduct research on nuclear engineering projects or apply principles and theory of nuclear science to problems concerned with release, control, and use of nuclear energy and nuclear waste disposal.
On the job, you would:
  • Initiate corrective actions or order plant shutdowns in emergency situations.
  • Monitor nuclear facility operations to identify any design, construction, or operation practices that violate safety regulations and laws or that could jeopardize the safety of operations.
  • Design or develop nuclear equipment, such as reactor cores, radiation shielding, or associated instrumentation or control mechanisms.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • group things in different ways
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • SAS Hot Technology
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology
Development environment software
  • FOLLOW code
  • Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software Hot Technology
  • Relational database software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$102,220
per year, on average
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