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Nuclear Fuels Research Engineer

Overview: Nuclear fuels research engineers study the effectiveness and problems of various kinds of designs of nuclear reactor systems that produce electrical power. Their objective is to design safe and cost efficient systems. They analyze cooling needs, radiation hazards and waste storage.
Duties: Conduct studies to determine the amount of electric power that must be generated by a nuclear power plant in order to service different size cities, communities and regions of the country.Conduct experiments to determine what design methods are most efficient and safe. Such experiments investigate nuclear fuels, automated monitoring systems, removal of radioactive waste, etc.They study the hazards that can be experienced with nuclear power plants & the critical accidents that have occurred in the past to identify their causes. Propose new designs to avoid accidents.They design the equipment and procedures to be used by workers in nuclear power plants, the training they need and the emergency detection systems and procedures to be used.
Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of nuclear fuels research engineers is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Most job growth will be in research and development and engineering services. Increased interest in nuclear power will spur demand for these engineers to research and develop new designs for reactors. They also will be needed to work in defense-related areas, to develop nuclear medical technology, and to improve and enforce waste management and safety standards.
Salary Range (National Average): $48,000 to $56,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Almost all research positions for new graduates require a Master's degree and some require a Doctorate's degree. All 50 states require registrations for research positions that may affect life, health or property of the public. Registration generally requires a bachelor's degree, four years of working experience and passing a state examination.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.