Nuclear Jobs by Function
Okay, before jumping into job search sites and throwing your CV's at the wall hoping some will stick it is important that you understand the roles, the skills, the qualifications and training available to you to land the role that is perfect for you within the UK Nuclear Industry - there is a role for everyone! However, to be sucessful in finding that perfect role you need to demonstrate that you are a Suitable Qualified and Experienced Person (SQEP) - you'll hear that term used a lot.
Okay, before jumping onto job search sites and throwing your CV at the wall hoping it will stick it is important that you understand the roles, the skills, the qualifications and training available to you to land your perfect role for you within the UK Nuclear Industry - have the ability to meet the vetting requirements? Then there is a role for you!
However, to be sucessful in finding that perfect role you need to demonstrate that you are a Suitably Qualified and Experienced Person (SQEP) - you'll hear that term used a lot.
Project Management and Controls - there are many roles within this function that have commonalities with other industries and have transferrable skills. It is usual that nuclear experience is desirable, but not essential and with the nuclear new build (NNB) scope of work comprising of 80% 'non-nuclear work' there are ample opportunties for Project Managers, Project Engineers, Project Administrators, Project Control Managers, Project Planners and Costs Engineers to get into nuclear.
Engineering - a broad function covering many areas of expertise from safety case writing, to radiological studies, to CFD modelling, to mechanical engineering, stress analysis, design for manufacture and many many more. If you have any background in any engineer works in the past this function is probably the most likely for you to get into nuclear.
Procurement - the UK Nuclear Industry is made up numerous tiers of companies of all shapes and sizes which deliver all of the variety of projects with the industry. This brings the need for the majority, if not all, companies to establish and manage a supply chain which involves such tasks as negotiating the commercial terms and conditions, drafting non-disclosure agreements, managing existing and building new relationships to name but a few. This function is transferable from other industries and is much more driven on the competancies and qualities of the individual who is looking for a role.
Manufacturing - many manufacturing processes are undertaken within the UK Nuclear Industry from machining of material, to welding, assembley, polishing, cleaning ... the list goes on. There is a broad range of manufactured items each with a broad range of quality requirements which need to be met dependant on the function and location of the finished article. Any manufacturing experience and this function is that one that you need to be exploring to get into nuclear.
Site Works - there are numerous nuclear sites in the UK at the moment with a number of additional sites earmarked for the Nuclear New Builds (NNB). Each site has thousands of site workers with differing skill sets depending upon the operations and status of the site. The NNB's are expected to generate the requirement for over 60,000 site works over the next 10 years. If you have experience of working on a construction or works site this is the function you need to be investigating to get into nuclear.
Quality Control and Assurance - quality in the UK Nuclear Industry is of the utmost importance, for obvious reasons when you consider the consequences of something going wrong! There is much attention given to quality through the lifecycle of any nuclear project from documentation to physcial inspection. It is more often than not a requirement that you have experience of working in the nuclear industry when looking for roles but this is changing rapidly due to the dwiddling resource pool and increased requirements for workers.
Health, Safety and Environmental - HSE is the number one priority in any industry today and this is no different in the UK Nuclear Industry - infact even more so due to the fact that it is not just conventional safety that needs to be considered but radiological safety also. There are vast roles to fufill within this function with roles suited for many based on a broad range of skills and experience that can be brought to the particular role. Any experience in working within a heavily HSE and regulated industry is a good start for you to get into nuclear via this function.
Administration - from Personal Assistants to Admin Support each and every company within the UK Nuclear Industry has numerous adminstration staff that can often be the most important people in the office or on site as they are relied upon to schedule key dates in the diary, manage travel, research information and basically manage the day-to-day tasks that leave the workforce able to go about their work. If you have drive with an appitude you can get into nuclear by looking a roles and opportunites within this function.
Information Technology - IT is the backbone of any industry and this is no different than within the UK Nuclear Industry. Many companies within the nuclear industry outsource their IT Department but many remain in-house which leaves ample opportunity to bag a role. The major considerations outside of the norm is security of the information that companies store and work with, particular if working in the defence industry, some sectors of the decommissioning industry and the 'nuclear workings' of the NNB. If IT is your thing we're sure that the is a great chance that you can get into nuclear.
Business Development and Sales Management - there are a broad range of 'sales' roles dependant upon the size of the company that you will be working with. This function encompases identification of opportunities within the UK Nuclear Industry and beyond, forming relationships with customers and suppliers alike and forming alliances where applicable. There will also be the requirement to bid for any work that is of interest to your particular company which involves the management of a number of multi-disciplined resources to produce that winning tender. Nuclear experience is always preferred but is definely not essential for you to get into nuclear within this function.