Nuclear Technician

Job Description:

Nuclear technicians maintain equipment and monitor radiation levels in nuclear power stations.

Job Category:

What you will do:

As a nuclear technician, you could:

  • find and fix faults
  • install new equipment and systems
  • monitor radiation levels at the power plant
  • run regular inspections and safety checks
  • work with staff on emergency procedures
  • remove equipment from power stations that have shut down


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • knowledge of physics
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • observation and recording skills (organisational skills)
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
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Entry Requirements:

To become a nuclear technician, specific subjects are not typically required. However, a strong educational background in science and mathematics can be highly beneficial in preparing for further education and training in this field. Here are some recommended subjects:

  1. Science: Science subjects such as Physics and Chemistry provide a strong foundation in the basic principles of science, which are essential for understanding nuclear processes and radiation.
  2. Mathematics: Mathematics is crucial for calculations, data analysis, and understanding quantitative aspects of nuclear technology and physics.
  3. English Language: Strong communication skills, including reading and writing, are important for documentation, reporting, and effective communication with colleagues and superiors.

While specific subjects are not mandatory, having a general education that includes science and mathematics can be advantageous in the nuclear field.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • nuclear engineering
  • electrical or electronic engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • physics

You can do a college course to learn some of the skills you’ll need to become a nuclear technician. UK Courses include:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Integrated Nuclear Engineering and Science
  • Level 3 Diploma in Maintenance Engineering Technology
  • Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Nuclear Engineering

To become a nuclear technician, you can do a Nuclear Technician Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship.

You can also start a Maintenance and Operations Engineering Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship then get further training on the job to work in nuclear facilities.

Working Hours and Environment:

Typically you could work 37 – 42 hours a week, occasionally including nights or weekends.

You could work at a power station, at a research facility or in a laboratory.

Your working environment may be humid.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could become a:

  • maintenance shift supervisor
  • radiation safety adviser
  • nuclear engineer

You could also use your skills to move into other engineering or power industries. You could work with other types of radiation equipment in hospitals, maintaining radiotherapy and medical imaging equipment.