CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Operate equipment used for the release, control, or utilization of nuclear energy to assist scientists in laboratory or production activities. Follow policies and procedures for radiation workers to ensure personnel safety.
 
Modify, devise, and maintain equipment used in operations.
 
Set control panel switches, according to standard procedures, to route electric power from sources and direct particle beams through injector units.
 
Submit computations to supervisors for review.
 
Calculate equipment operating factors, such as radiation times, dosages, temperatures, gamma intensities, and pressures, using standard formulas and conversion tables.
 
Perform testing, maintenance, repair, and upgrading of accelerator systems.
 
Warn maintenance workers of radiation hazards and direct workers to vacate hazardous areas.
 
Monitor instruments, gauges, and recording devices in control rooms during operation of equipment, under direction of nuclear experimenters.
 
Adjust controls of equipment in order to control particle beam movement, pulse rates, energy and intensity, or radiation, according to specifications.
 
Communicate with accelerator maintenance personnel in order to ensure readiness of support systems, such as vacuum, water cooling, and radiofrequency power sources.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians
 
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.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
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.
 
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.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
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.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
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: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
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.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians
 
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.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
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.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
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.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking 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).
 
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).
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
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).
 
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.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
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
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Accelerator Operator
Auxiliary Operator
Equipment Operator
Gamma Facilities Operator
Hot-Cell Technician
Licensed Nuclear Operator
Non-Licensed Nuclear Auxiliary Operator
Non-Licensed Nuclear Equipment Operator (NLO)
Non-Licensed Nuclear Plant Operator (NLO)
Non-Licensed Operator (NLO)
Nuclear Apprentice Plant Equipment Operator (NAPEO)
Nuclear Auxiliary Operator
Nuclear Equipment Operator (NEO)
Nuclear Fuel Enrichment Technician
Nuclear Fuel Processing Technician
Nuclear Operating Technician
Nuclear Operations Specialist
Nuclear Operator
Nuclear Plant Equipment Operator
Nuclear Plant Operator
Nuclear Power Plant Non-Licensed Operator
Nuclear Power Plant Operator
Nuclear Power Plant Process Control Worker
Nuclear Reactor Technician
Nuclear Station Plant Equipment Operator
Operations Technician
Plant Operator
Radiation Protection Technician (RPT)
Radioisotope Production Operator
Reactor Operator
Station Operator
Systems Operator
Test and Research Reactor Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians
 
 
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