Nuclear Engineering

Salary, Job Description, How To Become One, and Where to Apply

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

Engineering is a broad term; a quick google search of "become an engineering in the nuclear industry" brings up an extensive range of varying results, so it is a good idea to be clear in what is meant by engineering in this intent section.

For our purpose, Engineering encompasses the disciplines associated with the design elements of work, including Mechanical Design, Electrical, Control and Instrumentation (EC&I) design, Process design, Civil, Structural and Architectural (CS&A) design and Analysis. All elements associated with Project Management, Quality, Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE), Manufacturing and Site Works are covered elsewhere.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Job Description
2. Typical Day At Work
3. Responsibilities
4. Working Life
5. Is This Right For Me
6. Related Careers

Job Description

The Role

There are various roles available from Principal to Design Engineer. in all of the Mechanical, EC&I, Analysis, Process and CS&A functions. All roles revolve around the production of designs that satisfy a technical specification. They need to be supported by providing verification and validation of these designs, participating in any radiological and conventional safety reviews and providing relevant required documentation which will be used to take the design from paper to realisation and completion.

The Profile

An engineer's profile in the UK Nuclear Industry is very much job specific regarding qualifications and experience. The aim of the site is not to go into the details of each specific job role. The best place to look for job descriptions is on the job advertisements themselves. We've pre-searched a couple of them below for you to find out further information.


It is however worth considering that as a minimum the below will usually be included within the criteria for a candidate to demonstrate that they:

  • Hold an Engineering qualification such as NHC/HND

  • Are or on the way to becoming a chartered engineer

  • Have worked previously in a design project environment - ideally in the nuclear industry

  • Are proficient in the use of the required software (AutoCad, ProE, Inventor)

  • Meet the vetting requirements.


Get Into Nuclear

These roles have historically been a closed shop for workers outside of the nuclear industry. However, the increase in demand for such roles within the Nuclear New Build (NNB) projects means that the industry will need to broaden non-nuclear engineers' opportunities.

Suppose you believe that you have the skills and experience to bag yourself a role. In that case, it is worth checking out the Nuclear Skills Academy for Nuclear's (NSAN) Nuclear Skills Passport (NS4P), which is a competency framework that is a way for you to demonstrate that you are SQEP to work in the nuclear industry without having worked in the industry.


Additionally, check out our page on all of the training available to you to help you up-skill wherever you feel that you need to do. There are many opportunities out there in the UK Nuclear Industry particularly in the Engineering Function and now is a great time to start to assess and understand where you fit into the picture.

Typical Day At Work

A typical day has changed quite a lot for a design engineer since COVID-19 came about. Many engineers benefit from now have a commute to the office every day. Most design engineers can work from home, which was not expected at all before March!

Ordinarily, a day will start with catching up with any emails or messages received, followed by team meetings, 1-1s and communications with other employees within the company, which are pretty much all done virtually now.

Most days entails a morning routine before connecting to a VPN and remote desktop to access a CAD machine so that you can use the relevant software to making drawings or changes to them.

In most cases, you will be able to utilise the senior design engineers to help with any problems that I come across and gain ideas/experience from them.

Salary

Average Salary

$56,000 (£40,000)

Average Hourly Rate

$42.25 (£30.00)

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here is how much do Nuclear Engineers make per year and their hourly wage.

The average is around £40,000 (typically between £30,000 and £65,000) with a top earners bringing home above £110,000 per year.

Other Responsibilities

It is however worth considering that as a minimum the below will usually be included within the criteria for a candidate to demonstrate that they:

  • Hold an Engineering qualification such as NHC/HND

  • Are or on the way to becoming a chartered engineer

  • Have worked previously in a design project environment - ideally in the nuclear industry

  • Are proficient in the use of the required software (AutoCad, ProE, Inventor)

  • Meet the vetting requirements.

Working Life

Working Hours:

Standard 37.5 hour week

Regular schedule like a 9 to 5

In a typical week, although contracted to 37.5 hours per week it is not unusual for a Design Engineer to regularly work between 42 and 45 hours per week.

Much of a design engineers 9 to 5 is split between attending meetings or design reviews and working to create, amend or review designs.

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