Types of Jobs
The nuclear industry is not only for people in lab coats holding test tubes. There is a vast range of roles available, which cover many skills and experience. If you can meet the vetting requirements, there is a good chance of a position for you.
It is essential that you understand the roles, skills, qualifications, and training available to land a Nuclear Industry role. Rather than advise that you do a web search, we have compiled a list of standard job functions below to give you a quick overview of the list of career options with the skills utilised across the nuclear industry.
Read the job type overviews, click and read more detail on the specific roles before heading back to the Career Hub and putting your career plan in place. Graduates, high school students, sector jumpers, people looking to work part-time - the nuclear industry has roles for all of you.
Types of Nuclear Jobs
Types of Project Management jobs - the Project Manager is the single point of contact on the client/customer-facing side and the single point of accountability on the business/delivery aspects of the work. They are responsible for the ultimate success of the project.
"Project Manager" is a loose term at the best of times, and it is probably more loosely used in the UK Nuclear Industry than any other due to the extensive range of work. You will find the job title "Project Manager" can be easily interchangeable with Project Engineer, Sub-Project Manager and Project Lead. Varying responsibilities from managing a £10k tooling job to a £100m decommissioning project - the candidate for both these roles may have the same job title; however, the skill set required to fulfil the position can be very different.
So how do you know when looking at potential opportunities which ones are for you? We have tried numerous ways but continue to find that the best way is to search existing live roles; you can see these at our nuclear job board.
We will be providing further posts that offer more information on the qualifications and experience required to get into nuclear as a project manager and provide links to live roles and training courses applicable to the position. If you subscribe to our mailing list below, will email you as these go live.
Types of Engineering Jobs - 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.
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.
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.
Types of Project Controls jobs - the Project Controls Manager is responsible for project monitoring, providing the project manager, the client, and senior management with information on the scope, progress, costs and forecast completion, and ultimate spending while actively managing project risks. Typically, the PCM has a team of resources to help manage all of their responsibilities, such as a Project Planner, Cost Engineer and Risk Practitioner. This support may or may not be centrally pooled resources via a Project Management Office (PMO).
A Project Controls Manager is quite a senior role, and you usually tend to find that they have been part of the project controls team as one of the critical resources above for some time. A PCM would have experience in detailed reporting, managing, and dealing with the function's demands.
We will be providing posts in the future that will detail the qualifications and experience required to get into nuclear as a PCM. If you subscribe to our mailing list below, will email you as these go live.
Project Planner - a Project Planner is responsible for managing the project schedule, monitoring progress, and forecasting future work to manage resource requirements and schedule any upcoming review points or delivery milestone dates.
A project planner will be a planning software practitioner, e.g. Primavera or Microsoft Project (MSP). There are many courses available to develop your skills and have the relevant qualifications to demonstrate that you can drive the software. Excel is also a much-used application for either creating spreadsheets used to manage a schedule of activities or to link directly to the project plan.
Cost Engineer - responsible for dealing with all things related to cost on the project. The Cost Engineers create the project budgets based on the team's estimates, analysing the spending to date and forecast to go, dealing with cash flow, payment applications, monitoring timesheets, and making accruals. The perfect role for someone who loves a spreadsheet!
Experience requirements vary depending upon the role, from being literate with Microsoft Excel to someone who has experience working on more complex systems such as SAP.
Risk Practitioner - a specific role for a Risk Practitioner is typical in most larger companies and on most of the more significant projects. You may find that the project management community manages the risk process in a smaller organisation (to varying success, it must be said).
A Risk Practitioner is quite a specialist role. Numerous training courses allow you to transition from similar positions in other industries, identifying and managing project risks throughout a project's lifecycle.
NB- there is no reason why someone could not fulfil a number of these roles. Particularly the Planner and Costie roles have very similar skill sets. It is, however, very rarely acknowledged by companies in the industry that this is possible. As such, you will tend only to find a position for one of the above, i.e. a project will tend to require a cost engineer and a planner.
Types of Manufacturing Jobs - manufacturing encompasses all of the processes that bring to life a design using materials, equipment, tools and manpower to produce a finished product.
This may sound like any mundane manufacturing facility. You may be forgiven for thinking this but we are talking about manufacturing for the UK nuclear industry so the products that you will be manufacturing can range from a tool supporting refuelling of the current fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, a test rig for a nuclear waste carrying flask or a heat exchanger to be used in a reactor primary core.
