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Nuclear Engineers Career Video

Description: Conduct research on nuclear engineering projects or apply principles and theory of nuclear science to problems concerned with release, control, and use of nuclear energy and nuclear waste disposal.


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Tremendous energy is trappedin the nucleus of a tiny atom.Harnessing that energy isthe work of nuclear engineers.They search for efficient ways tocapture the energy from disintegrating atoms,or from the fusion of atoms, and put it to use.Nuclear engineers develop a variety ofapplications for nuclear energy,including diagnosing and treating illnesses…and in systems to power ships and spacecraft.Many of these engineers work withnuclear reactors,the source of energy for power plantsto provide heat and electricity tomany homes and businesses.The resources used in nuclear powergenerate potentially dangerous radioactivity.So nuclear engineers in power plantsdevelop safety practices,and ensure that nuclear wasteis disposed of with care.Their job doesn’t stop after designingcutting-edge new technology—they oversee operations and maintenance,and issue immediate emergency shutdownsif there are malfunctions.The majority of nuclear engineers work full-timefor public utilities or engineering consulting firms.They sometimes collaborate withother kinds of engineers to improveeach other’s system designs.A bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineeringis the typical entry-level requirement for this fieldsome positions require a master’s degreeor Ph.D.Nuclear engineers carry a large responsibilityto safely manage a resource many peoplehave come to depend on.