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ESTEC’s Nuclear Technician Program is designed to teach the knowledge and skills required for employment as a nuclear operations technician in nuclear energy generation fields.


ESTEC Nuclear Technicians Program

Lawrence Beaty (right) of ISU's Energy Systems Technology and Education Center discusses some of the equipment that will be utilized by students in a new nuclear operations technology program.

Finding a job in today's tight employment market isn't easy — unless you are a nuclear reactor operator. Industry growth and a wave of retirements are creating a shortage of people who maintain and operate nuclear reactors. That's why INL has helped start a nuclear operations technician program at Idaho State University's Energy Systems Technology and Education Center (ESTEC).

Finding a job in today's tight employment market isn't easy — unless you are a nuclear reactor operator. Industry growth and a wave of retirements are creating a shortage of people who maintain and operate nuclear reactors.

That's why INL has helped start a nuclear operations technician program at Idaho State University's Energy Systems Technology and Education Center (ESTEC). The two-year program opens this fall and will train reactor operators for jobs available at INL and in the nuclear industry.

"INL will be facing the same workforce shortages as everyone else in the nuclear energy industry," said Richard Holman, manager of INL's Energy Workforce Initiatives. "We need to train and educate the next generation of nuclear technicians if INL is to retain its leading role in nuclear energy research. This program allows us to grow our own highly skilled workforce. Idahoans like to stay in Idaho and that is good for the lab and the state."

Experts from INL's Nuclear Operations organization will be teaching some of the courses. So far, eight of the 16 student slots have been filled for the fall.

INL teamed with ISU and Partners for Prosperity, a nonprofit organization, in 2007 to create ESTEC on ISU's Pocatello campus. ESTEC educates and trains technicians and operators to work in various energy industries, including wind, nuclear and oil and gas.

 

 

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