The United States Navy leads the world in development and research into the uses for Nuclear power. Nuclear propulsion is used on Cruisers and Aircraft Carriers, as well as a variety of Nuclear Submarines. This is a highly competitive and specialized field, but one that has a lot of challenges and rewards associated with it. The Navy has the highest standards in the world for excellence, and because of this when it comes to dealing with science and Nuclear power they don’t mess around. Candidates for the Nuclear Power Specialist positions must have superior math and science ability, be someone that is very responsible, and someone that can work well under pressure. Science positions in this area include nuclear operation, and nuclear power generation. The Navy has the most comprehensive system of technical training for nuclear propulsion and nuclear energy anywhere on earth.
After boot camp you will attend about a full year of training for nuclear power issues. You will then be assigned to a nuclear power plant, located on a surface ship of some kind, or perhaps as part of the silent service, on board a submarine beneath the waves. You will be responsible for a number of duties having to do with the care and safe operation of a nuclear power reactor. Some of your duties may include:
-Monitoring and maintaining precise Nuclear reactor chemistry.
-Adjusting the reactor and nuclear power plant by direction.
-Maintaining and operating nuclear power systems.
-Use and operate radio equipment and sound powered phones to communicate with crewmembers.
-Operate precise radio satellite monitoring and communication equipment.
The rewards of gaining a position in the Nuclear Power Specialties are great. There is often Hazard duty or special duty pay, as well as sea pay. In addition most candidates that are involved in Nuclear power specialties qualify for some of the most lucrative enlistment and re enlistment bonuses that the Navy provides. The personnel that are trained for Nuclear Power plants and propulsion are very highly valued, and every effort is spend to make sure that they stay in the Navy due to their high level of training and expertise. Civilian jobs are numerous for those with Navy Nuclear Systems training, and are often high paying. If you are a superior math and science student, and you handle stress well, then this may be a job that is well suited for you.