Nuclear Jobs By Functions
Okay, let’s take a minute 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 help you land a role within the UK Nuclear Industry. However, in general if you can meet the vetting requirements - then there is a good chance that there is a role for you!!
Nuclear Job Types
Project Management and Controls - there are many roles within this function that have commonalities with other industries. As such, there is opportunity for you to utilise your transferrable skills. It is usual that 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 will 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.
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 any background in any engineering works in the past this function is probably the most likely for you to get into nuclear. Again, nuclear experience should not be a barrier to entry here. However, you need to bring out your transferrable skills in your CV.
Procurement - the UK Nuclear Industry is made up of numerous companies of all shapes and sizes. The access to many diverse companies allows for the industry to deliver a wide variety of projects. This brings the need for the majority, if not all companies to establish and manage a supply chain. This involves such tasks as negotiating commercial terms and conditions, drafting non-disclosure agreements, managing old and building new relationships and many suchlike tasks. 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 role and complex nature of the industry.
Manufacturing - many manufacturing processes are undertaken within the UK Nuclear Industry from machining of material, to welding, assembly, polishing, cleaning ... the list goes on. There is a need for a broad range of manufactured items across nuclear projects. Each with specific quality requirements which need to be met dependant on the function and location of the finished article. Any manufacturing experience in a quality-controlled environment will put you in a position to get into nuclear.
Site Works - there are numerous nuclear sites in the UK now with several 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 workers 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. This is 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 physical inspection. It is often a requirement that you have experience of working in the nuclear industry when applying for roles. But this is changing rapidly due to the dwindling resource pool and increased requirements for workers.
Health, Safety and Environmental - HSE is the number one priority in any industry today. This is no different in the UK Nuclear Industry. In fact, even more so as it is not just conventional safety that needs to be considered but radiological safety also. There are a vast number of roles to fulfil within this function. The roles cover 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.
Administration - from Personal Assistants to Admin Support every company within the UK Nuclear Industry has numerous administration staff. They can often be the most important people in the office or on site. 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 the drive with an aptitude to learn you can get into nuclear by looking a roles and opportunities within 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 major considerations outside of the norm is security of the information that companies store and work with. This is more common if working in the defence industry, some decommissioning projects and the 'nuclear workings' of the NNB. If IT is your thing, we're sure that there is a great chance that you can get into nuclear.
Business Development and Sales Management - there are a broad range of 'sales' roles dependent upon the size of the company that you will be working with. This function encompasses 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 company. This involves the management of several multi-disciplined resources to produce that winning tender. Nuclear experience is always preferred but is definably not essential for you to get into nuclear within this function.