Nuclear Maintenance Engineer

Maintain and fix old or broken nuclear equipment to keep workers safe.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$67,000 – $142,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Nuclear Maintenance Engineers do?

Have you ever been curious about what goes on behind the huge stone walls of a nuclear power plant? As a Nuclear Maintenance Engineer, you get an insider’s look. Not only that, but you are also charged as the Nuclear Maintenance Engineer with making sure the equipment works properly, and even get to design new processes or equipment that increase productivity, safety, or output.

Safety is an issue in many industries, but when working with radioactive isotopes, the risks are even higher. Therefore, safety precautions are checked, rechecked, and rechecked a few more times by you, the Nuclear Maintenance Engineer.

If you or another worker discover a problem, you find solutions. This might mean fixing a broken part, updating machinery, replacing aging equipment, or designing an entirely new process. At any stage, you use computer-aided design (CAD) software, run tests, brainstorm solutions, and supervise construction, implementation, repairs, and replacements.

This job entails a high degree of interaction with other workers. You train Nuclear Maintenance Technicians on new systems and equipment, work with other Nuclear Engineers to design and install systems, and report to plant management. Along the way, you strive to stay within project budgets and timetables, study blueprints, create flow charts, and write safety and performance reports.

You’re the person who keeps an eye on aging equipment, and recommends maintenance and replacement schedules to the budgeting committee. This requires technical knowledge of each piece of nuclear machinery and process, as well as a constant updating of your skills. Nuclear processes change quickly, so you pursue continuing education through seminars and classes.

Should I be a Nuclear Maintenance Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • 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.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to Become a
    Nuclear Maintenance Engineer

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