CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Nuclear Monitoring Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Monitoring Technicians
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Collect and test samples to monitor results of nuclear experiments and contamination of humans, facilities, and environment. Calculate safe radiation exposure times for personnel using plant contamination readings and prescribed safe levels of radiation.
 
Provide initial response to abnormal events and to alarms from radiation monitoring equipment.
 
Monitor personnel to determine the amounts and intensities of radiation exposure.
 
Inform supervisors when individual exposures or area radiation levels approach maximum permissible limits.
 
Instruct personnel in radiation safety procedures and demonstrate use of protective clothing and equipment.
 
Determine intensities and types of radiation in work areas, equipment, and materials, using radiation detectors and other instruments.
 
Collect samples of air, water, gases, and solids to determine radioactivity levels of contamination.
 
Set up equipment that automatically detects area radiation deviations and test detection equipment to ensure its accuracy.
 
Determine or recommend radioactive decontamination procedures, according to the size and nature of equipment and the degree of contamination.
 
Decontaminate objects by cleaning with soap or solvents or by abrading with wire brushes, buffing wheels, or sandblasting machines.
 
Place radioactive waste, such as sweepings and broken sample bottles, into containers for disposal.
 
Calibrate and maintain chemical instrumentation sensing elements and sampling system equipment, using calibration instruments and hand tools.
 
Enter data into computers to record characteristics of nuclear events and to locate coordinates of particles.
 
Operate manipulators from outside cells to move specimens into and out of shielded containers, to remove specimens from cells, or to place specimens on benches or equipment work stations.
 
Prepare reports describing contamination tests, material and equipment decontaminated, and methods used in decontamination processes.
 
Confer with scientists directing projects to determine significant events to monitor during tests.
 
Immerse samples in chemical compounds to prepare them for testing.
 
Test materials' physical, chemical, or metallurgical properties, using equipment such as tensile testers, hardness testers, metallographic units, micrometers, and gauges.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Monitoring Technicians
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
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 Monitoring Technicians
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
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.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
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.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Monitoring 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.
 
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.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
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).
 
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).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
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).
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
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).
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Monitoring Technicians
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Monitoring Technicians
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Alara Technician
Chemical Radiation Technician
Chemistry Technician
Decontaminator
Health Physics Technician (HP Technician)
Nuclear Chemistry Technician
Nuclear Technician Research and Development
Radiation / Chemistry Technician
Radiation Control Technician (Radcon Technician)
Radiation Monitor
Radiation Protection Specialist (RP Specialist)
Radiation Protection Technician (RP Technician)
Radiation Protection Technician (RPT)
Radiation Technician
Radiochemical Technician
Radiological Control Specialist
Radiological Control Technician (RadCon Technician)
Scanner
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Monitoring Technicians
 
 
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