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Nuclear Operations Program

This program offers entry-level positions for qualified candidates. It challenges you to combine your technical and interpersonal skills. This is not a desk job. Evolve in a dynamic, challenging, hands-on environment, supervising the operation and maintenance of a naval nuclear power plant. You will work one-on-one with Navy personnel in a setting that fosters critical problem solving, decision-making, team building, and personnel development. We are looking for confident engineers with academic talent and interpersonal skills, who are in search of career advancement and technical leadership positions.

The Program

We recruit candidates throughout the year, for a comprehensive fifteen-month training program. Candidates spend the first six months at the Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston, SC. Here, they are exposed to a broadening technical background of fundamental concepts of naval nuclear propulsion plants (Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow, Chemistry, Materials, Radiological Fundamentals, Reactor Dynamics and Reactor Plant Operations). The remaining nine months of the program include on-the-job hands-on training at one of the following locations:

  • Charleston, SC – in one of two converted naval nuclear submarines
  • West Milton, NY – in an operating prototype plant

Once you complete the program, you will be responsible for coordinating complex maintenance and testing activities in the plant and support facilities. You will train those who will serve the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Fleet. You will gain a broad experience that sets a solid foundation to launch a variety of careers and become a major contributor within our world class engineering and scientific communities. Develop the multidisciplinary competence required to lead a team of approximately 50 people right where cutting-edge technologies are used to envision, design, and deliver the Navy’s future propulsion capabilities.

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical, electrical, nuclear, or chemical engineering with strong academic excellence (other technical disciplines may also be considered)
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Subject to a federal background investigation (must meet eligibility requirements to obtain a clearance)


ABET = Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

DOE = Department of Energy

ELDP = Engineering Leadership Development Program

ID = Idaho

NNPP = Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program

NY = New York

PA = Pennsylvania

RFP = Rickover Fellowship Program

SC = South Carolina