With the rise of technology, nuclear engineers have taken up the role of providing nuclear engineers with the knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of new technologies and to ensure the safety of their work.
In the past, nuclear engineering has been viewed as an occupational career, with engineers and nuclear engineers having to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and competence in a number of different areas, including nuclear engineering, chemical engineering, physics and computer science.
However, over the past few decades, the number of nuclear engineering positions in the UK has increased significantly, from about 600 in the mid-1990s to over 1,500 today.
The UK Nuclear Engineering Council (UKNIEC) is an organisation that aims to support the careers of nuclear engineers.
They offer training, employment support, career guidance and career development opportunities.
The job offer is available to people aged between 21 and 50 with a minimum of two years experience in nuclear engineering and two years of experience as a nuclear engineering consultant, or equivalent.
The most common types of nuclear engineer positions are as a sales engineer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer and a specialist engineer.
Sales Engineers, for example, can be responsible for developing new products or services, selling, or servicing equipment and systems, or managing the supply chain.
In other jobs, sales engineers are responsible for the maintenance of products, processes, or systems, and for ensuring that they are reliable and secure.
The electrical engineer can be in charge of the design, installation, and operation of electrical equipment and/or control the flow of electrical power to the building or to a client.
The mechanical engineer can design, install, and maintain machinery and components, and may be involved in building safety.
The specialist engineer can provide support for nuclear power and waste disposal systems, as well as provide a range of other related engineering services.
This is a good position to start your career in nuclear technology, as you will have a strong engineering background.
In some roles, the position may be a full-time one, but the average length of employment is typically three years.
For more information, see our career advice page.
The Nuclear Engineering Certification Programme (NECP) is a qualification programme offered by the UK Nuclear Energy Agency (UKNEA) to help people prepare for a career in the nuclear industry.
The programme covers everything from practical skills to technical knowledge and experience, including the knowledge of the materials, systems and methods required for operating a nuclear power plant.
There are three main stages to the NECP qualification: Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.
Level 1 The basic NECP programme consists of a four-year training course that takes you through the essentials of nuclear physics and technology.
The first year consists of basic laboratory practical and laboratory work and is followed by the two-year course in nuclear control and control of equipment and operations.
At the end of this first year, you will be offered the Nuclear Engineering Certificate, which is a further two-level qualification.
Level 2 NECP is a one-year programme that provides more advanced knowledge.
You will undertake the NECA’s nuclear control course, which includes a range the NECS course, as part of a two-part practical and theoretical course.
This programme is designed for people with a good knowledge of nuclear science and technology, with an ability to work with and understand the technical requirements of nuclear systems.
Level 3 NECP offers further advanced training, which focuses on the development of technical knowledge in a range in nuclear power.
The NECP Certificate is a final qualification and provides further support to the successful nuclear engineer and is valid for three years from the date of the NECOI.
It covers the basic NECS, NECP and NECP plus the NECC, plus all NECP courses, including Level 1 and Level 2.
These courses are designed for the people with an excellent understanding of nuclear technology and engineering, with the capability to work closely with and with others on nuclear systems, both at home and abroad.
To find out more about the NEC, or to apply, see the UKNEA website.
This article originally appeared on the National Institute for Nuclear Engineering (NINE) website.
For further information on nuclear engineering jobs, contact the UKNIEC on 020 7221 6333 or email [email protected]
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The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NINE.
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