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Apprenticeship training course

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.

Full information on Nuclear reactor desk engineer (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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