Operates or controls nuclear reactors. Moves control rods, starts and stops equipment, monitors and adjusts controls, and records data in logs. Implements emergency procedures when needed. May respond to abnormalities, determine cause, and recommend corrective action.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production 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.
- Records operating data, such as the results of surveillance tests.
- Implements operational procedures, such as those controlling start-up or shut-down activities.
- 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.