The manufacturing function can be divided into many different roles but for ease when deciding whether there is a role for you in the nuclear industry we can split the function into three main areas being management, manufacturing engineering and operations.
All the tasks are associated with planning, organising, controlling, monitoring the manufacturing process. Manufacturing Management also encompasses the recruiting and training of the required resources to deliver to time, costs and quality.
All the work from analysing the detailed design to developing the manufacturing methodology, process flow, plant layout and any required tooling all comes under the remit of manufacturing engineering.
The manufacturing operations process includes receipt of materials, machining, fabrication, assembly, testing and commissioning. All of this is supported throughout with quality control inspection which is the key differentiator of manufacturing in the UK Nuclear Industry due to the increase in the quality requirement through documentation, non-destructive testing and additional testing and commissioning requirements.
Okay, so where do you go from here?
Depending upon your current qualification, skills and experience you may be in a position to apply right for a job immediately or find out more about the training courses available. To find out where you sit in the scheme of things we'll be following this post up with a skills matrix for you to assess your chances of a job in manufacturing in the UK Nuclear Industry.
Types of Procurement Jobs - the lifeblood of the UK Nuclear Industry is the ability of all of the different companies to be able to do business with each other daily. Be that from utilising a local bus company's services to provide a park-and-ride service for a licensed nuclear site, the purchase of stainless steel for the manufacture of transport flasks or the procurement of a multi-billion pound EPC multi-year contract.
So what roles are there available to you in the UK nuclear industry if you are interested in getting a role in procurement?
Buyer, Procurement Manager, Procurement Specialist, Commercial Manager, Contracts Manager are the roles you will find in any job search that you undertake with the words "nuclear procurement". Even if you decipher the job title you are interested in, one company's Contracts Manager is another company's Buyer; this can make the whole process complicated and confusing.
The best approach is to consider what skills and experience you have and hone your search in on the jobs roles and responsibilities rather than the job titles.
The international gold standard for procurement specialists is the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). You will see many of the more senior roles looking for candidates to be members with the designation MCIPS after their names. This requirement with specific experience of working within the particular job segment, e.g. nuclear submarines, nuclear cranes, EPC contract management, will put you at the front of the queue when applying for many senior roles.
However, GetIntoNuclear aims to drag the nuclear industry into the 21st century. One of the main ways that the industry needs to do this to meet the increase in demand for resources is to broaden the scope of skills and experience accepted into the UK Nuclear Industry. If you have worked in a shop and had to undertake inventory control, there is no reason why you cannot manage the spares strategy for a filter changing machine within an EPR NPP. Suppose you have worked in a sales role in the past. In that case, there is no reason why you cannot pursue a career in supply chain development and look to source new suppliers into the industry by introducing them to the benefits of entering a new market. If you have previously completed an A-Level in IT, there is no reason why you cannot embark on a career in sourcing the latest firewall software to help protect the CA information held by the MoD.
Okay, maybe we laboured on a little, but now we have made our point. What do you do now?
If you feel that you are ready to apply for a role today, click here to find nuclear procurement roles.
If you feel you have the skills and experience but are unsure which way to go, contact us for further info on the different nuclear procurement roles.
If you feel that you need to up-skill and undertake some training, contact us to find specific training for nuclear procurement roles.
If you feel that procurement is not the role for you, go back to the Job Functions to find information on all of the positions available to you within the UK nuclear industry.
Types of Quality Control and Assurance jobs - next to safety, quality within the nuclear industry is of paramount importance and, in many ways, differentiates the UK atomic industry from many other sectors. Quality has inextricably linked the safety. You will often hear the terms EHSQ, QHSE and other derivatives of Health, Safety, Quality and Environment to designate a single function.
The time, effort, and skills that go into ensuring the quality of anything produced for the industry is the main reason why the costs of projects in the sector have tended to increase, and the duration's extend. This can be analysed in two ways; firstly, there is the need to ensure that quality is inherent in anything that is used in the industry - we do not want to question the integrity of a stainless steel section of a grapple that is carrying a 55te flask that is holding raw nuclear material! Secondly, conversely, the industry of late is being challenged more and more to question some of the onerous quality requirements to reduce lead times and costs of projects.
It should be noted here that none of these challenges is to the detriment of the overall integrity of the solution being provided. Quality is something that the UK Nuclear Industry is world-class and should be very proud of and should never be put into disrepute.
