Nuclear engineers harness the power of the atom to benefit humankind. They search for efficient ways to capture and put to beneficial use those tiny natural bursts of energy from a disintegrating atom. As a nuclear engineer, you may be challenged by problems in consumer and industrial power, space exploration, water supply, food supply environment and pollution, health, and transportation. Participation in these broad areas may carry you into many exciting and challenging careers. These may include interaction of radiation with matter, radiation measurements, radioisotope production and use, reactor engineering, and fusion reactors and materials.
As a nuclear engineer, you may...
Nuclear equipment design engineers design and direct the construction of nuclear equipment. You will analyze research data and review proposals. You will make engines, machines, and instruments that can range from large nuclear reactors to an artificial heart.
As a nuclear test engineer, you will run tests on nuclear machinery and equipment to determine how they function. You will also design and direct the building of test-control equipment and direct its installation.
As an accelerator operator, you will assist in the study of the nucleus of the atom by running particle accelerators.
As a reactor operator, you will oversee the operations of nuclear reactors. You will adjust shutdown activities to include making design changes to refueling the reactor.
Whether you work with radioisotope applications for medicine, reactor management for power generation, or radiation safety for city dwellers, you will have many challenges as a nuclear engineer.
For information on educational programs for nuclear engineers, please see our website at student, scroll down and access the "full list." This list includes the names and contact information of the teachers and professors at the universities who are active in the nuclear programs at their schools. This list will make it easy for you to contact these teachers for more information about their schools and the programs they have.
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Last updated April 15, 2013, 3:36pm CDT.