Qualifications to improve your career in nuclear energy

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by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

Over the next decade, the nuclear industry will be looking for new recruits. Several power plants have been proposed in the UK (Hinkley Point C) to reduce the country’s carbon emissions, leading to more opportunities for those entering and currently in the field.

For experienced nuclear engineers, progressing in your career is a likely option. With more entry-level positions readily available, senior nuclear engineers will be needed to take management of these large projects and assist with their production.

For a new starter in the industry, a nuclear engineering salary can start at around £24,000, while those with more experience could earn as much as £70,000. It’s clear that furthering your career can be highly lucrative for nuclear workers, and now is one of the best times to do it.

If you’re looking to work your way up in the industry, one way is to add more qualifications to your CV. Not only will this make you more appealing to organisations, but it also allows you to develop both personally and professionally.

In this blog, we’ll be highlighting three nuclear qualifications that could help progress your career in nuclear.

Nuclear Qualifications 1 -Chartered Chemical Engineer – MIChemE

A globally recognised accreditation, becoming a Chartered chemical engineer MIChemE is the first step in a successful career. From there, you can advance to Fellow – further increasing your knowledge, experience and reputation in the industry.

Licensed by the Engineering Council UK, becoming a member of IChemE has many benefits, including demonstrating to an employer that you’ve met the industry benchmark for excellence, recognising your competence in a challenging field, and providing a wealth of opportunities for work upon completion.

How to apply

To become a Chartered Chemical Engineer, you can apply online. Then, nuclear engineers will need to demonstrate appropriate knowledge of chemical engineering, have proven experience in a relevant role and undertake a review interview as part of the application process.

Nuclear Qualifications 2 – MSc Nuclear Science and Technology

As a highly technical field, it’s no surprise that nuclear engineering jobs usually require a BSc degree. However, many senior positions also ask candidates for a master’s degree in a relevant field. This MSc in Nuclear Science and Technology broadens your knowledge of the industry and teaches skills necessary for plant decommissioning, another aspect of nuclear engineering that is continuing to grow.  Modules include:

  • The processing, storage and disposal of nuclear waste
  • Risk management
  • Reactor physics and criticality

How to apply

This one-year course teaches in detail nuclear waste management – offering opportunity to specialise in this sector – and is available at a number of universities across the country. Successful applicants will be a graduate in a relevant field, such as engineering, physics and maths.

Nuclear Qualifications 3 – Professional Member of the Nuclear Institute (MNucl)

Joining relevant boards and committees shows your dedication to the industry. Luckily, for a nuclear engineer, there are plenty of memberships to choose from. One in particular is with the Nuclear Institute. By becoming a Professional Member, you have unique access to resources and events, where you’ll meet likeminded professionals in the industry.

What makes MNucl different to other accreditations is Nuclear Delta®, a collective term for the attributes needed to stand out as a nuclear professional. Candidates are encouraged to demonstrate Nuclear Delta® as unique criteria to meeting the Nuclear Institute’s guidelines, some of which includes understanding nuclear safety, nuclear security and technology.

How to apply

If you’re a nuclear engineer (as opposed to a scientist), you will need to register with the Engineering Council UK and complete related competency forms. Once this has been done, you can register for membership with the Nuclear Institute online, where you’ll have to fill out a section specific to Nuclear Delta®. The next stage is to send off your CV and proof of qualifications.

With nuclear energy qualifications, an industry on the forefront of change and a well-paid nuclear engineer salary, there has never been a better time to think about your future in nuclear.

Want to get a head start? Check out our current nuclear jobs.


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Our client, a leading Energy company based in Glasgow city centre are looking for a Customer Service Administrator to join their team on a part time contract basis, initially for 18 months. They are looking for Admin support for their Customer Resolutions Team. This will be a varied role assisting with various aspects within the department. Database management/ data input on various systems Assisting Customers (Inbound/ Outbound calls) Taking information from questionnaires/ applications etc and processing via the system Arranging/ Scheduling appointments Administer and process all paperwork General Admin support Skills & Experience Great Customer service / Telephony skills Creative mind to develop solutions to complex issues Confident dealing with Internal or External clients / companies Strong planning and organisation skills Good IT skills including Microsoft packages

PTS Track Operatives - Kent

Vital are recruiting for PTS Track Operatives due to long term work in and around Kent. Immediate starts available, flexible hours, up to 6 shifts per week, competitive rates of pay and opportunities for progression. Job Title: PTS Track OperativeLocation: Various sites, KentStart Date: ASAPDuration: Ongoing Essential skills and competencies:PTS AC/DCCRSmall ToolsManual HandlingDriving Licence If you think you may be suitable for this role, please email your CV to nathan . bussey @vital .uk .comor contact Nathan Bussey 07717306701 Vital Human Resources is committed to creating a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion/belief, sex or sexual orientation.

CNC Miller

Set and operate 4 & 5 axis vertical milling machines (when required) a. Set and prove out job, obtaining a first of job has been proved out. b. Run milling machines after setting, ensuring that quality is maintained throughout the entire production run. c. Ensure that tooling, fixtures and relevant information is prepared and available when required. d. Identify any engineering requirements / issues that arise and communicate to the relevant person - i.e. Team Leaders, Production Planner, Maintenance & Engineering Departments e. Ensuring routine machine maintenance is carried out as necessary 2. Check manufactured parts for compliance to drawing a. Operate a CNC CMM machines, following instructions to run programs. b. Operate a Manual CMM machine to check drawing compliance. 3. Ensure that health and safety guidelines and practices are followed in line with company policy. a. Ensure work in carried out in a safe manner both to themselves and to their colleagues. b. Ensure compliance with all relevant H&S policies and procedures within the workplace. c. Ensure that 5S, TPM and other programmes in Machine Shop area is sustained and worked to. 4. Assist with problem solving any issues that appear. a. Communicate any issues through appropriate methods to the engineering, and technical departments. 5. Identify and develop manufacturing improvements / procedures a. Ensure that any methods improvements are communicated through the appropriate means.

