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Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians

Also called: Equipment Operator, Nuclear Auxiliary Operator, Nuclear Equipment Operator (NEO), Operations Technician

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force or Navy.

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 nuclear equipment operational policies and procedures that ensure environmental safety.
  • Conduct surveillance testing to determine safety of nuclear equipment.
  • Monitor nuclear reactor equipment performance to identify operational inefficiencies, hazards, or needs for maintenance or repair.


Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • product and service development
Math and Science
  • physics
  • chemistry
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


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


  • communicate by speaking
  • read and understand what is written
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • order or arrange things
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


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
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical Thinking


You might use software like this on the job:

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


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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