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Nuclear Engineers - 17-2161.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Engineer
  • Nuclear Design Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Nuclear Licensing Engineer
  • Nuclear Process Engineer
  • Nuclear Reactor Engineer
  • Radiological Engineer
  • Resident Inspector
  • Scientist
  • System Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations
17-2000 Engineers
17-2160 Nuclear Engineers
17-2161.00 Nuclear Engineers

Related Occupations


  • Conduct environmental studies related to topics such as nuclear power generation, nuclear waste disposal, or nuclear weapon deployment.
  • Conduct tests of nuclear fuel behavior and cycles or performance of nuclear machinery and equipment to optimize performance of existing plants.
  • Consult with other scientists to determine parameters of experimentation or suitability of analytical models.
  • Design fuel cycle models or processes to reduce the quantity of radioactive waste generated from nuclear activities.
  • Design or develop nuclear equipment, such as reactor cores, radiation shielding, or associated instrumentation or control mechanisms.
  • Design or direct nuclear research projects to test or modify theoretical models, develop new theoretical models, or discover new uses for current models.
  • Design or oversee construction or operation of nuclear reactors or power plants or nuclear fuels reprocessing and reclamation systems.
  • Develop or contribute to the development of plans to remediate or restore environments affected by nuclear radiation, such as waste disposal sites.
  • Direct environmental compliance activities associated with nuclear plant operations or maintenance.
  • Direct operating or maintenance activities of operational nuclear power plants to ensure efficiency and conformity to safety standards.
  • Discuss construction project proposals with interested parties, such as vendors, contractors, or nuclear facility review boards.
  • Examine accidents to obtain data that can be used to design preventive measures.
  • Initiate corrective actions or order plant shutdowns in emergency situations.
  • Keep abreast of developments and changes in the nuclear field by reading technical journals or by independent study and research.
  • 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.
  • Perform experiments that will provide information about acceptable methods of nuclear material usage, nuclear fuel reclamation, or waste disposal.
  • Prepare environmental impact statements, reports, or presentations for regulatory or other agencies.
  • Prepare technical reports of findings or recommendations, based on synthesized analyses of test results.
  • 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 or nuclear fuel or waste handling and disposal.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on health and safety issues.
  • Analyze test or validation data.
  • Communicate technical information to suppliers, contractors, or regulatory agencies.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
  • Coordinate safety or regulatory compliance activities.
  • Design energy production or management equipment or systems.
  • Develop operational methods or processes that use green materials or emphasize sustainability.
  • Direct energy production or management activities.
  • Direct equipment maintenance or repair activities.
  • Document design or operational test results.
  • Investigate safety of work environment.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects.
  • Monitor processes for compliance with standards.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Prepare procedural documents.
  • Prepare technical or operational reports.
  • Research energy production, use, or conservation.
  • Resolve operational performance problems.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
  • Update technical knowledge.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Atomic Energy Plans and Policies Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Nuclear Engineer (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Nuclear Power Research Project Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Nuclear Power Superintendent (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Nuclear Systems and Components Repair Officer, Ship (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • RL - Engineering Duty Officer - Ship Engineering (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Naval Reactors Engineer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Surface Reactor Controls Manager (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Weapons Material Officer (Nuclear) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Design Engineer, Nuclear Equipment
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Nuclear-Criticality Safety Engineer
  • Nuclear-Fuels Reclamation Engineer
  • Nuclear-Fuels Research Engineer
  • Nuclear-Plant Technical Advisor
  • Nuclear-Test-Reactor Program Coordinator
  • Radiation-Protection Engineer
  • Research Engineer, Nuclear Equipment
  • Test Engineer, Nuclear Equipment
  • Waste-Management Engineer, Radioactive Materials