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Nuclear Systems Technology (IAC)


(Wallace Campus)

Program Description:

Nuclear Systems Technology - The Nuclear Systems Technology program prepares individuals to apply scientific principles and technical skills in support of research scientists and operating engineers engaged in the running of nuclear reactors, and in nuclear materials processing and disposal.  The program includes instruction in basic nuclear physics and nuclear engineering, monitoring and safety procedures, radioactive materials handling and disposal, equipment maintenance and operation, and record keeping.  The program is made up of a planned sequence of courses that meet the defined educational requirements of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Uniform Curriculum Guide, which is standardized across the nation. Graduates are prepared to enter the workforce in nuclear power plants as entry-level employees at the technician, maintenance, and non-licensed operator level.

Career Opportunities:

Nuclear Systems Technology - In the College's service area and across the country, nuclear power is experiencing renewed growth.  The Nuclear Systems Technology program prepares individuals for a stable, rewarding, and high-paying career in the nuclear power industry.  The programs provide a foundation for jobs in nuclear plant maintenance and non-licensed operations.

Skills Needed:

Nuclear Systems Technology - Successful nuclear power technicians must possess strong communication and analytical skills, mechanical aptitude, good computer skills, the ability to read and interpret service manuals, an interest in keeping abreast of new technology, and a special desire to learn new service and repair procedures.

Expected Earnings/Salary:

Nuclear Technicians

Earnings as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor 2014-2015 Occupational Outlook Handbook are as follows:

Nuclear Systems Technology - Median hourly wages of nuclear technicians in May 2012 was $69,060 per year.
  • Employment is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022.

CATALOG INFORMATION (Course Requirements) (pdf)


Contact Information

Mr. Michael Hannon
Nuclear Systems Technology Instructor
E-mail: mhannon@wallace.edu
(334) 983-3521, ext. 2263
(334) 983-3521x2263 - Dothan