NUCLEAR ENGINEER

NUCLEAR ENGINEER

 

A BRIEF INTRO 

Nuclear Engineering is about studying atomic nuclei and exploiting their energy specifically for peaceful purpose for the betterment of mankind. It is used in areas like medicine, electricity production and space. A nuclear scientist is a combination of a physicist and an engineer. He is responsible for the operation and maintenance of a nuclear reactor. Other might do research. Job options are in organization like Nuclear Power Corporation of India. Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), nuclear power plants, Institute of Plasma Research, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology and private industries such as L&T, BHEL and Tata Energy

TYPICAL WORK SCHEDULE

A nuclear plant has shift cycles. A control engineer typically does the following in his 7am-3pm shift:

  • Test equipment
  • Operate the reactor within specifications
  • Control the sustained chain reaction core. With the control core. With the control engineer, other scientist and engineers work in tandem, performing tasks like refuelling

SALARY STRUCTURE

Training : Rs. 15000 a month  + perks as per company policy

In Job – Rs. 20000-50000. The government pays 20 per cent and above the government scale specially to nuclear scientists. Those posted at the site receive 10 per cent extra pay, and soft loans to buy household items, computer etc

DESIRED QUALITIES

  • Scientific temperament
  • Interest in experimental work; manual tasks
  • Analytical and quantitative DESIRED QUALITIES
  • Stamina

HOW DO I GET THERE ?

  • Opt for science with physics and maths at the plus-two level. To get into Delhi University’s MTech programme in nuclear science and technology, you should clear a Bachlor’s degree in which you must have studied physics for at least two years/four semesters and maths for at least a year/two semesters. Additionally, you need to clear the Joint Admission test for MSC. More details on http://jam.iitkgp.ac.in

RELATED WEBSITES

  • BARC and NPCIL have training schools for fresh inductees.Those offering full-fledged degrees in this discipline include:
  • MTech from DU –  du.ac.in
  • IIT Kanpur, MTech www.iitk.ac.in

PROS AND CONS

  • Exciting work
  • Foreign job options
  • Risk of overexposure to radioactive material

You might be posted at a plant in a faraway place

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