Are My Engineering Skills Transferable For a Job in Nuclear? The answer is yes. For the first time in decades, the UK’s nuclear sector is set to expand. The government has initiated an ambitious programme to construct up to five civil nuclear plants by 2030. This includes Hinkley Point C in the southwest powerhouse. Encouragingly no matter what branch of engineering you work within, your engineering skills are transferable for a job in nuclear. The engineering industry is consequently one of the fastest growing and most exciting fields today as it offers significant earning potential, job stability and most importantly, job satisfaction.
Hinkley Point C is Just the Beginning
The government has now given the go-ahead for the French and Chinese financed nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset. It will be built next to the two existing facilities, Hinkley Point A and B, and is set to begin generating electricity in 2025 and will generate more than 25,000 jobs. There are four stages to the lifecycle of a nuclear power plant – design, construction and manufacture, operation and decommissioning and so a range of roles will be available in each stage over the coming years. For example, construction, civil engineering, electrical installation, hospitality, catering, logistics, security, site services as well as support roles.
Nuclear is thriving – what’s on offer?
Hinkley Point C is just one example of the opportunities available within nuclear. In 2014, the total demand for skilled nuclear workers was 70,000 and that number is only increasing. As the first country to successfully develop civil nuclear power and as an operator of nuclear deterrence, the UK has built a thriving nuclear sector over sixty years. We have developed a capable supply chain and an enviable global reputation for quality, safe and reliable civil and defence operations, underpinned by a world-class regulatory regime and an expert workforce, which you can be a part of.
Transferable Skills, the Future
Working in highly-regulated industries where thinking creatively within controlled environments is the norm, is a unique attribute that is required by all engineering roles. With experience in engineering your career is readily adaptable. For example, at Morson we have facilitated the move of qualified electrical and mechanical engineers with core skills from industries such as aerospace and defence into the power, renewables and nuclear sectors.
The transfer of skills between industries has never been more important. Indeed, a large number of skills and competencies intertwine between disciplines and roles such as Lifting Technicians, Tower Crane Drivers and Steel Fixers will all be required to work across the large infrastructure projects planned for the UK in the recent future. Lifting technician skills in particular are commodity in the nuclear industry and will be required on the Hinkley project, however most recruits can be trained with previous skills from industries such as rail.
It is not only possible but essential that engineering skills are transferrable between industries, particularly for a job in nuclear, and there is no time like the present to make the transition.
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