Nuclear reactor desk engineer (level 6)
Operate, monitor and control the nuclear reactor and associated equipment in normal operational mode, as well as abnormal conditions.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
- Typical duration
- 30 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Engineering and manufacturing
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
- Also known as
- Assistant Engineer Operations
- Main Control Desk Operator
- Reactor Desk Engineer
- Reactor Operator
- Reactor Panel Operator
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Following operational and maintenance procedures; maintaining compliance with technical specifications.
- Making recommendations utilising technical knowledge. For example: modifications to system and component design throughout the reactor lifecycle.
- Monitoring and evaluating plant conditions under different modes of operation, for example shut down, start up, abnormal, fault, emergency and critical steady state operations.
- Communicating verbally - face to face and via radio. For example: using error prevention techniques such as 3 way communications and use of phonetic alphabet.
- Evaluating pre-defined calculations for reactor physics and thermal hydraulics. Taking action to maintain compliance with technical procedures.
- Directing people and operations, exercising authority.
- Using error prevention techniques, such as STAR and peer checking, procedural use and adherence, briefing, flagging.
- Validating plant system information by using multiple sources, such as data processing systems, hard wired indications and feed-back from plant operatives.
- Analysing information, such as plant information and trends in data.
- Operating the panel controls to transition between manual, start-up and/or automatic modes of operation.
- Responding to abnormal events and/or alarms.
- Evaluating the effectiveness of corrective actions and their impact.
- Using IT applications. For example: word, email, plant computing and control systems.
- Communicating – written. For example handover logs, condition reports and email.
- Time management. For example planning and scheduling work.