Retooling the Workforce for Small Modular Reactors
Dec25

Retooling the Workforce for Small Modular Reactors

Smaller reactors have many advantages, but in order to be cost effective in competitive energy markets a typical small modular reactor (SMR) will need to operate with a much smaller workforce than today’s large commercial nuclear energy facilities.  This will mandate a retooling of existing nuclear training programs to align with the knowledge and skills needed by the SMR staff. As opposed to fossil-fueled power plants in which the...

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5 Nuclear Jobs Starting at $50,000 Without a 4-year Degree
Dec13

5 Nuclear Jobs Starting at $50,000 Without a 4-year Degree

“If I only knew then what I know now!” I was having a conversation with a friend who had spent years working full time while putting himself through college. His business degree had landed him a good job in the corporate support organization of  a large electric utility.  He was happy to have it and his smarts, maturity, and work ethic had served him well. Yet to some extent he lamented his choice of a four-year business...

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The Global Nuclear Renaissance Rolls On, Career Opportunities Continue
Dec11

The Global Nuclear Renaissance Rolls On, Career Opportunities Continue

Despite claims by anti-nuclear groups of the pending demise of nuclear energy production in the United States, the nuclear renaissance is alive and well. According to the non-partisan Energy Information Administration, nuclear energy production in the USA will continue to expand for the next 25 years. Electricity generation from nuclear power plants grows by 14 percent in the AEO2013 Reference case, from 790 billion kilowatt-hours in...

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And you thought nuclear engineering & science was all about energy? Guess Again! (Podcast Episode #69)

While at the American Nuclear Society Annual Conference last week I had the opportunity to speak with several students about their interests and fields of study.  The broad range of responses is insightful and serves to illustrate that commercial energy generation is just one of many career options related to nuclear engineering, science, and technology. The students also help dispel the myth that nuclear careers are only for...

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The 2010 ANS Student Conference (Video Podcast #68)

“Live” from the 2009 ANS Conference in Atlanta, GA. Download the Video File Here John Wheeler and guest co-host Rod Adams of “The Atomic Show” meet with a group of students from the University of Michigan to discuss the ANS Student Conference.  The student conference will be held in April 2010 at the University of Michigan.  For more info go to the conference web site at http://www.studentans2010.org. Watch the...

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