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ERIC Number: ED168651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Nuclear Taskforce Summation.
At the end of 1978, there were approximately 230 nuclear-fueled electric generating plants around the world; 72 of these were in the United States. Each plant requires an operations-and-maintenance workforce of 92 people, and attrition occurs at a rate of 8% per year. Requirements for a nuclear taskforce and job training, in view of current development rates, are running high. Seven major technical occupations appear to be specific to nuclear-fueled electrical generating plants: power plant (reactor) operator, radiation protection technician, quality-assurance/quality-control technician, nuclear instrumentation and control technician, chemical technician, mechanics, and electricians. Training programs for these occupations exist through 21 postsecondary schools and through employer programs. Before committing themselves to a nuclear program, school administrators and curriculum planners should consider the following factors: (1) employer needs within the school service area; (2) relevance to industry pre-employment levels; (3) convenient location to reactors for specialized training; (4) absorption of program costs; and (5) public education to counteract adverse publicity. A list of instructional materials is included and appendices contain a list of schools with nuclear programs, job descriptions, a sample local needs survey, and examples of industrial and governmental training programs. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nuclear Energy Occupations
Note: Prepared for the National Education, Business and Labor Conference on Energy-Related Vocational and Technician Training, Employment and Public Energy Awareness ; Parts of appendix are marginally legible