So, what roles are there available in the UK nuclear industry? This is easiest understood by breaking the function down into two distinct areas Quality Assurance and Quality Control.
Quality Assurance Jobs in the UK Nuclear Industry
Roles include Quality Assurance Manager (or just Quality Manager) and derivatives of Quality Engineer. Other key roles include documentation engineer and lift-time quality records clerk.
To give you a flavour, a recent advertisement for a Quality Manager listed the responsibilities of the role as being "able to manage the entire Quality Management lifecycle, leading, training, directing, driving teams of commercial and engineering professionals with the required skills and experience of having a proven QMS background, the experience of implementing risk assessments, HSE, quality and safety-related project plans with a degree in relevant engineering subject with an industry recognised quality accreditation." Sector (nuclear) experience is also listed as crucial here.
Job advertisements such as this may make you feel like running for the hills and is, on many occasions, the reason why many nuclear projects find difficulties when trying to recruit. However, if you break this down, you need a degree and/or relevant quality accreditation(s) with previous experience and knowledge. If you are confident that a manager role is for you, you'll already tick these boxes. The last point of note is the specific nuclear experience - this is covered in a separate post but is assured that this is not a stumbling block to landing the role; if it is, the UK Nuclear Industry will come to a standstill as there is too much work with not enough Suitably Qualified and Experienced People (SQEP) around.
In comparison, a Quality Engineering role advertised at the time of writing is describing the role as one that "works directly for the Quality Manager to analyse customer requirements, review and check quality records for customer end of manufacturing report, the experience of concession management, a compilation of EoMR, creation of MITPs, writing of QAP, manage document submissions to customer." Again reference is made to previous nuclear experience being "ideal".
Not as onerous as requirements as the Quality Manager for apparent reasons and again previous experience doing similar work even in a different industry will put you in with an excellent chance to land the role - do not be put off by the nuclear experience.
Quality Control Jobs in the UK Nuclear Industry
Roles revolve around:
Verifying material certification
Production and approval of Welding Procedures and Welder Qualifications
Inspection during the manufacturing phase and production of supporting documentation
NDT procedure and qualification verification
Final dispatch inspection before releasing of an item
Job advertisements will look for knowledge and experience as required for the above roles and potentially more project-specific experience dependant upon the type of work and sometimes the customer as many have their quality requirements that are to be met on any job to be performed.
All of the above roles are required if other industries in the UK outside of the nuclear industry have many transferrable skills. Minimum requirements for the positions are usually - but will differ depending upon the work - HNC/HND or degree level education, ISO9001:2008 training or working towards. Ideally, you'd be an associate or member of the Chartered Quality Institute. As discussed in other posts, nuclear sector experience will always be cited as ideal, but this is no reason to be put off in applying for roles, particularly if you tick all of the other boxes above.
Graduate Quality Engineer Jobs in the UK Nuclear Industry
We are starting to see more and more key companies looking to recruit graduates to bring in early and train up as part of a chartered CGI scheme to try and redress the balance with the issues associated with the current number of SQEP resources in the industry.
The pre-requisites for being able to apply for and gain a place on the grade schemes include having at least a 2:2 BEng (Hons), MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) in Civil or Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Quality Management or similar related discipline, experience within an engineering or construction environment and eligibility to work and live permanently in the UK. Don't be put off if you have zero experience, as this is a graduate role after all.
Types of Site Works Jobs - there are numerous roles required to be filled to construct and run a nuclear site. Many of these roles will require various levels of security vetting depending upon the location of the work and the classification of the site at the time of the works. Vetting is covered separately in another post; this post will - in Get Into Nuclear style - simplify the array of jobs available by organising them into three categories:
Construction opportunities within the UK Nuclear Industry.
Construction opportunities in the UK nuclear industry have been limited since the completion of the current fleet of nuclear new builds around 20 years ago.
There has and continues to be construction work on the existing sites Nuclear Power Plants (NPP), Decommissioning projects and ongoing Defence work. This, however, remains quite a closed arena due to the sensitivity of the work and the licensing of the sites - check out our posts on vetting in the industry and jobs by location to see if there are opportunities local to you.
This is all about the change and at the time of writing the industry is on the cusp of entering an unprecedented era with a peak demand of 17,000 construction workers required on the Nuclear New Builds (NNB) alone*. If is expected that particular demand will be placed on concreters, rebar fixers and scaffolders.