Health and Safety Manager

Health and Safety Manager with extensive and relevant experience in a senior safety management role within an engineering / construction environment is required to be responsible for the management and delivery of H&S support to the site reporting to the Head of SHEQS. The Post Holder will lead the ongoing development of the Safety Management System within the overall Business Management System (BMS) to ensure continued compliance of the relevant HS&E Legislation, Authorised Conditions and ISO standards. As the Senior Health & Safety Manager they will provide the Head of SHEQS with assurance that the arrangements in place for planning, organisation, monitoring and review of Health & Safety preventative and protective compliance standards, meets or exceeds the relevant statutory provisions and contractual obligations. The Post Holder will have input into the health and safety budget which will involve review and prioritisation of spend across all areas of the H&S. Key here is to ensure that costs are fully controlled whilst maintaining and delivering outputs to achieve best value for money (VfM) at all times. The role involves but is not limited to the following? Act as the Senior Health & Safety Manager within the SHEQS function. Align the existing H&S Compliance, H&S Improvement and Occupational Health functions under a single integrated reporting function within SHEQS. Ensure all conventional H&S events (accidents/incidents) records and statistics are maintained to ensure compliance with both company policy and external reporting requirements, in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR 1995). Planning, creation and authorising of H&S information reports and presenting the information in appropriate and agreed format including formal communications to relevant stakeholders within the required timescales. Engage effectively and constructively in representing the site/company interests when dealing with the relevant regulatory bodies in accordance with company policy and procedures. Monitor and interpret changes in H&S legislation (Maintaining a single H&S legislative register/tracker) and ensure these are translated into effective organisational arrangements for compliance on the Clyde Site. Ensuring the ongoing training/development of the H&S Team members is captured and delivered through the PDR arrangements. In conjunction with the Quality Assurance function within SHEQS develop and support the SHEQS audit programme for the Clyde Site. As the owner - ensure suitable H&S policies/procedures/processes and site arrangements are developed, reviewed, updated and implemented as required across the Clyde site. As part of the Naval Nuclear Sector ensure where possible Common Operating Model (COM) arrangements, working collaboratively with peer group from across other parts of the sector align to best practice H&S policies / processes arrangements site arrangements. introduce and maintain a risk based Active Monitoring Programme for H&S compliance across the Clyde business. Support an HS&E stakeholder engagement/communications strategy and plan for the Clyde business. Support the development of a sustainable Behavioural Safety Programme (Incident Injury Free- IIF) for the Clyde site. Provide leadership, motivation and support to all H&S Team members in the performance of their duties. Demonstrating and promoting the necessary safety culture within your area of responsibility and sphere of influence, continually assessing behaviours in your area. Authority The Post Holder is authorised to carry out those tasks identified in Section 4. Plan and ensure HS&E compliance checks/inspections and audits are undertaken. Where required authorise additional H&S investigations. Carry out examinations & interviews of employees, contractors & others, whilst investigating accidents, incidents & dangerous occurrences. Liaise with the relevant Regulatory bodies. Stop or authorise through delegated authority within SHEQS any work activity where intolerable H&S related risk has been identified. Provide oversight for the performance of all conventional H&S Department employees with inputs from the Health & Safety Compliance Manager and Health & Safety Improvement Manager, recommending limitations on their scope of responsibilities and where necessary providing input into their training and development objectives as part of the PDR Process. Commit relevant finances following engagement and approval from the Head of SHEQS in accordance with authorised/approved budget and delegated financial authority. To represent the Clyde Site on external H&S forums (at times travel may be required in support of this). Site Authorisation Conditions (ACs) Adherence to and compliance with the arrangements for the Authorisation Conditions have general application to all personnel on the Clyde Site. Role SQEP Requirements Significant experience in H&S Management in an appropriate high hazard and formally regulated environment. Relevant engineering degree and Chartered Engineer and Member of accredited Institute. Additional Qualifications and Experience Requirements Desirable - Degree Level or equivalent in an engineering or technical -subject. Chartered Membership of IOSH (CMIOSH) or Full Membership of the British Safety Council (BSC) (MIIRSM). Experience Development of H&S Strategy/Safety Improvement Plans Auditing to ISO EMS 14001 & OHSAS 18001 standards ( desirable to Lead Auditor level) Experience in industrial accident investigation techniques (desirable to Lead Investigator level). Managing a diverse H&S Team in a complex industrial environment. Delivering Behavioural Safety programmes. Dealing with all levels of communications within the organisation up to Board/Director level. Leading in the development of H&S performance measures (both leading and lagging indicators).Recognising the RESTRICTED nature of the work, suitable candidates will be SC cleared or eligible for this level of clearance.Due to the volume of CVs received if you have not had a response within 48 hours please take it that your application will not be progressed but please feel free to visit our website to view other roles.Candidates without the required experience in a senior safety management role within an engineering / construction environment will not be considered.

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