A Career in Nuclear Engineering
16 Jan. 2018
16 Jan. 2018
Nuclear Engineerings concept is quite new but its theoretical foundation rests with the
ancient Greeks. In the Fifth century a philosopher hypothesized the building blocks of all matter
he named them atoms which means indivisible. In the early 1800’s a chemist and physicist
named John Dalton revised the atomic theory which leads to more research about the atom. The
first atom was split in 1938 by German chemists confirming when the atom was split it produced
constant energy. By the 1940’s the first Nuclear was built, Ten years later North Carolina
introduced one of the first Nuclear Engineering Programs, within 15 years the programs spread
throughout the world (“Nuclear Engineers”). As of 2016, 30 countries operate 444 Nuclear
Power plants and 63 more were under construction in 15 countries. In America, approximately
20% of the country’s electricity is generated from Nuclear Power Plants. Nuclear Engineering
contributes to the Medicine, manufacturing, and Agriculture branches. Nuclear Engineering
could be part of the greatest advancement of life.
New Nuclear engineers work under the supervision of experienced Engineers. In large
companies, new engineers may receive formal training in classrooms or seminars. As beginner
engineers gain knowledge and experience they move on to more difficult projects with less
supervision to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions (“Nuclear Power Plant
Engineer”). Being a more trained Nuclear Engineer the work options can vary to many different
things. Some of these things include development, design, fuel management safety, and basic
research (“Nuclear Engineer”). They design facilities, thermal and biological shields,
instrumentation, and safety control systems (“Nuclear Power Plant Engineers”). Employment of
Nuclear Engineers is projected to grow four percent from 2016 to 2026, which is slower than the
average for all the occupations. Employment is projected to decline in the electric generation but
projected to increase in research, development in engineering, scientific management, and in
consulting services (“Nuclear Engineers”). Nuclear Engineers develop many things that
contribute to research and advancement of life, but to do so they need to know how to.
A bachelor's degree is generally required for entry-level engineering jobs. Colleges
generally look for students with a well-built background in mathematics such as algebra,
geometry, trigonometry, and calculus, and sciences such as biology, chemistry, and physics.
Courses in English, social sciences, humanities, and computers are also required (“ Nuclear
Engineer”). The first two years of college are about the same for all engineering students.
Subjects include physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer courses, English, and social
sciences. In the final two or three years, stude...