Commissioning opportunities in the UK Nuclear Industry.
Commissioning is a requirement of all nuclear licence sites as part of Licence Conditions (LC's) set out by the Office for Nuclear Regulators (ONR). Commissioning is undertaken in a phased approach with approval of the previous phase before commencing work on the next phase. The aim of commissioning is to verify the plant performs in the way expected of the designer and aligns with the assumptions made in the safety case.
As an example of the work available a recent role description for the commissioning engineer on an existing nuclear licence site lists the main purpose of the role as:
A Member of a multi-disciplined team to carry out testing activities in a safe and effective manner.
Has the ability to lead a designated area, system or discipline.
To work with and provide support to commissioning colleagues and personnel involved in other disciplines
To achieve accurate recording of test results in an auditable manner to satisfy internal and external auditors.
To support the Commissioning Team Leader / Commissioning Manager.
To comply with the Commissioning Framework & Supporting Procedures.
To comply with the client practices and local arrangements.
Operator opportunities in the UK Nuclear Industry.
There are currently 15 nuclear reactors generating electricity in the UK and numerous more decommissioning and defence sites each with a number of operators undertaking numerous of operations on a daily basis.
You could be forgiven for thinking that these roles are currently filled and with the nuclear new builds (NNB's) replacing the existing fleet there is no need for further operators in the UK Nuclear Industry. To some certain extent, you are correct in that the total number of operators is not set to increase exponentially over the coming years and with operations of the first NNB being expected in 2023 it is potentially quite a while before new operators are needed.
The opportunity lies in the demographic and skill set of the current workforce - especially on the nuclear power plants (NPP's). It is no secret that the UK Nuclear Industry has an ageing workforce and there are many opportunities to be had as this workforce starts to retire. This is equally compounded by the fact that all of the current NNP's, bar one, are AGRs. Nuclear technology has moved on and the new reactors will be a mix of EPR, AP1000, ABWR and CPR meaning that the current nuclear operators will not necessarily but in a better position to secure future roles than newcomers to the industry.
Types of Administration Jobs - from Personal Assistants to Admin Support, every company within the UK Nuclear Industry has numerous administration staff. They can often be the most influential people in the office or work site. They are relied upon to schedule critical dates in the diary, manage travel, research information, and manage the day-to-day tasks that leave the workforce able to go about their work. If you have the drive to learn, you can get into nuclear by looking for roles and opportunities within this function.
This is probably the area of work that has the most transferable skills from other industries. Like most industries, organisations within the UK Nuclear Industry whether organised in a functional or project structure cannot function without the support of administration staff. It is often that the first member of staff that meets you at reception and is the person that makes the whole office tick!
There are many roles available in all organisations, within each project and within most locations which make your chances of landing an administration role fantastic. The largest differentiator from other industries is the additional vetting requirements that are applicable when looking for a job in the UK Nuclear Industry. The vetting requirements will vary based on company, role, location and current work being undertaken. You can find our guide to vetting in the nuclear industry in the UK is part of another post on the site.
Key skills for a project administrator as highlighted in a live job at the time of writing are:
Computer Literate with a good understanding of MS Word and Excel
Ideal but not essential, the experience of using SAGE software
English and Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
NVQ Level 3 in business administration would be advantageous
Good telephone manner
Confident and articulate with a good sense of humour
Organised, tidy minded person
A likewise advertisement for the Personal Assistant in the industry listed the skill required as:
Good organisational skills (flexible/organised/methodical)
Ability to work independently and be proactive
Excellent communication/interpersonal skills notably with various levels of the organisation and externally
The ability to work as an integral part of a team contributing to team success, communications and a positive working environment
Flexible approach with the ability to multi-task and work on own initiative
Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint to a high standard
Previous team support experience
Discretion - confidentiality when dealing with sensitive information
Attention to detail
General administrative/secretarial knowledge-producing professional work as well as the ability to adapt to new and changing systems (and possibly creating systems)
Use of Outlook or similar diary/email application
Working knowledge of SAP and ability to raise requisitions, desirable
Previous experience in the energy industry is desirable
NB- an additional thing to note here is that the ability to communicate in another language; particularly French or Chinese is becoming more and more prevalent due to the increase of multi-national consortiums entering the nuclear industry in the UK.
