The Navy ‘s greatest assets are powered by Nuclear Power. This is why we place a tremendous amount of resources into our nuclear engineers. We have TWO areas to be explored and both of them will allow you to get all pay and benefits of an E-6 in the Navy just to go to school and finish your bachelors degree. Total compensation for our area could be up to $150K during school and a guaranteed career as soon as you graduate.
NUCLEAR REACTORS ENGINEER.
The most powerful energy sources in the world need the most powerful minds behind them. As a
Nuclear Reactors Engineer, you’ll be responsible for researching, designing, maintaining, operating and regulating the nuclear reactors and power plants that drive the most advanced fleet of submarines and aircraft carriers on Earth. Here, you can fuel a passion for problem-solving by defining and redefining the cutting edge of nuclear propulsion, while setting the standard in nuclear reactor research and regulation.
Naval Reactors Engineers have oversight of the Navy’s entire fleet of nuclear-powered ships as well as shore-based prototypes and nuclear propulsion support facilities for America’s Navy. The wide array of technical areas involved in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion program include:
• Reactor and fluid systems design
• Reactor physics
• Materials development
• Component design such as steam generators, pumps and valves
• Instrumentation and control of reactor, steam and electric plants
• Testing and quality control
• Chemistry and radiological controls
As a Navy Reactors Engineer stationed at Naval Reactors Headquarters in Washington, D.C., you will provide technical oversight while managing projects ranging from reactor design to fleet operations to de-fueling and decommissioning warships.
NUCLEAR POWER INSTRUCTOR.
How do you condense 4 years of intricate math, science and theory about highly classified nuclear
technology into just 12 months? Ask a Navy Nuclear Instructor. To be an Instructor at Nuclear Power
School and at the Nuclear Power Training Unit you must be at the top of your class and maintain the
best understanding of nuclear power. You are responsible for teaching not only the facts, but also the mindset. Your students will help uphold the longest record of safe nuclear operations in the world. They will power our entire defense force and they will need the preparation to so. Navy Nuclear Instructors are the next generation’s mentors to reach the starting line.
Nuclear Power School Instructors teach Officers and Enlisted personnel the theories and fundamentals behind the design and operation of Navy nuclear reactors and power plants. These teachers are essential in preparing service members for their work in the fast-paced and competitive nuclear power field.
Naval Nuclear Power School is a 24-week course of instruction in science, technology and power plant operations designed to provide theoretical background knowledge of nuclear power. Areas of
• Physics, Chemistry, Algebra and Calculus
• Heat Transfer and Fluid Dynamics
• Reactor Theory
• Mechanical and Electrical Systems Design
• Radiological Controls and Health Physics
Nuclear Power Training Unit Instructor
Nuclear Power Training Unit Instructors provide hands-on training and direct oversight to nuclear trained officers and enlisted personnel while operating a nuclear reactor. They are essential in ensuring the safe operation of shore-based nuclear power plants and in preparing the Officers and Enlisted personnel for their future in the nuclear power field.
Nuclear Power Training Unit is a 26-week course of instruction spent applying the knowledge of nuclear power plant operations in order to attain certification as a nuclear operator. Areas of instruction include:
• Reactor start-up, steady-state operations and shutdown
• Chemistry analysis and control
• Maintenance review and approval
• Casualty response
• Reactor safeguard systems
PAY AND BENEFITS
From the day you start, you’ll receive:
• Competitive salary
• Free health insurance
• Free housing
• A retirement plan
• 30 days paid vacation per year
In addition to the best-in-class training at state-of-the-art facilities, current undergrad students who meet the prerequisite background will also have the chance to be paid while finishing school through the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC) program. Students in majors like mathematics, engineering, physics and chemistry may receive preferred acceptance into the program. If accepted into the NUPOC program as an aspiring Naval Nuclear Power School Instructor, you can:
Receive a salary in excess of $4,000 per month for up to 30 months prior to your college graduation
Enjoy military health-care benefits while you are a student in the program
Interested candidates should contact a local recruiter to discuss the opportunity to participate in an
instructor specific Q&A Information session to learn more about what the job entails and get answers for any of your questions.
Postgraduate Education Opportunities
As a Navy Nuclear Instructor, once you’re out of school you’ll have a position waiting as a respected
professional and officer affiliated with the most accomplished nuclear program on earth. Beyond
undergraduate and formal Navy training and education, you can pursue additional graduate education
• Completing Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) at one of the various service colleges
• Using Tuition Assistance to attend online or in-person graduate programs
• Navy College Program
• VOLED Assistance Center
• VOLED Region Advisors
• The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)
• Navy War College (NWC)
• USAF Air University Air Command and Staff College
As a Navy Nuclear Instructor, you will have incredible post-service prospects. The highly selective nature
of the program combined with world-class advanced training and qualifications means your skills and
knowledge are in high demand. Adding “Navy Nuclear Officer” to your list of accomplishments will make
you a top candidate for a variety of future careers including civilian engineering and management jobs
after you complete your service.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
• U.S. citizen between 19 and 29 years of age at the time of commissioning. Exceptions up to age 40 for
select jobs may be available.
• Graduate or current student pursuing a BA, BS or MS (preferably major in mathematics, engineering,
physics, chemistry or other technical areas).
• Those still in school may apply as early as 30 months from completion of an undergraduate degree
for Instructor positions.
• Applicants may also join the NUPOC program as early as 12 months from completion of a master’s
degree for all NUPOC positions.
• Additional academic requirements include:
• Completed one academic year of calculus
• Completed one academic year of calculus-based physics
A competitive GPA and a minimum grade of “B” in all technical courses
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether
you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.
Nuclear Power School Instructor
Serving at Naval Nuclear Power School (NNPS) in Charleston, SC, you’ll work in an academic setting for
up to 5 years. You will teach, mentor and lead students through a difficult course of instruction in a
demanding yet collaborative learning environment.
Nuclear Power Training Unit Instructor
Serving at Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) in Charleston, SC, you’ll work in a unique
environment combining classroom instruction and self-paced study with real-world operations. Much of
your work will take place in the nuclear power plant of a moored submarine, providing valuable hands on training. You will study the same curriculum taught to the Submarine and Surface Warfare Officers
and then go on to teach it, facilitating the same collaborative learning environment that you first
experienced in your own training. This assignment requires dedicated leaders committed to the success
of their students.