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Nuclear Power Plant Engineer  What They Do

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dotNuclear power plant engineers design, develop, monitor and operate nuclear power plants used to generate electricity.

They may work on the production, handling and use of nuclear fuel and the safe disposal of waste produced by nuclear energy -- or on fusion energy.

dotMany engineers inspect, supervise or solve on-site problems in laboratories, industrial plants or at construction sites. Others work a standard 40-hour week in offices. At times, deadlines or design standards may lead to long hours and stress.

Brad Olson is a project engineer with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in California. He usually works a compressed 40-hour week. He works nine hours Monday through Thursday, and alternates Fridays being off and working an eight-hour shift. Overtime is approved when necessary.

At a Glance

Run the plants that give us power

  • Deadlines or design standards may lead to long hours and stress
  • These engineers work on the production, handling and use of nuclear fuel and the safe disposal of waste
  • An engineering degree is recommended