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Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Control and maintain auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, feedwater heaters, filters, and chlorinators, that supply water, fuel, lubricants, air, and auxiliary power for turbines, generators, boilers, and other power-generating plant facilities. Adjust controls to position rod and to regulate flux level, reactor period, coolant temperature, and rate of power flow, following standard procedures.
 
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 assess the effects of generator loading on other equipment.
 
Implement operational procedures such as those controlling start-up and shut-down activities.
 
Note malfunctions of equipment, instruments, or controls, and report these conditions to supervisors.
 
Monitor and operate boilers, turbines, wells, and auxiliary power plant equipment.
 
Dispatch orders and instructions to personnel through radiotelephone or intercommunication systems to coordinate auxiliary equipment operation.
 
Record operating data, such as the results of surveillance tests.
 
Participate in nuclear fuel element handling activities, such as preparation, transfer, loading, and unloading.
 
Conduct inspections and operations outside of control rooms as necessary.
 
Direct reactor operators in emergency situations, in accordance with emergency operating procedures.
 
Authorize maintenance activities on units and changes in equipment and system operational status.
 
Auxiliary equipment operators work throughout a power plant, operating and monitoring valves, switches, and gauges.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
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.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
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.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
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.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
 
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.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
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.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
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.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
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).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
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).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
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.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
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.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
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.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Data logging software Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Plant information data entry software Data base user interface and query software
 
Air compressors Air compressors
 
Air monitoring equipment Air samplers or collectors
 
Air purifying respirators Respirators
 
Air sample collection equipment Air samplers or collectors
 
Area gamma monitors Gamma counters
 
Automatic control systems Generator control or protection panels
 
Control rod drives Nuclear reactor control rod systems
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Fuel handling systems Nuclear fuel rod
 
Generator control panels Generator control or protection panels
 
Leak detection equipment Leak testing equipment
 
Level transmitters Level sensors or transmitters
 
Master-slave manipulators Hot cell remote handling equipment
 
Nuclear plant hazard alarm systems Nuclear fuel element failure detection systems
 
Nuclear reactor control rod operation systems Nuclear reactor control rod systems
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Pipe camera inspection systems Digital camcorders or video cameras
 
Pocket dosimeters Dosimeters
 
Portable two way radios Two way radios
 
Portal monitors Radiation detectors
 
Power plant turbine control panels Gas turbine control panels
 
Protective shoe covers Footwear covers
 
Radiation monitoring instruments Dosimeters
 
Radiation survey meters Radiation detectors
 
Safety coveralls Protective coveralls
 
Safety gloves Protective gloves
 
Seismic monitoring instruments Nuclear reactor earthquake instrumentation
 
Spent fuel handling machines Radioactive waste disposal systems
 
Ventilation systems Air exhausters
 
Video borescopes Borescope inspection equipment
 
Water conductivity testers Conductivity meters
 
Water deionization equipment Ion exchange equipment
 
Water recirculation pumps Water pumps
 
Water samplers Water samplers
 
Water softeners Water softening accessories
 
pH testers pH meters
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Control Room Operator
Control Room Supervisor
Licensed Nuclear Control Room Operator
Licensed Reactor Operator
Non-Licensed Operator (NLO)
Nuclear Control Operator
Nuclear Control Room Non-Licensed Operator
Nuclear Control Room Operator
Nuclear Operator
Nuclear Plant Equipment Operator
Nuclear Plant Operator (NPO)
Nuclear Power Plant Process Control Worker
Nuclear Power Reactor Operator
Nuclear Reactor Operator
Nuclear Reactor Unlicensed Operator
Nuclear Station Operating Engineer
Nuclear Station Operator (NSO)
Nuclear Supervising Operator (NSO)
Nuclear Unit Operator
Power Reactor Operator
Reactor Operator (RO)
Unit Reactor Operator
Waste Control Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
 
 
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