Posted on: May 10, 2022
ABOUT Nuclear technicians, power plant operators and subsystems
specialists are responsible for keeping vital Naval submarines and
aircraft carriers running. These highly trained, hands-on
professionals perform the complex technical functions that are at
the core of sub and carrier capabilities.
Their job involves everything from operating nuclear propulsion
plant machinery, to controlling auxiliary equipment that supports
Naval reactors, to maintaining various electronic, propulsion and
RESPONSIBILITIES There are three types of Nuclear Operations jobs
for enlisted Sailors. Responsibilities depend on your training,
interests and designation. All three of these ratings are eligible
to receive up to a $40,000 bonus for first-time enlistment and up
to a $100,000 bonus for re-enlistment.
Machinist's Mate Nuclear (MMN) Nuclear Machinist's Mates operate
and maintain steam turbines and reduction gears used for nuclear
ship propulsion and auxiliary machinery such as turbogenerators,
pumps and oil purifiers. They also maintain auxiliary machinery
outside of main machinery spaces, such as electrohydraulic steering
engines and elevators, refrigeration plants, air conditioning
systems and desalinization plants. They may also operate and
maintain compressed gas producing plants. Nuclear-trained MMs
perform duties in nuclear propulsion plants operating reactor
control, propulsion and power generation systems. This job is
perfect for Sailors with deep interest in math, chemistry, physics
and engineering-in other words, it takes hard work and smarts to
get you into the reactor room.
Electrician's Mate Nuclear (EMN) Nuclear Electrician's Mates are
responsible for the operation of a ship's electrical power
generation systems, lighting systems, electrical equipment and
electrical appliances. The duties include installation, operation,
adjustment, routine maintenance, inspection, test and repair of
electrical equipment. They also perform maintenance and repair of
related electronic equipment. As an EMN, you're responsible for
troubleshooting the electric breakers and circuits aboard
nuclear-powered ships like aircraft carriers and submarines.
Electronics Technician Nuclear (ETN) Nuclear Electronics
Technicians operate and perform maintenance on the electronic
systems that make the nuclear reactor on Navy ships run. From
submarines to aircraft carriers, these Sailors calibrate the actual
nuclear control rods to generate power aboard these ships. After
your training at Nuclear Power & Prototype School, you'll be part
of a watch team that enables the fission process, which generates
steam for propulsion. Few can say they get hands-on experience in a
nuclear power plant just three years out of high school-you're one
Learn more about submarine service, or life on a ship.
WORK ENVIRONMENT As an Enlisted Sailor working in nuclear
operations, you'll have the opportunity to work at sea or ashore.
Your assignment could also place you in an intense, fast-paced
environment aboard a nuclear-powered submarine or aircraft
TRAINING & ADVANCEMENT NAVY NUCLEAR FIELD (NF) PROGRAM Upon
completion of initial 7-9 week Recruit Training (known as Boot
Camp), those pursuing a Nuclear Operations role report to "A"
School for technical training based on their specific job rating,
and then move on to acquire advanced nuclear training.
"A" School for MMNs - The three-month Machinist's Mate Nuclear
(MMN) course in Charleston, SC provides a basic knowledge of
technical mathematics and understanding of the theory and operation
of a steam power plant. Students learn to operate tools, test
equipment and system components, read blueprints, practice rigging
techniques, and perform maintenance procedures. From there, it's on
to NNPS and NPTU (see below).
"A" School for EMNs - The six-month Electrician's Mate Nuclear
(EMN) course in Charleston, SC provides a basic knowledge of
technical mathematics and power distribution. Students learn to
solve basic equations using phasors, vector notations and basic
trigonometry and analyze DC and AC circuits. They also learn how to
operate electrical equipment using controllers, and how to properly
test, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair electrical circuits,
motors and other related electrical equipment. From there, it's on
to NNPS and NPTU (see description below).
"A" School for ETNs - The six-month Electronics Technician Nuclear
(ETN) course in Charleston, SC provides a basic knowledge of
technical mathematics and a good working knowledge of electricity
and electronics, solid-state devices, digital logic and systems,
microprocessors, and instrumentation and control circuits. Students
learn how to interpret schematic diagrams and use appropriate test
equipment to isolate and correct faults in electronic systems. From
there, it's on to NNPS and NPTU (see description below).
Naval Nuclear Power School (NNPS) - Upon completion of "A" School
training, MMNs, EMNs and ETNs attend Naval Nuclear Power School
(NNPS) in Charleston, SC. Here they learn theory and practical
application of nuclear physics and reactor engineering. The
six-month course provides a comprehensive understanding of a
pressurized-water Naval nuclear power plant, including reactor core
nuclear principles, heat transfer and fluid systems, plant
chemistry and materials, mechanical and electrical systems, and
Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) - Following NNPS, MMNs, EMNs and
ETNs begin prototype training in their rating specialty at one of
two Nuclear Power Training Units (NPTUs) - located in Charleston,
SC and Ballston Spa, NY. This six-month course teaches the
fundamentals of a Naval nuclear power plant and the
interrelationship of its mechanical, electrical, and reactor
subsystems. Students develop oral communications skills, obtain an
understanding of nuclear radiation, and gain knowledge of the safe
operation of a complex Naval nuclear power plant.
For all nuclear power trained ratings , promotion opportunities are
regularly available but competitive and based on performance. It's
also important to note that specialized training received and work
experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable
credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields.
EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES Beyond offering access to professional
credentials and certifications, Navy technical and operational
training in the field of nuclear operations can translate to up to
77 credit hours toward a bachelor's or associate degree through the
American Council on Education. You may also continue your education
through opportunities like the following:
Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance Post-9/11 GI Bill
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS A high-school diploma or equivalent
is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the nuclear operations
field in the Navy. Those seeking one of these positions must be US
citizens with successful completion of one year of Algebra, and who
can meet eligibility requirements for a security clearance.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you're
currently serving, whether you've served before or whether you've
never served before.
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