Types of Health, Safety and Environmental - HSE is the number one priority in any industry today, and this is no different in the Nuclear Industry. Even more so, as it is not just conventional safety but radiological safety also that needs to be considered. There are a vast number of roles to fulfil within this function. The profession covers a broad range of skills and experience. Any experience in working within a heavily HSE and regulated industry is a good start for you to get into nuclear via this function.
You are probably most likely to have come across someone who works in a nuclear safety role if you have ever watched Homer Simpson in an episode of The Simpsons. This depiction could not be further from the truth and all employees in the UK nuclear industry - in particular HSE workers - are of the utmost integrity and are the most professional of people you will ever come across. If you do find yourself in such a role it is something to be proud of.
Okay so let's look at the profile of an HSE co-ordinator within the nuclear sector:
You will know your way around a computer and have a good knowledge of Microsoft Office (particularly Word and Excel). It is important that you have excellent communication skills and have previous management experience or demonstrate the ability to be able to lead people. Previous experience of HSE in the nuclear sector or similar industries will be a major advantage.
On top of this having experience in developing Safety Cases and Safety Case Reports, dealing with Inspectors, Regulators and Auditors, previous experience in conducting Risk Assessments and Fault Tree Analysis and managing a Corrective Action program will put you in a great position to land a role.
The below is a list of some of the qualifications and accreditations that will enable you to stand out from the ground and improve your chances of landing that perfect role:
NEBOSH Diploma/Certificate or equivalent
NEBOSH Construction Certificate
ISO14001 Environmental Management
Lead Auditor certification – Environmental & H&S (Recognised by IRCA/IEMA)
Business Development and Sales Management - there is a broad range of 'sales' roles available in nuclear. The types of positions will depend upon the size of the company with which you will be working. This function encompasses identifying 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 company. The bidding process involves the management of several multi-disciplined resources to produce that winning tender. Nuclear experience is always preferred but is not essential for you to get into nuclear within this function.
Okay, firstly you may be asking why are sales needed within the UK Nuclear Industry? In fact, there are many sales jobs within the industry that revolve around three categories:
Sales / Business Development Management;
Account / Product Management;
These categories of roles all revolve around the sales process of successfully winning work within the UK Nuclear Industry. The sales process in the nuclear industry can be lengthy affair months and even years in some instances. Due to the nature of the work and particularly the barriers to entry into the sector much work is put in at the front end of the process trying to successfully progress through the PQQ (Pre-Qualification Questionnaire) stage in which companies who would like to tender for work demonstrate the capability and capacity to be able to deliver the work. Successfully de-selected companies who make it through the PQQ stage are provided with an ITT (Invitation to Tender) and are invited to prepare a proposal to deliver the work.
Prior to this stage, most companies employ a Sales Manager or Business Development Manager to engage with potential customers and network with potential collaborators and competitors within the market. The day-to-day activities attributable to these roles is dependant upon the size, capability and tier (see below) of the company you will be working for.
You will need to be an energetic highly motivated person who enjoys building and developing relationships with potentially very professional, senior and influential people in the industry. You will pretty much certainly need to be able to drive and, in a lot of cases, will spend much of your time travelling up and down the country and potentially travelling overseas. This is a very challenging but rewarding role for the right person. If you are a person from outside of the industry this is definitely not a blocker to successfully landing yourself a role as although you will need to be quick to learn your specific business and market the detailed technical discussions can be lead by you subject matter experts (SME's) in your company. You need to make the initial exchange and arrange the follow-up further detailed discussion. Also, the nuclear vetting requirements are applicable and will vary depending upon the business, role and location.
Account Management / Product Management
Once the initial contact has been made, an opportunity for further discussion is agreed and arranged the BDM can hand it over to the Account or Product Manager. An Account Manager is responsible for the specific relationship with a customer (e.g. Sellafield Ltd) or sector (e.g. Decommissioning) and manages all relationships within the 'account' once an opportunity has been identified. Conversely, a Product Manager is responsible for a specific product (e.g. hydraulic manipulator) or function (e.g. mechanical handling) and manages the 'product' horizontally across all of the different accounts within a business.
As with the BDM, you will need to be a motivated, driven individual who is good at developing relationships but to build on this you will need to have a much more in-depth knowledge of your 'account' or 'product' to be able to sell the benefits to the customer influencing them to consider working with you. This culminates in an invitation to tender for work via a Request for Quotation (RFQ) or for larger contracts via successfully getting through the PQQ phase and receiving an ITT. As with the BDM the ability and drive and meet the vetting requirements are a must.
