6 science-related degrees that can help you get into nuclear

1) Physics

There are lots of opportunities for physics graduates in the nuclear industry, from conducting scientific research to assisting with the nuts and bolts of designing nuclear reactors and decommissioning them.

2) Electrical engineering

With a degree in electrical engineering, you could be analysing instrumentation and control equipment; coming up with solutions to enable equipment to be operated for the life of a plant and coming up with designs for new equipment too.

3) Chemical engineering

Chemical engineering is another key degree sought after by the nuclear industry, with this under your belt you could build a career analysing and identify the vulnerabilities of nuclear systems and much more besides

4) Civil Engineering

With civil engineering qualifications you could forge a career in the nuclear industry working on many of the civil works aspects of nuclear power developments, like that at Hinkley Point C. There, civil engineers are working on the build of 8 Emergency Diesel Generators, a crucial aspect of the power stations overall construction.

5) Mechanical Engineering

As a mechanical engineer in the nuclear industry, you’d have opportunities to work on the design of complex components and equipment for the sector. You could be working on plant design or power system design, drawing on areas such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, structural mechanics and other disciplines.

6) Environmental Science

Opportunities also exist within the industry for environmental scientists, in fact evaluating the environmental impact and ensuring the safe operation of power stations couldn’t be more important. As an environmental scientist, you would be working to identify, control, or eliminate potential sources of pollutants or hazards affecting the environment or public health.

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Husband, Dad, Programme Manager in the Nuclear Industry | ex-pro rugby player, 4x Ironman finisher, ex-Bank Manager | getintonuclear.com

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Husband, Dad, Programme Manager in the Nuclear Industry | ex-pro rugby player, 4x Ironman finisher, ex-Bank Manager | getintonuclear.com