Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-8011 Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
Control nuclear reactors.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Adjust controls to position rod and to regulate flux level, reactor period, coolant temperature, or rate of power flow, following standard procedures. Implement operational procedures, such as those controlling start-up or shut-down activities. Respond to system or unit abnormalities, diagnosing the cause, and recommending or taking corrective action. Monitor all systems for normal running conditions, performing activities such as checking gauges to assess output or the effects of generator loading on other equipment. Note malfunctions of equipment, instruments, or controls and report these conditions to supervisors. Record operating data, such as the results of surveillance tests. Dispatch orders or instructions to personnel through radiotelephone or intercommunication systems to coordinate auxiliary equipment operation. Monitor or operate boilers, turbines, wells, or auxiliary power plant equipment. Participate in nuclear fuel element handling activities, such as preparation, transfer, loading, or unloading. Conduct inspections or operations outside of control rooms as necessary. Authorize actions to correct identified operational inefficiencies or hazards so that operating efficiency is maximized and potential environmental issues are minimized. Direct measurement of the intensity or types of radiation in work areas, equipment, or materials. Direct the collection and testing of air, water, gas, or solid samples to determine radioactivity levels or to ensure appropriate radioactive containment. Identify or direct implementation of appropriate decontamination procedures, based on equipment and the size, nature, and type of contamination. Operate nuclear power reactors in accordance with policies and procedures to protect workers from radiation and to ensure environmental safety. Supervise technicians' work activities to ensure that equipment is operated in accordance with policies and procedures that protect workers from radiation and ensure environmental safety.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
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