Nuclear Criticality Safety Engineer

Make sure nuclear energy is safely transported, handled and stored.

What does a Nuclear Criticality Safety Engineer do?

As a Nuclear Criticality Safety Engineer, you conduct research and evaluate existing methods of handling nuclear fuel, all in an effort to stop accidental nuclear reactions before they start. You spend most of your time at a switchboard, monitoring temperatures, levels, and gauges. Your work as a Nuclear Criticality Safety Engineer couldn’t be more important to a power plant, so if you’re anything like Homer Simpson (who doesn’t take his job in sector 7-G as seriously as finding his next doughnut), then this isn’t the job for you.

Your daily duties revolve around improving the existing methods of operation in order to keep the plant safe at all times while running at full capacity. As a Nuclear Criticality Safety Engineer, you examine the way nuclear materials are transported, handled, and stored, and you continually find better ways of doing those jobs. You also review and evaluate proposed plans from workers to improve procedures, and you have the final say as to whether they’re a good move for the plant.

Additionally, you know exactly the kinds of materials your plant uses, and the best ways to work with them. You know their characteristics, and you can predict if a particular way of handling or certain environmental factors can upset them.

Occasionally, you visit the storage sites used to contain the nuclear materials, and you assess the sites’ suitability. If you sense danger, you work with other project officials to determine when and how to resolve the problematic situation. You write up all of your findings in reports, which you give to your Managers. Ultimately, your goal is to forecast and prevent potential dangers using your advanced knowledge of nuclear physics.