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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|
|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.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information please click here.
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.