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Nuclear Technicians - 19-4051.00

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O*NET-SOC Description

Assist nuclear physicists, nuclear engineers, or other scientists in laboratory, power generation, or electricity production activities. May operate, maintain, or provide quality control for nuclear testing and research equipment. May monitor radiation.

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  • Adjust controls of equipment to control particle beam movement, pulse rates, energy or intensity, or radiation, according to specifications.
  • Apply safety tags to equipment needing maintenance.
  • Calculate equipment operating factors, such as radiation times, dosages, temperatures, gamma intensities, or pressures, using standard formulas and conversion tables.
  • Collect air, water, gas or solid samples for testing to determine radioactivity levels or to ensure appropriate radioactive containment.
  • Communicate with accelerator maintenance personnel to ensure readiness of support systems, such as vacuum, water cooling, or radio frequency power sources.
  • Conduct surveillance testing to determine safety of nuclear equipment.
  • Decontaminate objects by cleaning them using soap or solvents or by abrading using brushes, buffing machines, or sandblasting machines.
  • Determine or recommend radioactive decontamination procedures, according to the size and nature of equipment and the degree of contamination.
  • Follow nuclear equipment operational policies and procedures that ensure environmental safety.
  • Follow policies and procedures for radiation workers to ensure personnel safety.
  • Identify and implement appropriate decontamination procedures, based on equipment and the size, nature, and type of contamination.
  • Measure the intensity and identify the types of radiation in work areas, equipment, or materials, using radiation detectors or other instruments.
  • Modify, devise, or maintain nuclear equipment used in operations.
  • Monitor instruments, gauges, or recording devices under direction of nuclear experimenters.
  • Monitor nuclear reactor equipment performance to identify operational inefficiencies, hazards, or needs for maintenance or repair.
  • Perform testing, maintenance, repair, or upgrading of accelerator systems.
  • Prepare reports to communicate information such as contamination test results, decontamination results, or decontamination procedures.
  • Set control panel switches to route electric power from sources and direct particle beams through injector units.
  • Set up equipment that automatically detects area radiation deviations and test detection equipment to ensure its accuracy.
  • Test plant equipment to ensure it is operating properly.
  • Warn maintenance workers of radiation hazards and direct workers to vacate hazardous areas.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on management of emergencies or hazardous situations or materials.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
  • Clean objects.
  • Collect environmental data or samples.
  • Communicate safety or hazard information to others.
  • Communicate with other workers to coordinate activities.
  • Identify sustainable business practices.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Inspect work sites to identify potential environmental or safety hazards.
  • Maintain laboratory or technical equipment.
  • Maintain work equipment or machinery.
  • Measure radiation levels.
  • Monitor operational procedures in technical environments to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Monitor operations to ensure compliance with safety or security policies or regulations.
  • Prepare operational reports.
  • Set up laboratory or field equipment.
  • Test mechanical systems to ensure proper functioning.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Electricians Mate, Nuclear Power (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Electronics Technician, Nuclear Power (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Emergency Management (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Emergency Management Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Emergency Management Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Emergency Management Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Emergency Management Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Emergency Management Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinists Mate, Nuclear Power (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Reactor Controls Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Surface Reactor Controls Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Surface Reactor Controls Supervisor (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Accelerator Operator
  • Gamma-Facilities Operator
  • Hot-Cell Technician
  • Radioisotope-Production Operator
  • Reactor Operator, Test-and-Research