Nuclear Engineering Technology

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Associate in Science
Program Coordinator: James Sherrard - 860-215-9472

The Nuclear Engineering Technology program operates in cooperation with Millstone Station to produce entry-level technicians primarily for the commercial nuclear power industry. Millstone Station offers full scholarships through the college for up to 15 full-time freshman enrolling in the Nuclear Engineering Technology program. However, the program is open to all qualified students, with or without scholarship aid.

Using classroom, laboratory, and simulator instruction, students are educated in the theories underlying the actual safe operation of nuclear power generating stations. Additional "hands-on" experience may be gained through 12 weeks of summer co-op employment at Millstone Station's nuclear power plants.

Potential job areas upon graduation include health physics, nuclear chemistry, reactor engineering and power plant operation/maintenance. The program also provides academic preparation for a career as a reactor operator. This career path involves further training by the utility and successful completion of a license examination administered by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. For many students, the Associate Degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology is but one step in their academic career as they move on to pursue higher degrees upon graduating from Three Rivers.

(suggested two-year sequence)


Course ID Title of Course Credits
CHE* K121° General Chemistry I 4
___________ + Computer Science Elective 3-4
ENG* K101° Composition 3
MAT* K186° Precalculus (4)
NUC* K100 Introduction to Nuclear Systems 3
PHY* K114° Mechanics (4)
TOTAL 13-14
COM* K173° Public Speaking (3)
ENG* K202° Technical Writing 3
MAT* K254° Calculus I 4
NUC* K110° Radiation, Health, Safety 2
NUC* K111° Radiation, Health, Safety Lab 1
NUC* K117° Atomic and Reactor Physics 4
NUC* K118° Nuclear Chemistry 1
PHY* K115° Heat Sound Light 4
  TOTAL 19
EET* K144° Fundamentals Electrical Circuits and Machines 3
EET* K145° Fundamentals Electrical Circuits and Machines Lab 1
MAT* K256° Calculus II 4
MEC* K272° Fluid Mechanics/Thermodynamics 4
NUC* K250° Reactor Theory 4
NUC* K252° Nuclear Materials Science 2
NUC* K262° Nuclear Materials Science Lab 1
  TOTAL 19
MEC* K274° Heat Transfer 2
MEC* K275° Thermal Sciences Lab 1
NUC* K210° # Nuclear Instruments and Control 2
NUC* K211° # Nuclear Instruments and Control Lab 1
NUC* K220° Nuclear Simulator 1
NUC* K22 Nuclear Simulator Lab 1
NUC* K230° Nuclear Topics 2
__________ Humanities/Social Sciences/Fine Arts Elective 3
__________ ++ Restricted Elective 3

° Course has a prerequisite. Students should check course description. 
( ) Course is considered a prerequisite for this technology degree.
+ Typical selections are CSA* K105 or CSC* K108 to support future employment and education.
# Students may select another 3 credit Technology elective to replace NUC* 210/K211 to better meet their   employment/future education goals with the approval of the Program Coordinator.
++ An additional Humanities/Social Science/ Fine Arts Elective is recommended. Or, another course appropriate for future employment may be selected with approval of the Program Coordinator.

Nuclear Engineering Technology, Associate in Science Degree
Program Objectives

Graduates of the Nuclear Engineering Technology program will:

  1. demonstrate a mastery of knowledge, skills and problem solving abilities required for entry level employment in the commercial nuclear power or health physics fields.

  2. demonstrate technical strengths in the areas of nuclear processes and operations, nuclear systems and radiological safety.

  3. adopt life long learning and intellectual growth as an integral part of a career in nuclear engineering technology due to continuing engineering and scientific reactor system technology improvements.

  4. posses a solid nuclear knowledge base for a program base for a program graduate to transfer as an entering junior into a baccalaureate degree program in nuclear engineering or health physics.


Nuclear Engineering Technology, Associate in Science Degree
Program Outcomes

By the time of graduation, students in the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program will:

  1. apply an understanding of nuclear systems and operations
  2. apply an understanding of radiological safety and radiation protection procedures.
  3. know the applicable rules and regulations, and describe the roles of maintenance, control, performance, the human interface in the operations and quality assurance.
  4. understand, demonstrate and value the safe operation of nuclear systems.
  5. solve problems using foundation mathematics, physical sciences and nuclear technology for nuclear industry constituents served by the degree program.
  6. conduct, analyze and interpret laboratory experiments.
  7. interpret laboratory analyses that measure nuclear and radiation processes.
  8. demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  9. demonstrate the use of library and on-line information sources in problem solving.
  10. serve as productive team members.
  11. recognize the need to be life long learners.