Will “Nuclear Unit Operator” be Replaced By Robots? 🤔
95% Chance of Automation
“Nuclear Unit Operator” will almost certainly be replaced by robots.
This job is ranked #614 out of #702. A higher ranking (i.e., a lower number) means the job is less likely to be replaced.
Operate or control nuclear reactors. Move control rods, start and stop equipment, monitor and adjust controls, and record data in logs. Implement emergency procedures when needed. May respond to abnormalities, determine cause, and recommend corrective action.
- The SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) code is 51-8011.00
- The Mean Annual Wage in the U.S. is $ 91,370.00
- The Mean Hourly Wage is $ 43.00
- Currently, there are 7,170 people on this job
☝️ Information based on the reference occupation “Nuclear Power Reactor Operators”.
Also Known As…
- Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
- Reactor Operator (RO)
- Nuclear Unit Operator
- Nuclear Supervising Operator (NSO)
- Nuclear Station Operator (NSO)
- Nuclear Reactor Operator
- Nuclear Power Reactor Operator
- Nuclear Plant Operator (NPO)
- Nuclear Control Room Operator
- Nuclear Control Operator
- Licensed Reactor Operator
- Unit Reactor Operator
- Senior Reactor Operator
- Power Reactor Operator
- Nuclear Power Plant Process Control Worker
- Nuclear Operator
- Nuclear Control Room Non-Licensed Operator
- Licensed Nuclear Control Room Operator
- Equipment Operator
- Control Room Supervisor
- Control Room Operator
- Control Room Agent
Tasks for “Nuclear Unit Operator”
- Adjust controls to position rod and to regulate flux level, reactor period, coolant temperature, or rate of power flow, following standard procedures.
- Operate nuclear power reactors in accordance with policies and procedures to protect workers from radiation and to ensure environmental safety.
- Direct measurement of the intensity or types of radiation in work areas, equipment, or materials.
- Direct the collection and testing of air, water, gas, or solid samples to determine radioactivity levels or to ensure appropriate radioactive containment.
- Implement operational procedures, such as those controlling start-up or shut-down activities.
- Authorize maintenance activities on units or changes in equipment or system operational status.
- Identify or direct implementation of appropriate decontamination procedures, based on equipment and the size, nature, and type of contamination.
- Supervise technicians' work activities to ensure that equipment is operated in accordance with policies and procedures that protect workers from radiation and ensure environmental safety.
- Conduct inspections or operations outside of control rooms as necessary.
- Participate in nuclear fuel element handling activities, such as preparation, transfer, loading, or unloading.
- Dispatch orders or instructions to personnel through radiotelephone or intercommunication systems to coordinate auxiliary equipment operation.
- Respond to system or unit abnormalities, diagnosing the cause, and recommending or taking corrective action.
- Monitor all systems for normal running conditions, performing activities such as checking gauges to assess output or the effects of generator loading on other equipment.
- Record operating data, such as the results of surveillance tests.
- Authorize actions to correct identified operational inefficiencies or hazards so that operating efficiency is maximized and potential environmental issues are minimized.
- Develop or implement actions such as lockouts, tagouts, or clearances to allow equipment to be safely repaired.
- Review and edit standard operating procedures.
- Monitor or operate boilers, turbines, wells, or auxiliary power plant equipment.
- Direct reactor operators in emergency situations, in accordance with emergency operating procedures.
- Note malfunctions of equipment, instruments, or controls and report these conditions to supervisors.
Related Technology & Tools
- Area gamma monitors
- Control rod drives
- Nuclear reactor control rod operation systems
- Air sample collection equipment
- Desktop computers
- Ventilation systems
- Safety coveralls
- Power plant turbine control panels
- Cooling towers
- Radiation survey meters
- Air compressors
- Protective shoe covers
- Personal computers
- Radiation monitoring instruments
- Safety gloves
- Pocket dosimeters
- Portal monitors
- Video borescopes
- Nuclear plant hazard alarm systems
- Air monitoring equipment
- Pipe camera inspection systems
- Water deionization equipment
- Level transmitters
- Spent fuel handling machines
- Seismic monitoring instruments
- Water samplers
- Generator control panels
- Fuel handling systems
- Master-slave manipulators
- Water recirculation pumps
- Water conductivity testers
- Automatic control systems
- Air purifying respirators
- Water softeners
- pH testers
- Portable two way radios
- Leak detection equipment
- Plant information data entry software
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Office
- Data logging software
- Microsoft Access