Searching for a job in Nuclear engineering? Let us take you through the role of an engineer in the nuclear industry and what it takes to work in this industry
Nuclear engineers are responsible for the safe and efficient generation of power within a nuclear power station. The role is aimed at maintaining and improving the electricity supply. If you are good at problem solving problems and have an interest in science and technology this may be the career for you.
The role of a Nuclear Engineer
Your role in a power station could include:
Designing and building new plant machinery and equipments
Monitoring the current radiation levels
making sure all safety legislation is followed
Ensure all maintenance is carried out
Supervising the stations technicians
Plan and carrying out the safe disposal of nuclear waste
Some engineers are involved in the decommissioning of a site, this involves the dismantling of structures, buildings and machinery and making sure any radioactive material is disposed of correctly. Other nuclear engineers work in research and development the tasks completed by these nuclear engineers can vary greatly with the main aim to improve the efficiency and safety of a nuclear power plant.
To become a nuclear engineer, you will need a HNC/HND, foundation degree or a degree in a related field, some employers ask for a postgraduate qualification. Very few universities offer specific nuclear engineering courses. However, you can move into this field after study one of these other related fields
The majority of employees enter the industry by taking part in a graduate training scheme, to do this you will need at least a 2:2 in a related subject.
You will also need to be interested in science and technology, good at problem solving, have excellent mathematical and IT skills and have good communication skills, if this sounds like you this maybe the job for you.
What you can expect
Most power stations work a seven day shift rotation system including weekends evenings and nights. Engineers working in research and development often work standard office hours 9am-5pm, Monday- Friday.
You work will be carried out in either labs, offices or control rooms. There will be a high emphasis on safety and you will be required to wear protective clothing at all times.
In return for this you can expect a starting salary of between £20,000 and £25,000 for graduates, With experience this can rise to between £30,000 and £50,000 if you continue to progress within this career your earning can increase to over £50,000.
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