Power Reactor Operator

Control nuclear reactors that produce steam for generation of power.
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Salary Range
$58,000 – $102,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Power Reactor Operators do?

Controls nuclear reactor that produces steam for generation of electric power and coordinates operation of auxiliary equipment: Adjusts controls, under supervision, to start and shut down reactor and to regulate flux level, reactor period, coolant temperature, and rate of flow, control rod positions, and other control elements that affect power level within reactor, following standard instructions and prescribed practices. Dispatches orders and instructions to plant personnel through radiotelephone or intercommunication system to coordinate operation of such auxiliary equipment as pumps, compressors, switchgears, and water-treatment systems. May assist in preparing, transferring, loading, and unloading nuclear fuel elements. May be required to hold Nuclear Reactor Operator’s license. May be required to hold Radiotelephone Operator’s license. May control dual purpose reactors that produce plutonium and steam. May control operation of auxiliary equipment, such as turbines and generators [SWITCHBOARD OPERATOR; TURBINE OPERATOR].


Should I be a Power Reactor Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Licensed Reactor Operator, Unit Reactor Operator

    How to become a Power Reactor Operator

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