Will “Nuclear Power Reactor Operators” be Replaced By Robots? 🤔
95% Chance of Automation
“Nuclear Power Reactor Operators” will almost certainly be replaced by robots.
This job is ranked #614 out of #702, where higher means 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
Also Known As…
- 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 Power Reactor Operators”
- Participate in nuclear fuel element handling activities, such as preparation, transfer, loading, or unloading.
- Note malfunctions of equipment, instruments, or controls and report these conditions to supervisors.
- Review and edit standard operating procedures.
- Respond to system or unit abnormalities, diagnosing the cause, and recommending or taking corrective action.
- Monitor or operate boilers, turbines, wells, or auxiliary power plant equipment.
- 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.
- Direct measurement of the intensity or types of radiation in work areas, equipment, or materials.
- Implement operational procedures, such as those controlling start-up or shut-down activities.
- Record operating data, such as the results of surveillance tests.
- Adjust controls to position rod and to regulate flux level, reactor period, coolant temperature, or rate of power flow, following standard procedures.
- Direct reactor operators in emergency situations, in accordance with emergency operating procedures.
- Dispatch orders or instructions to personnel through radiotelephone or intercommunication systems to coordinate auxiliary equipment operation.
- Authorize maintenance activities on units or changes in equipment or system operational status.
- Direct the collection and testing of air, water, gas, or solid samples to determine radioactivity levels or to ensure appropriate radioactive containment.
- Operate nuclear power reactors in accordance with policies and procedures to protect workers from radiation and to ensure environmental safety.
- Develop or implement actions such as lockouts, tagouts, or clearances to allow equipment to be safely repaired.
- Conduct inspections or operations outside of control rooms as necessary.
- Identify or direct implementation of appropriate decontamination procedures, based on equipment and the size, nature, and type of contamination.
- Authorize actions to correct identified operational inefficiencies or hazards so that operating efficiency is maximized and potential environmental issues are minimized.
- 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.
Related Technology & Tools
- Nuclear plant hazard alarm systems
- Safety gloves
- Level transmitters
- Generator control panels
- Water softeners
- Pocket dosimeters
- Leak detection equipment
- pH testers
- Water samplers
- Pipe camera inspection systems
- Water deionization equipment
- Radiation monitoring instruments
- Cooling towers
- Air monitoring equipment
- Portal monitors
- Radiation survey meters
- Desktop computers
- Master-slave manipulators
- Fuel handling systems
- Area gamma monitors
- Air compressors
- Ventilation systems
- Personal computers
- Seismic monitoring instruments
- Control rod drives
- Water conductivity testers
- Water recirculation pumps
- Power plant turbine control panels
- Air purifying respirators
- Nuclear reactor control rod operation systems
- Air sample collection equipment
- Portable two way radios
- Protective shoe covers
- Automatic control systems
- Safety coveralls
- Video borescopes
- Spent fuel handling machines
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Office
- Microsoft Access
- Data logging software
- Plant information data entry software