Ensuring nuclear systems and equipment operate safely and efficiently and in an environmentally sustainable way.
Nuclear Scientist and Nuclear Engineer
Nuclear Scientist and Nuclear Engineer with the following typical disciplines in engineering or science based degrees: Process/Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Control & Instrumentation, Operations & Management, Commissioning / Decommissioning, Physicist, Research Scientist, Quality Engineer
The apprenticeship will typically be between 3-5 years to provide a balanced and comprehensive approach for work based learning and academic achievement to meet the requirements of the occupation role
6, Bachelor's Degree
On completion, a Nuclear Scientist and Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprentice will be able to use the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed to enable systems and equipment to operate safely, efficiently and in an environmentally sustainable way, meeting the requirements set out by the employer and those of the Professional Body Institutions. They will have a fundamental and core knowledge of engineering / science principles and practices and will be able to demonstrate discipline skills commensurate with their employed job role that typically will include design, plant performance enhancements, operational management, project management and maintenance of safety standards utilising analytical thinking to provide innovative solutions. They will also demonstrate good communication and team skills and the ability to communicate in a variety of forms to all levels within an organisation.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their nuclear scientist and nuclear engineer apprentices. Typically candidates will have achieved grade C or above in at least five GCSE’s including English, Maths and a Science subject. Employers will set their own entry requirements but typically candidates will hold a minimum of 96 UCAS points or existing relevant Level 3 qualifications. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative.
At the end of the apprenticeship the nuclear scientist and nuclear engineer will be able to:
1. Communicate effectively and appropriately using a full range of skills; technical speaking to a scientific / engineering audience, active listening, professional writing, professional body language, technical presentation.
2. Demonstrate reliability, integrity and respect for confidentiality on work related and personal matters.
3. Work autonomously and interact effectively within a wide, multi-disciplinary project team.
4. Understand the impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality.
5. Manage time effectively, being able to plan and complete work to schedule.
6. Demonstrate a supportive attitude to change and respond positively to change management processes.
7. Take responsibility for personal development, demonstrating commitment to learning and self- improvement and be open to feedback.
8. Demonstrate a strong commitment to personal safety behaviours and understanding of the consequences as set out in the nuclear industry requirements.
9.Take responsibility to actively challenge unsafe behaviours and conditions in the workplace to help reinforce nuclear, radiological and conventional safety over competing goals to ensure the protection of people and the environment.
10. Demonstrate compliance by following rules, procedures and principles to ensure work completed is fit for purpose and pay attention to detail and carry out error checks throughout work activities.
11.Demonstrable commitment to sustainability in work design and application.
12. Be an enthusiastic advocate for the nuclear industry with the ability to represent this industry to a variety of audiences.
On completion of the apprenticeship, the nuclear scientist and nuclear engineer will hold a Bachelors
(Honours) degree qualification (at level 6), accredited by the constituent bodies of the Engineering /
Science Council. The degree will have a minimum of 60 relevant nuclear based credits (1/6 of total credits).
On completion of the apprenticeship, the nuclear scientist and nuclear engineer will be eligible to apply for professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Registered Scientist (RSci) and membership of a Professional Institute.
This standard will be reviewed after 3 years of approval.
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