Nuclear Fuels Reclamation Engineer

Design and test new and efficient ways to reclaim nuclear power.
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Salary Range
$67,000 – $142,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Nuclear Fuels Reclamation Engineers do?

As a Nuclear Fuels Reclamation Engineer, you have one goal in mind while on the job: reuse and recycle. Nuclear power supplied by elements such as uranium and plutonium can be reclaimed and used over again. When you’re a Nuclear Fuels Reclamation Engineer, you design, test, and oversee new and more efficient ways to reclaim nuclear power after its initial use.

Your morning as a Nuclear Fuels Reclamation Engineer starts with a quick trip to your boss’s office to deliver a project proposal for your latest idea. It’s twice as efficient as your current procedures, and it requires fewer workers.

Then, it’s on to the lab for the results of a month-long experiment. After noting the test’s success, you start documenting your discovery in a detailed computer report. All your hard work pays off in the form of less wasteful forms of nuclear power processing.

In the afternoon, it’s down to the lab to oversee other Engineers and Technicians while they run the equipment. Safety is your top concern, and you may step in some days to operate the machines yourself.

Overall, your job is part innovation, part science, and part hands-on work. Coming up with ideas one day is balanced out by running operations the next. From hour to hour, your duties jump from filling out forms to preparing for a new experiment. The end goal is providing clean, reusable energy to power the nation.

Should I be a Nuclear Fuels Reclamation Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • How to Become a
    Nuclear Fuels Reclamation Engineer

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