Charge Machine Operator

Operate machines that recharge nuclear reactors in a nuclear plant.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$32,000 – $71,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Charge Machine Operators do?

Operates machine to recharge nuclear reactor in nuclear plant: Reads work orders and confers with supervisor to determine reactor tube loading sequence. Reads thermometer to ensure that water temperature is at level specified for charging operation. Pushes button to raise charge-discharge machine to specified height for removal of loaded monotubes from wall-storage racks. Turns levers to position machine in horizontal alignment with specified wall rack, and moves transfer-arm controls to remove tubes from rack. Pushes buttons to move charging machine and align serially-numbered monotube with specifically-numbered reactor-wall opening. Activates charging machine pump to force water into monotube and push piston forward to fill reactor tube with fuel elements and to clear irradiated elements out of reactor.


Should I be a Charge Machine Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

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