College of Technology

Energy Systems Nuclear Operations Technology

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About the Occupation

Nuclear Operations Technicians work in a structured environment and operate specialized equipment. They must be able to take direction, follow protocol, and have a commitment to safety. Job responsibilities include monitoring and maintaining test instruments, gauges, and recording devices in control rooms during equipment operation. Technicians calculate equipment operating factors such as radiation times, dosages, temperatures, gamma intensities, and pressures using standard formulas and conversion tables. Learn more about the occupation and the industry.

Program Description

The Energy Systems Nuclear Operations Technology program offers students the opportunity to learn the skills required to work in nuclear power plants. Students learn about electronics, instrumentation, power generation, reactor plant operation, radiation detection and protection, the nuclear industry, and safety protocols. Small class sizes and face-to-face learning with hands-on laboratories make the environment very conducive to learning the skills needed to obtain employment. The program has been designated as the Northwest Regional Center of Excellence for Nuclear Education and Training by the Nuclear Energy Institute. Find out more about the program, curriculum and course sequence.

Program Statistics

Program Overview

  • Program accepts students in August
  • Typical classroom hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Program admits 20 students in a cohort
  • Physical demands for this program may include lifting, standing, bending, and close vision

Degree Options

  • Energy Systems Nuclear Operations Technology Associate of Applied Science (2 years)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (4+ years)

Career Opportunities

  • Commercial nuclear power facilities
  • Technicians and operators
  • Government contractors

Cost of Attendance

Fees apply to the current Idaho State University fee schedule which includes mandatory student health insurance. Students with existing health insurance coverage may waive student health insurance. Waivers are available at

Minimum Test Scores
SAT English: 450 Math: 460
rSAT English: 480 Math: 500
ACT English: 18 Math: 19
ALEKS Math: 30
AccuPlacer English: 85
COMPASS Writing: 68 Algebra: 45

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.

Program Information Sheet (pdf)

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