For most roles in the nuclear industry, you DO NOT need any special skills outside of those developed in your chosen field.
The sector jumpers that we have worked with have landed roles in nuclear, allowing them to use their previously developed skills - they have reported that they had to learn new processes and procedures (a requirement of any new role) and received on-the-job training regarding radiologic safety and safety cases.
Other than that, a nuclear job is just like any other job.
However, there are certain roles where you typically need specialised training and qualifications, as the work involves dealing with hazardous materials and operating complex systems.
Here's an overview of the training required for four such roles within the nuclear industry:
#1 Nuclear Safety Engineer: To work as a nuclear safety engineer, you must have a degree in engineering or a related field, such as physics or chemistry. You will also need to complete specific nuclear safety training courses, such as the Nuclear Safety Culture course, the Radiation Protection Supervisor course, and the Safety Case development course.
#2 Nuclear Site Manager: To become a nuclear site manager, you will typically need a degree in engineering, science, or a related field. You will also need to have relevant work experience in a management role. Specific training courses for nuclear site managers include the Introduction to Nuclear Power Generation course, the Advanced Nuclear Management course, and the Nuclear Decommissioning course.
#3 Radiation Protection Technician: Radiation protection technicians monitor and control radiation levels in nuclear facilities. To become a radiation protection technician, you will typically need a degree or diploma in radiation protection, health physics, or a related field. You will also need to complete specific training courses, such as the Radiation Safety Officer course and the Advanced Radiation Protection course.
#4 Nuclear Operations Technician: Nuclear operations technicians operate and maintain nuclear reactors and related equipment. To become a nuclear operations technician, you will typically need a degree or diploma in nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field. You will also need to complete specific training courses, such as the Reactor Plant Systems course, the Control Room Operations course, and the Nuclear Safety Culture course.
Overall, the UK nuclear industry is open to all. However, they are some highly regulated roles with strict education, training, and qualifications requirements.
Many employers offer training programs and apprenticeships for entry-level roles, which can help you gain the necessary skills and experience to advance in your career.
All we say to anyone considering a role in the nuclear industry is to contact us to discuss your specific situation. We offer Live Chat, WhatsApp, Email and 20 mins Phone Calls.