Atomic Fuel Assembler

Prepare fuel elements for use in nuclear reactors.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $55,000

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What do Atomic Fuel Assemblers do?

Prepares fuel elements for use in nuclear reactors or radiographic measuring and detecting devices, performing any combination of following tasks: Strings fuel cells on wire or rod, using tweezers, safety gloves, and radiation shield or box. Enlarges hole in cell as necessary for precise fit, using reamers, files, scrapers, and emery cloth. Inspects completed assembly for flaws, such as burrs or faulty assembly. Stacks prescribed number of assemblies in jig and slips ring or cap over end to form single fuel unit. Cleans inside of metallic tubes, using ultrasonic wand, preparatory to filling with liquid fuel solution. Mixes radioactive solution according to specifications and pours into tube, using remote-controlled slave manipulators. Seals ends of tube by crimping cap or by spot welding cap to tube. Inspects tubes for leakage, using mass spectrometer or disintegration counter. Cleans exterior of tubes, using acetone and cloth or brush. Packs tubes in cartons or lead containers for shipment. Weighs completed assemblies or radioactive materials, using gram scale. Keeps records of materials used, shipping data, and number of units assembled.

Should I be an Atomic Fuel Assembler?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Fuel Assembler

    How to become an Atomic Fuel Assembler

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