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Energy Systems Nuclear Operations Technology

Program Objectives

Graduates will be able to: (1) solve basic technical problems typical of what is encountered when working at a nuclear power plant; (2) perform tests and experiments, data analysis, and report findings including recommendations for improvement; (3) work and communicate effectively in diverse and multi-disciplinary teams; (4) be aware of modern professional, ethical, and societal issues as well as recognize the need for lifelong learning.

Student Outcomes

  1. Solve technical problems typical of those encountered in the Energy Systems Engineering Technology discipline by using critical thinking skills, current technology, and principles of mathematics and applied science.
  2. Work and communicate effectively in multidisciplinary teams in both industrial and academic settings.
  3. Understand current professional issues and the need to pursue lifelong learning.
  4. Demonstrate safe work practices on energy systems equipment while following National Electrical Code (NEC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA), National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 70E, Lock-Out/Tag-Out, and other required guidelines.
  5. Use written and verbal communication skills to apply and interview for a job, work in a team environment, and interpret technical documentation.
  6. Utilize test equipment to troubleshoot, analyze, and repair electrical, electronic, and instrumentation related circuits.
  7. Analyze basic power electronics, Alternating (AC), Direct Current (DC), and logic fundamentals.
  8. Create schematics to document electrical, electronic, and process control systems. Utilize electrical diagrams and Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID) to complete troubleshooting, routine, and maintenance tasks.
  9. Identify components, parts, and materials associated with motor controls and process instrumentation.
  10. Apply a fundamental understanding of pressure, temperature, level, flow, position, and analytical measurement to install, calibrate, and troubleshoot process instrumentation.
  11. Describe components of electrical power transmission and distribution systems.
  12. Solve basic technical problems typical of what is encountered when working at a nuclear power plant.
  13. Perform tests and experiments, data analysis, and report findings including recommendations for improvement.
  14. Select and apply appropriate knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the natural sciences, including physics, chemistry, thermodynamics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics to solving problems in nuclear engineering technology areas.
  15. Make oral technical presentations to demonstrate knowledge.
  16. Demonstrate technical competency in nuclear and engineering materials, reactor core fundamentals, power plant systems, heat transfer, fluids, health physics/radiation protection, and radiation measurement.
  17. Demonstrate comprehension of currently applicable rules and regulations in the areas of radiation protection, Conduct of Operations, including LOTO and communications, maintenance, quality control, quality assurance, and safety.
  18. Integrate and apply knowledge of the functional areas of nuclear engineering technology in the safe operation and maintenance of nuclear systems.
  19. Demonstrate principles of Conduct of Operations, including Professional Conduct, Formality, Ownership and Respect, in all areas of ESET coursework. Class attendance and participation, homework, quizzes, exams and oral boards included.
Annual Enrollment and Graduation Data
2016 12 7
2015 8  
2014 7  
2013 8 9
2012 12  

* Enrollments: Number of students majoring in the program enrolled in the fall semester of the academic year.

Graduates: Number of students awarded a degree during the academic year.


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