Nuclear Fundamentals

The Nuclear Fundamentals Certificate program will prepare you for an entry-level position in the nuclear industry. It blends applied chemistry, physics, engineering, and radiation fundamental classes for a great foundation for employment in today's modern nuclear facilities.

This is a two-semester program.

Students interested in this program must first apply to participate in the Production Operator Apprenticeship Program with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions or Savannah River Mission Completion.

Course Details

Certificate – Nuclear Fundamentals

Apprenticeship Program Information

The LSE Production Operator Apprentice Program with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) is a limited-service employment position in which apprentices will be hired for a period of eight months to complete on-the-job training (OJT) and earn the Nuclear Fundamentals Certificate from Aiken Technical College (ATC) under the guidance of a qualified production operator or instructor. The program is designed to train apprentices on the production processes to perform at the Production Operator, Grade 16 level. The work schedule will consist of 20 hours per week of paid OJT at SRNS. There is no guarantee of future full-time employment upon completion of the program.

LSE Production Operator Apprentice Entry Requirements: 

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must have a valid state driver’s license
  • Must have completed ACT WorkKeys Skills Assessment and achieved a minimum score of two in Workplace Observation, three in Graphic Literacy or four in Locating Information (Graphic Literacy replaced Locating Information on October 1, 2017), and four in Applied Technology. Official results must be uploaded into BrassRing as a file attachment at the time the application is submitted online. Test scores must be within the last five years. Official documentation must be provided to the company for consideration of employment.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Security Clearance
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts

Visit the SRNS website to view position duties and requirements and to complete the online application.

The Entry-level Production Operator Apprentice Program with Savannah River Remediation (SRR) trains on production processes to be able to eventually perform at the Production Operator, Grade 18 level. Both classroom and on-the-job training (OJT) will be provided. An Entry-level Production Operator Apprentice operates processes under the guidance of qualified Production or Sr. Production Operators.

The Entry-level Production Operator Apprentice (Grade 16) serves as the training position for Production Operator (Grade 18) positions. This Apprenticeship opportunity at SRR allows for applicants with little to no experience to receive on the job training so that they can qualify for a full time Production Operator position at the conclusion of their Apprenticeship. There is no guarantee of future full-time employment upon completion of the program.

Participants in the apprenticeship program are selected through a panel interview process. Those who successfully completes program training requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship as a Production Operator.

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