Nuclear Power Engineering Technology

Mission Statement

The mission of the Nuclear Power Engineering Technology concentration is to provide a high - quality educational experience consistent with established standards (ACADs)published by the National Academy for Nuclear Training. The educational experience is accomplished through classroom instruction, laboratory experiences, observations at nuclear facilities, and student mentoring. The graduates of this program are nuclear power engineering technicians capable of critical thinking, committed to strong work ethics, prepared for life -long learning, and will possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make an intelligent entry into the operational environment of a nuclear power plant.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The program educational objectives support the program mission statement.

  1. To produce graduates who demonstrate a strong foundation of scientific and technical knowledge and the skills required to operate and control equipment used in nuclear electrical power generation.
  2. To produce graduates who assume leadership roles in nuclear power plant operations.
  3. To produce graduates who demonstrate the capability to assume higher level positions beyond non-licensed operator in a nuclear power plant.

Student Outcomes (SOs)

The Student Outcomes are used to indicate learned capabilities that program graduates should be able to demonstrate.

Upon graduating from this program of study, students will demonstrate:

  1. an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities
  2. an ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge
  3. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct analyze, and interpret experiments
  4. an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team
  5. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems
  6. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature
  7. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self -directed continuing professional development
  8. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity
  9. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement
  10. an understanding of nuclear systems and operations, and radiological safety, including
    1. radiation protection procedures
    2. currently applicable rules and regulations, maintenance, control, performance, the human interface in operations, quality assurance pertaining to the operation of nuclear systems, and
    3. the importance of the safe operation of nuclear systems
  11. an ability to solve problems using foundation mathematics and the fundamental principles, conservation laws, and rate processes of the physical sciences that are commonly encountered in the segment of the nuclear industry served by the program
  12. an ability to conduct, analyze, and interpret laboratory experiments, and to interpret laboratory analyses that measure nuclear and radiation processes

Enrollment/Graduation Data

Graduates spring 2014:  12
Enrollment fall 2014:  31

Industry Advisory Board

Kevin WilkesTVA
Todd Vander WarfTVA
Aaron S. BergeronTVA
Derek HawesTVA
Chris VaughnTVA
Ron Crews NRC
Mark DeRocheTVA
Matt LeenartsTVA
Steve DouglasTVA

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,