CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Nuclear Engineers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Engineers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Conduct research on nuclear engineering projects or apply principles and theory of nuclear science to problems concerned with release, control, and use of nuclear energy and nuclear waste disposal. Examine accidents to obtain data that can be used to design preventive measures.
 
Monitor nuclear facility operations to identify any design, construction, or operation practices that violate safety regulations and laws or that could jeopardize the safety of operations.
 
Keep abreast of developments and changes in the nuclear field by reading technical journals and by independent study and research.
 
Perform experiments that will provide information about acceptable methods of nuclear material usage, nuclear fuel reclamation, and waste disposal.
 
Design and oversee construction and operation of nuclear reactors and power plants and nuclear fuels reprocessing and reclamation systems.
 
Design and develop nuclear equipment such as reactor cores, radiation shielding, and associated instrumentation and control mechanisms.
 
Initiate corrective actions or order plant shutdowns in emergency situations.
 
Recommend preventive measures to be taken in the handling of nuclear technology, based on data obtained from operations monitoring or from evaluation of test results.
 
Write operational instructions to be used in nuclear plant operation and nuclear fuel and waste handling and disposal.
 
Conduct tests of nuclear fuel behavior and cycles and performance of nuclear machinery and equipment, to optimize performance of existing plants.
 
Direct operating and maintenance activities of operational nuclear power plants to ensure efficiency and conformity to safety standards.
 
Synthesize analyses of test results, and use the results to prepare technical reports of findings and recommendations.
 
Prepare construction project proposals that include cost estimates, and discuss proposals with interested parties such as vendors, contractors, and nuclear facility review boards.
 
Analyze available data and consult with other scientists to determine parameters of experimentation and suitability of analytical models.
 
Design and direct nuclear research projects to discover facts, to test or modify theoretical models, or to develop new theoretical models or new uses for current models.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Engineers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Engineers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Engineers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Engineers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
ANISN dose assessment computer code Analytical or scientific software
 
BERMUDA nuclear transport computer codes Analytical or scientific software
 
C++ Object or component oriented development software
 
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
 
Desktop publishing software Desktop publishing software
 
Discrete ordinates DORT dose assessment computer codes Analytical or scientific software
 
FOLLOW code Development environment software
 
Formula translation/translator FORTRAN Development environment software
 
Graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
INCORE code Development environment software
 
MCNP dose assessment computer code Analytical or scientific software
 
MERCURE dose assessment computer codes Analytical or scientific software
 
MORSE-CG dose assessment computer code Analytical or scientific software
 
Maplesoft Maple Analytical or scientific software
 
Mathematical simulation software Analytical or scientific software
 
Mathsoft Mathcad Computer aided design CAD software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Monte Carlo software Analytical or scientific software
 
Presentation software Presentation software
 
Probabilistic risk assessment PRA software Analytical or scientific software
 
QAD shielding computer code Analytical or scientific software
 
Reactor excursion and release analysis program RELAP Analytical or scientific software
 
Relational database software Data base user interface and query software
 
SCALE ORIGEN-S point depletion and decay code Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientech Safety Monitor Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientech WinNUPRA Analytical or scientific software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
TOTE code Development environment software
 
The MathWorks MATLAB Analytical or scientific software
 
Transient reactor analysis code TRAC Analytical or scientific software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Anticontamination clothing Hazardous material protective apparel
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Face masks Facial shields
 
Nuclear wireline logging instruments Nuclear tools
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Reactivity computer systems Nuclear reactor control rod systems
 
Respirators Respirators
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Engineers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Engineers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Atomic Process Engineer
Criticality Safety Engineer
Engineer
Generation Engineer
Nuclear Criticality Safety Engineer
Nuclear Design Engineer
Nuclear Engineer
Nuclear Equipment Design Engineer
Nuclear Equipment Research Engineer
Nuclear Equipment Test Engineer
Nuclear Fuels Reclamation Engineer
Nuclear Fuels Research Engineer
Nuclear Licensing Engineer
Nuclear Plant Technical Advisor
Nuclear Power Plant Engineer
Nuclear Process Engineer
Nuclear Radiation Engineer
Nuclear Reactor Engineer
Nuclear Reactor Inspector
Nuclear Standards Director
Nuclear Steam Supply System Engineer (NSSS Engineer)
Nuclear Test Reactor Program Coordinator
Nuclear Waste Management Engineer
Radiation Engineer
Radiation Officer
Radiation Protection Engineer
Radioactive Materials Waste Management Engineer
Radiological Defense Officer
Radiological Engineer
Reactor Engineer
Reactor Projects Engineer
Resident Inspector
Responsible System Engineer
Risk and Reliability Engineer
Scientist
System Engineer
Weapons Designer
Weapons Engineer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Engineers
 
 
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