EPCE

Nuclear Plant Operations

Nuclear Plant Operators use advanced technical skills to ensure safe operations of power reactors. Their job means the public receives a reliable supply of electricity, 24/7, with no pollutants released into the atmosphere.

As a Nuclear Plant Operator, you will:

  • Operate and control equipment that generates electricity and supports the reactor.
  • Use special diagnostic tools to monitor the condition of the reactor, generation, and support systems.
  • Do preventative maintenance "checkups" on equipment and make repairs.
  • Ensure proceedures comply with company policies and regulations.

Entry-Level: Non-Licensed Operator

Average salary*: $69,226

Education: A High School Diploma or GED is required. One Year of company provided nuclear training. An Associate’s degree may be preferred.

Testing: Pre-employment testing is required.

Things you’ll do: Support the reactor operators and senior reactor operators. Open and close valves, electrical breakers and other devices. Directly monitor plant equipment performance.

Mid-Level: Reactor Operator

Average salary*: $81,436

Education level required: A High School Diploma or GED is required. An Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree may be preferred.

Required years of experience: Up to five years of experience as a non-licensed operator and one year of company provided training.

Things you’ll do: Operate a reactor’s controls as part of the shift team. Move control rods, start and stop equipment, and implement procedures. Conduct surveillance tests and record data in logs.

Special certificates or licenses: A valid U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Reactor Operator License.

Senior-Level: Senior Reactor Operator

Average salary*: $85,426

Education: A Bachelor’s degree is preferred.

Required years of experience: Five or more years of experience as a reactor operator and one year of additional company provided training.

Things you’ll do: Operate a nuclear power plant in accordance with all regulations. Operate the mechanical, electrical and reactor systems from the plant control room. Ensure plant is operated safely and efficiently to ensure electrical generation and compliance with regulations.

Special certificates or licenses: A valid U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Senior Reactor Operator License.

 

 

Overview

Annual Salary Range*: $69k–85k

High School to Associate’s Degree

If you like: teamwork, being detail oriented, specialized technologies

You’ll also need to:

  • Promote workplace safety.
  • Know proceedures thoroughly and apply them precisely.
  • Work in noisy environments while wearing hearing protection.
  • Work long hours performing repetitive tasks while remaining alert.

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* Based on national average from EAPDIS, April 2007. Will vary depending upon geographic location.