Nuclear Facility Operator

24 month programme

What is a Nuclear Facility Operator?

A Nuclear Facility Operator is responsible for the hands on operation of plant systems and equipment on a nuclear facility. The operator will be trained in procedures for dealing with the handling and disposal of radiological and hazardous waste, plant control and monitoring, sampling operations, environmental controls, radioactive discharges, emergencies and other plant systems such as ventilation, steam and cooling water.

What will I be doing?

This role is quite diverse as it can be control room based which involves monitoring plant conditions, following procedures and responding to alarms via systems and computers, to more hands-on work, such as sampling activities and decommissioning redundant equipment with tools. You will be following documented instructions for nearly all aspects of work. You will typically be working in teams of ten to twelve colleagues from diverse backgrounds. Some of the roles can be physically demanding and do require you to wear personal protective equipment and respiratory equipment (such as full PVC suit, gloves and respirators) whilst working in a range of conditions i.e. hot, cold and or in confined spaces.

What do I need to consider?

This is a two year scheme, which will include some full time training with an external provider during the first year. Further on the job training will be provided along with mentoring and coaching.

As an integral part of your apprenticeship your progress will be monitored and assessed against government standard requirements. You will compile an evidence folder, demonstrating your areas of learning with accredited certificates of completion for elements of your training. Within the last six months of your apprenticeship you will undertake an assessment by an independently appointed organisation, where you will be expected to clearly demonstrate your capability to perform as a Nuclear Operator.

You will be working shift patterns which can involve working weekends and at times unsociable hours.

Where will my training be delivered?

Your training will involve a mixture of full time training with the local provider and placements on the Sellafield Site.

You will be continually monitored and assessed during your training.

What qualifications will I obtain?

  • Level 2 Nuclear Operator Standard.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Minimum age of 18 by 1st February 2021
  • Minimum of 3 GCSEs Grade 4 (Grade C) in Mathematics, English Language & one Science or engineering subject. (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science or similar).

What are the requirements to do the role?

  • Some of the roles can be physically demanding.
  • You will be required to wear personal protective equipment and respiratory equipment (such as full PVC suit, gloves and respirators).
  • The work will involve working in a range of conditions i.e. hot, cold, working at heights and confined spaces in a nuclear facility.

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