Nuclear 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.
Many 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.