What does a Nuclear Engineer do?

A nuclear engineer is responsible for monitoring nuclear facility operations to identify any design, construction, or operation practices that violate safety regulations and laws that could jeopardize the safety of operations. They 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. Additionally, nuclear engineers design equipment and create the operating procedures used in nuclear power plants. Nuclear engineers usually work on construction sites of a new nuclear power plant.

A bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering along with demonstrable experience in a nuclear power plant setting is required. Successful nuclear engineers possess excellent oral and written communication skills and have a strong eye for details.

  • Supervise the loading of fuel onto a nuclear reactor
  • Oversee technicians who use radiation technology to manufacture products
  • Maintain safe radiation levels
  • Develop new concepts of thermonuclear analysis and new uses of radioactive processes
  • Research new uses for nuclear energy in the industrial or medical field
  • Develop reactor cores, radiation shielding, and related instruments
  • Design and develop nuclear plants that generate power
  • Work on the production, handling, and use of nuclear fuel
  • Detail-oriented and able to solve problems independently
  • Lab and field work during studies highly recommended
  • Ability to operate complex machinery
  • Possess a strong mathematics background
  • Keep up to date with fast-moving developments in science and technology
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Solid understanding of natural sciences
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Relevant work experience
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience5-7 years

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₹91,922 /month
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