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Nuclear Monitoring Technicians - 19-4051.02

O*NET-SOC Description

Collect and test samples to monitor results of nuclear experiments and contamination of humans, facilities, and environment.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Health Physics Technician (HP Tech)
  • Nuclear Chemistry Technician
  • Radiation Control Technician (Radcon Technician)
  • Radiation Protection Specialist (RP Specialist)
  • Radiation Protection Technician (RPT)
  • Radiation Technician
  • Radiochemical Technician
  • Senior Health Physics Technician
  • Senior Radiation Protection Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

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  • Analyze samples, such as air or water samples, for contaminants or other elements.
  • Brief workers on radiation levels in work areas.
  • Calculate safe radiation exposure times for personnel using plant contamination readings and prescribed safe levels of radiation.
  • Calibrate and maintain chemical instrumentation sensing elements and sampling system equipment, using calibration instruments and hand tools.
  • Collect samples of air, water, gases, or solids to determine radioactivity levels of contamination.
  • Confer with scientists directing projects to determine significant events to monitor during tests.
  • Decontaminate objects by cleaning with soap or solvents or by abrading with wire brushes, buffing wheels, or sandblasting machines.
  • Determine intensities and types of radiation in work areas, equipment, or materials, using radiation detectors or other instruments.
  • Determine or recommend radioactive decontamination procedures, according to the size and nature of equipment and the degree of contamination.
  • Enter data into computers to record characteristics of nuclear events or to locate coordinates of particles.
  • Immerse samples in chemical compounds to prepare them for testing.
  • 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.
  • Monitor personnel to determine the amounts and intensities of radiation exposure.
  • Operate manipulators from outside cells to move specimens into or out of shielded containers, to remove specimens from cells, or to place specimens on benches or equipment work stations.
  • Place radioactive waste, such as sweepings or broken sample bottles, into containers for shipping or disposal.
  • Prepare reports describing contamination tests, material or equipment decontaminated, or methods used in decontamination processes.
  • Provide initial response to abnormal events or to alarms from radiation monitoring equipment.
  • Set up equipment that automatically detects area radiation deviations and test detection equipment to ensure its accuracy.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on management of emergencies or hazardous situations or materials.
  • Analyze environmental data.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
  • Clean objects.
  • Collaborate on research activities with scientists or technical specialists.
  • Collect environmental data or samples.
  • Communicate safety or hazard information to others.
  • Maintain laboratory or technical equipment.
  • Measure radiation levels.
  • Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis.
  • Prepare operational reports.
  • Record research or operational data.
  • Set up laboratory or field equipment.
  • Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Bioenvironmental Engineer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Architecture/Medical Construction (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Environmental Engineering and Science (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, General (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Health Physics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Industrial Hygiene (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Medical Physics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Warrant Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • 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)
  • Environmental Science and Engineering (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Machinists Mate, Nuclear Power (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Radiation Health Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Reactor Laboratory Manager (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Reactor Laboratory Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Reactor Laboratory Supervisor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Surface Reactor Laboratory Manager (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Surface Reactor Laboratory Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Surface Reactor Laboratory Supervisor (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Radiation Monitor

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Chemical-Radiation Technician
  • Decontaminator
  • Radiation Monitor
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