Nuclear systems technicians work in nuclear power plants, maintaining and operating plant equipment. Their work can include a variety of functions including conducting tests, operating and repairing equipment, and setting up and installing new instruments.
These technicians work in highly structured environments that require them to make decisions quickly and accurately. They must be able to take direction, manage stress well, and have a strong commitment to safety and protocol.
Depending on the specific job or task, nuclear technicians’ duties can range from sedentary equipment monitoring to physical tasks. They must be drug free, have clean backgrounds, be able to work 12-hour shifts, and meet certain physical and health requirements.
MTC’s Nuclear Systems Technology program covers the fundamentals of nuclear power systems including nuclear plant components, radiological protection, reactor theory and nuclear plant chemistry.
Graduates of the two-year program will receive an Associate in Occupational Technology (AOT) Degree in Mechanical Technology with a specialization in nuclear systems.
Upon successful completion of the program, along with applicable on-site job training and approvals, technicians can make from $45,000-$50,000 to start, with the opportunity for greater salaries in the six figure range.
MTC’s Nuclear Systems Technology program was created, in part, at the request of South Carolina Electric & Gas Company to supply the company’s expansion of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station with qualified nuclear technicians.
The V.C. Summer plant, located within the college’s service area in Fairfield County, is scheduled to go on line with a new reactor in 2016, with an additional reactor scheduled to start up in 2019.
The expansion of the V.C. Summer facilities is expected to require 20 new nuclear technicians per year between 2012 and 2016. In addition, projected retirements among the current local nuclear power workforce could require up to 15 new technicians each year beginning in 2010.
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