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Particulars of ordinary

Occupation: Nuclear Operative

The Nuclear Operative occupation has two distinct choices. On the finish of the apprenticeship you may be competent to be both a

Nuclear Decommissioning Operative or Nuclear Course of Operative.

Occupational profile:

Core duties:

The Nuclear Operative is chargeable for the palms on operation of plant techniques and gear on a nuclear facility and related off website plant. This can contain working inside a wide range of environments inside nuclear services, both operational work or decommissioning work (a means of eradicating all radioactive, non-radioactive and contaminated plant and gear), necessitating the usage of revolutionary strategies and gear, the place required, and the sensible expertise related to this. The working circumstances are assorted and will contain sporting specialist security gear, and dealing on websites operating 365 day operations. Nuclear Operatives might be required to work individually and as a part of a staff, assembly required requirements and adhering to strict controls and procedures. Nuclear websites are extremely regulated and a premium is positioned on demonstrating an understanding of nuclear, radiological and standard security, along with the suitable attitudes and behaviours to make sure apprentices adjust to organisational security and regulatory necessities always.

Decommissioning choice function duties:

The Nuclear Decommissioning Operative is chargeable for the secure operation and surveillance of nuclear crops inside their decommissioning part, together with dismantling, elimination and disposal of a wide range of plant and gear related to a nuclear licensed website, usually utilizing state-of-the-art strategies and gear. This might be achieved by way of disciplined operations, environment friendly staff working, growing options to challenge necessities and the deployment of bespoke gear to assist decommissioning.

This function will contain the sampling, measurement discount, segregation and packaging of various categorisations of waste inside a variety of difficult environments, usually in full private and respiratory protecting gear, making certain all work is performed to nationwide and trade requirements and greatest apply to minimise any affect to the workforce, public and atmosphere.

Course of choice function duties:

The Nuclear Course of Operative is chargeable for safely finishing up plant course of operations in a wide range of nuclear working crops together with however not restricted to gasoline manufacture and storage, nuclear reactors, reprocessing, and waste processing and storage. The function requires an excellent understanding of the working plant, processes and supplies and the working guidelines and procedures required for the secure operation of plant gear, monitoring and adjusting controls, recording knowledge in logs, taking operational samples and responding to emergency procedures.

Core Abilities:

A Nuclear Operative will have the ability to:

  • Work safely in a nuclear atmosphere below a Protected System of Work (SSOW) together with Threat Evaluation
  • Apply and adjust to Working Guidelines and Directions and making use of appropriate reporting procedures
  • Monitor plant indications and circumstances of plant and gear intently and document knowledge accordingly
  • Establish, reply and implement related actions within the occasion of irregular or emergency conditions
  • Put together work areas in radioactive and non-radioactive environments
  • Perform Sampling Operations
  • Assemble and dismantle gear and plant objects
  • Perform Waste administration to kind, segregate, switch & minimise waste arisings
  • Function successfully in Private Protecting Gear, (PPE), reminiscent of respirators and pressurised fits
  • Conduct surveillance of plant gear and processes to make sure appropriate operation
  • Reply accurately to gear, facility and website alarms
  • Carryout the recognized secure utility of radiological monitoring gear, course of and assurance
  • Successfully talk and handover duties and work areas
  • Configure, isolate and reinstate plant and gear
  • Conduct plant and gear decontamination actions
  • Interpret technical drawings and documentation
  • Safely function plant course of and techniques
  • Function ancillary gear, e.g. cranes, fork carry vans, entry platforms, distant dealing with gear
  • Apply routine downside fixing strategies
  • Assist and put together alpha or beta/gamma radiation/contamination managed work areas
  • Successfully help and help different work streams inside their work atmosphere
  • Carryout the secure supply of recognized minor upkeep actions

Extra expertise for:

Nuclear Decommissioning Operative

Nuclear Course of Operative

  • Dismantle contaminated plant, constructions and gear
  • Decontaminate radioactive plant and supplies
  • Clear up routine decommissioning issues
  • Function customary, function constructed or designed gear for decommissioning functions.
  • Take away and switch hazardous supplies and so forth to designated storage areas


  • Function and management gear to conduct nuclear plant processes and management evolutions exactly (together with outage and shutdown)



Core Data:

A Nuclear Operative will have the ability to show their understanding of:

  • The apply concerned with the minimisation, packaging and elimination of hazardous supplies and switch of supplies to designated storage space.
  • Quite a lot of steady enchancment
  • The security (nuclear, radiological, standard and environmental), safety and behavioural expectations of these engaged on nuclear
  • The elemental ideas and implications of radiation
  • The procedures for coping with radioactive discharges, waste, environmental management and
  • The explanations for and utility of a wide range of security administration techniques reminiscent of Allow to Work, Customary Working Procedures and Threat
  • The implications and relevance of firm coverage, exterior laws and regulation on working practices (together with environmental management).
  • How Human Efficiency and Human Elements have an effect on nuclear security tradition
  • How one can reply accurately to Emergency Preparations
  • How plant gear and techniques reminiscent of air flow, steam and cooling water function and help secure

Extra information for:

Nuclear Decommissioning Operative

Nuclear Course of Operative

  • The decommissioning practices and supporting actions required to allow the secure dismantling, measurement discount, waste processing and decontamination of plant and gear on a nuclear facility.


  • The method practices and supporting actions required to securely function plant and gear getting used to course of nuclear materials.



A Nuclear Operative will have the ability to show the next behaviours:

  • Security: They at all times show a powerful dedication to private security behaviours as set out in nuclear trade necessities. They actively problem unsafe practices. They perceive the connection between nuclear and radiological security and guarantee that is strengthened within the office;
  • Integrity: They guarantee openness in relations with staff, prospects and different stakeholders. They promote and mannequin the best requirements {of professional} conduct, ethics and integrity;
  • Resilience: They work properly below strain, repeatedly attempt for excellence in all they do and have ample maturity to problem poor efficiency or non-conformance in a tactful and diplomatic method;
  • High quality: They observe guidelines, procedures and ideas to make sure work accomplished is match for function and take note of element and perform applicable danger evaluation and error checks all through work actions;
  • Private Duty: They take accountability for finishing duties and procedures, accurately and safely;
  • Staff Working: They contribute in direction of the development of collaborative working and training others the place applicable;
  • Communication: They at all times show efficient and applicable communication, utilizing oral, written and digital strategies; working successfully with others, with regard for range and equality;
  • Conservative Bias: Set up a conservative strategy to plant operations to take care of a secure working atmosphere;
  • Safety: They at all times work in a fashion that ensures safety is maintained within the nuclear

Entry necessities:

Employers will set their very own necessities.


Apprentices with out stage 1 English and maths might want to obtain this stage and take the take a look at for stage 2 English and maths previous to completion of their apprenticeship.

Development and Skilled Registration:

The development alternatives for a Nuclear Operative will align with the particular occupation and can usually lead onto the Supervisory, Staff Chief and Administration roles throughout the nuclear atmosphere. On profitable completion of the apprenticeship, a Nuclear Operative might be eligible to use for Affiliate Membership of the Nuclear Institute (NI) and may have entry to skilled growth alternatives, which can allow them to accumulate the competences required for skilled registration {and professional} membership of the NI.


The standard period of this apprenticeship might be 2 years.


This apprenticeship is at Stage 2. 

Evaluate date:

This apprenticeship customary might be reviewed after 3 years of approval.

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