A nuclear engineer designs, implements and maintains systems relating to nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. Their work primarily involves the construction of nuclear power plants and radiation safety measures. A nuclear engineer is usually involved at every step of the nuclear process, from the nuclear fusion to the safe disposal of waste products. The work of nuclear engineer utilises the theory and research of a nuclear physicists and puts it in practice to be of practical use for the public.
The UK Statistics Authority projects that in the next decade the number of jobs in the nuclear engineering field will increase by between eight and eleven percent. The increase will be fuelled by an increase need for nuclear power and the development of medical radiation technology.
Nuclear engineers research and design the process and the equipment for the nuclear energy industry. They can either be physicists or else mechanical, electrical or chemical engineers. Most nuclear engineers work in power generation, responsible for the operation of nuclear power stations and equipment, fuel reprocessing, waste management and decommissioning nuclear power stations.
- Knowledge and interest in science and technology is necessary to design and build new plants
- Problem-solving and analytical skills
- Excellent mathematical and computer skills
- Responsible for planning safe methods of disposing nuclear waste during decommissioning
- Responsible for security and safety
- The ability to manage projects, budgets and people when supervising power station technicians
- Good spoken and written communication skills
- Ability to work as part of a large team