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Become a Nuclear Power Plant Technician

Starting off as an Electrical, Mechanical or Instrument & Control Technician:

What will you do?

  • Provide assistance to plant operators by reading gauges, checking equipment
  • Make work area safe
  • Install and maintain equipment based on site procedures and/or manufacturer’s specifications
  • Read instrumentation schematics to diagnose circuit trouble
  • Participate in classroom
  • On-the-job training

What knowledge / skills / abilities will you need?

  • Be adept at written and verbal communication and documentation
  • Be able to document and record work performed
  • Ability to work within a team
  • Be able to lift heavy equipment
  • Listen and follow directions
  • Be comfortable with heights
  • Be able to work in noisy conditions
  • Math skills including algebra, trigonometry, and geometry
  • Come to work on time and prepared
  • Physical ability to climb stairs and ladders, operate stiff valves manually, lift weights, and control pneumatic or hydraulic wrenches
  • Apply knowledge obtained during training in the work environment
  • Work with various types of test equipment, including multi-meters
  • Work with various types of tools

Senior Technician:

What will you do?

  • Inspect equipment, including motors and belts, fluid levels, and filters
  • Take apart machines, then repair and replace parts using hand or power tools
  • Use large equipment such as hoists and cranes
  • Use detailed site procedures and manuals to determine problems and then fix them
  • Do preventive maintenance checkups on machines, mechanical equipment and on buildings

What knowledge / skills / abilities will you need?

  • Be adept at written and verbal communication and documentation
  • Use information to diagnose and solve problems
  • Be able to manage multiple tasks at one time
  • Ability to understand basic mechanical principles (e.g., gear trains, centrifugal force, heat flow)
  • Ability to comprehend entire systems and how they function
  • Ability to foresee system implications of malfunctions or of own actions
  • Ability to anticipate required future conditions in numerous interacting systems


What will you do?

  • Determine schedules and work activities of team members
  • Review team member performance and provide feedback
  • Inspect records and log book entries to determine plant efficiency
  • Prepare and manage budgets
  • Communicate and report to management
  • Deal with potentially stressful situations

What knowledge / skills / abilities will you need?

  • People management
  • Communications skills
  • Financial management
  • Computer skills for report preparation
  • Assign priority or sequence to the steps for completing a job
  • Coordinate several, competing activities for efficient use of time and material
  • Adapt work procedures or priorities in response to changing or unforeseen requirements or conditions
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Worker at a nuclear power plant

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“The main role of my job as a Radiation Protection Technician is to help protect the health and safety of the public, the plant, and the workers. I have always had a passion for helping people, so this job gives me a great opportunity to put that into action. I like being a part of a team and continuously learning new skills. I am proud that the work I do contributes to providing safe and reliable energy at a low cost to our customers.”

Shawna Henry
Radiation Protection Technician
Nebraska Public Power District