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Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians - 19-4051.01

O*NET-SOC Description

Operate equipment used for the release, control, or utilization of nuclear energy to assist scientists in laboratory or production activities.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Auxiliary Operator
  • Equipment Operator
  • Licensed Nuclear Operator
  • Non-Licensed Nuclear Equipment Operator (NLO)
  • Non-Licensed Nuclear Plant Operator (NLO)
  • Nuclear Auxiliary Operator
  • Nuclear Equipment Operator (NEO)
  • Nuclear Plant Equipment Operator (NAPEO)
  • Operations Technician
  • Systems Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-4000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians
19-4050 Nuclear Technicians
19-4051.00 Nuclear Technicians
19-4051.01 Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians

Related Occupations


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Submit computations to supervisors for review.
  • 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

  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
  • Clean objects.
  • Collect environmental data or samples.
  • Communicate safety or hazard information to others.
  • 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.
  • Prepare operational reports.
  • 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

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

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