Once an ITT is received it is then over to a Tendering / Proposal Manager to pull the offer together which is proposed to the customer. Dependant upon the size of tender this could be anything from a £200 bracket with a response time of 1 day, to a £30,000 'tool' with a response turn around of 3 weeks to a £10m encapsulation plant with a response return required within 3 months or £1b full solution EPC (Engineer, Procure, Construct) contract with a tender period of 12 months+.
The roles within the tendering team can therefore massively vary dependant on the project being tendered for. The role of the Tendering Manager is to bring together the correct group of people to pull together the winning offer to the customer whilst respecting the price to tender budget laid out by upper management. The role of the tendering manager in larger organisations can be very similar to the role of a project manager.
To be a successful Tendering Manager you will need to be a highly motivated and organised person who is driven to meet deadlines and happy to lead and motivate a team to achieve success. Although you do not need the qualification associated with gaining a role in Project Management a lot of the traits and attitudes are the same. The ability to drive may not be a must here but will definitely help and of course, the usual vetting requirements are applicable.
To support all of the above there is much work that is needed to be done in the background to ensure things run smoothly. This involves travel arrangements, organisation of brochures and marketing materials, administration of customer relationship databases, organising of senior management approval meetings and any one of the million-and-one tasks and challenges encountered during the day.
To get yourself a role as a sales / tendering co-ordinator/assistant you will need to have a base skill level of working with all of the major computer software (MS Office, Outlook) and the ability to quickly learn and adapt to company-specific systems and processes (e.g. CRM). You will need to be organised and helpful with the ability to multi-task. Vetting requirements are applicable here depending upon the work that you will be dealing with.
Types of Information Technology Jobs - IT is the backbone of any industry, and this is no different within the Nuclear Industry. Some companies outsource their IT Department, but many remain in-house. This leaves ample opportunity to bag a role. The significant considerations outside of the norm are the security of the information companies store and work with. This is more common if working within the defence industry, some decommissioning projects, and the 'nuclear workings' of a nuclear power plant build. If IT is your thing, with the right educational requirements, we're sure that there is a great chance that you can get into nuclear.
Get Into IT ...
As with all of our information here at Get Into Nuclear the aim is to not re-invent the wheel if all of the information is already out there but to provide a route for you to easily locate, understand and more importantly take action to find yourself your dream role in one of the most exciting industries in the world at this moment in time.
With this in mind for a brief overview and some key guidance in a couple of posts from totaljobs.com all around How to get into IT and IT industry job descriptions to give you a brief overview of the Information Technology arena, the roles available and the skills and qualifications that would be required to land a role:
It's also worth heading over to prospects.ac.uk and have a look at their information technology section which has a look of info on the sectors, the jobs, the training and course available to you.
Get Into Nuclear ...
Now that you have it nailed which part of the IT field you fit into your need to consider how you can apply these skills to the nuclear industry.
Firstly, a big requirement that you need to satisfy is the added vetting that is apparent within the nuclear industry - this is covered in a separate post. Depending upon the type of work, the company, the customer and the location so the works there will be varying levels of vetting and you will need to be able to satisfy these to land a role within the industry.
Additionally, it should also be noted that security within the UK nuclear industry is very stringent and is probably set to become even more so. Experience of work in industries that have similar security issues and have strong governance in place will ensure that you stand out from the crowd.
At the time of writing when searching "nuclear information technology" on one of the major recruiting sites the first three jobs you'll find are:
IT Manager, IT Support Technician and IT Security Officer. Each of these has differing roles and responsibilities for obvious reasons but the key differentiating requirements for the role for a similar role in a different industry are any specific experience surrounding the roles e.g. the particular companies system or processes and any specific vetting requirements.
Where to go from here ...
This is all dependant upon your current qualifications, skills and experience: if you have extensive experience of working in the IT function but not necessarily in the UK Nuclear Industry you can check out our jobs page to find out what roles are going at this moment in time or search out Where To Find Jobs In Nuclear page.
If you have limited experience and are just starting out you can still check out the current jobs page and have a look at the work available in the industry and also the associated salaries as this make be the deciding factor if you want to pursue a career down this path.