Nuclear Jobs By Functions
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, then there is a good chance that there is a role for you.
It is essential that you understand the roles, skills, qualifications, and training available to land a Nuclear Industry role. We have compiled a list of standard job functions below to give you a quick overview of the range of positions and 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.
Nuclear Job Types
Project Management and Project Controls - many roles within this function have commonalities with other industries. As such, there is opportunity for you to utilise your transferrable skills. Usually, nuclear experience is desirable, but it is by no means essential. In fact, the NSSG forecast that to build a new nuclear power plant, 80% of the workers can be classed as 'non-nuclear. There are ample opportunities for Project Managers, Project Engineers, Project Administrators, Project Control Managers, Project Planners and Costs Engineers to get into nuclear.
Procurement - the UK Nuclear Industry is made up of numerous companies of all shapes and sizes. Access to many diverse companies allows the industry to deliver a wide variety of projects. This brings the need for nuclear companies to establish and manage a supply chain. Procurement involves negotiating commercial terms and conditions, drafting non-disclosure agreements, managing old and building new relationships and many others. The skills needed to be a success in this function are transferable from other industries. The successful job applicant will need to demonstrate the competencies and qualities of an individual suited to the industry's role and complex nature.
Site Works - there are numerous nuclear sites worldwide, with additional sites earmarked for the Nuclear New Builds (NNB). Each site has thousands of site workers with differing skill sets depending upon the site's operations and status. The NNB's will generate the requirement for over 60,000 site workers in the UK alone over the next ten years. If you have experience working on a construction or works site, this is the function you need to be investigating.
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.
Information Technology - IT is the backbone of any industry, and this is no different within the UK 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 is security of the information that 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, we're sure that there is a great chance that you can 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 more. If you have an engineering background, there are many opportunities for you to get into nuclear. Nuclear experience should not be a barrier to entry here. However, you need to bring out your transferrable skills firmly in your resume or CV.
Manufacturing - many manufacturing processes are undertaken within the Nuclear Industry. Machining, welding, assembly, polishing, and cleaning are all part of nuclear projects' manufacturing phase. There is a need for a broad range of manufactured items across nuclear projects, with each having specific quality requirements dependant on the finished article's function and location. Any manufacturing experience in a quality-controlled environment will put you in a position to get into nuclear.
Quality Control and Assurance - quality in the 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 any nuclear project's lifecycle, from documentation to physical inspection. It is often a requirement that you have experience working in the nuclear industry when applying for roles. But this is changing rapidly due to the dwindling resource pool and increased demand for workers.
Administration - 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 with an aptitude to learn, you can get into nuclear by looking for roles and opportunities within this function.
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.