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"Nuclear Monitoring Technician"
Job Description - Part 1 - Duties and Tasks

Basic Job Description:

Collect and test samples to monitor results of nuclear experiments and contamination of humans, facilities, and environment.

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Job Duties and Tasks for: "Nuclear Monitoring Technician"

1) Calibrate and maintain chemical instrumentation sensing elements and sampling system equipment, using calibration instruments and hand tools.

2) Collect samples of air, water, gases, and solids in order to determine radioactivity levels of contamination.


3) Determine intensities and types of radiation in work areas, equipment, and materials, using radiation detectors and other instruments.

4) Determine or recommend radioactive decontamination procedures, according to the size and nature of equipment and the degree of contamination.

5) Immerse samples in chemical compounds in order to prepare them for testing.


6) Inform supervisors when individual exposures or area radiation levels approach maximum permissible limits.

7) Monitor personnel in order to determine the amounts and intensities of radiation exposure.

8) Operate manipulators from outside cells to move specimens into and out of shielded containers, to remove specimens from cells, or to place specimens on benches or equipment work stations.

9) Place irradiated nuclear fuel materials in environmental chambers for testing, and observe reactions through cell windows.

10) Provide initial response to abnormal events and to alarms from radiation monitoring equipment.

11) Set up equipment that automatically detects area radiation deviations, and test detection equipment in order to ensure its accuracy.

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12) Test materials' physical, chemical, or metallurgical properties, using equipment such as tensile testers, hardness testers, metallographic units, micrometers, and gauges.

13) Weigh and mix decontamination chemical solutions in tanks, and immerse objects in solutions for specified times, using hoists.

14) Calculate safe radiation exposure times for personnel, using plant contamination readings and prescribed safe levels of radiation.


15) Confer with scientists directing projects in order to determine significant events to monitor during tests.

16) Decontaminate objects by cleaning with soap or solvents or by abrading with wire brushes, buffing wheels, or sandblasting machines.

17) Enter data into computers in order to record characteristics of nuclear events and locating coordinates of particles.

18) Instruct personnel in radiation safety procedures, and demonstrate use of protective clothing and equipment.

19) Observe projected photographs to locate particle tracks and events, and compile lists of events from particle detectors.

20) Place radioactive waste, such as sweepings and broken sample bottles, into containers for disposal.

21) Prepare reports describing contamination tests, material and equipment decontaminated, and methods used in decontamination processes.

22) Scan photographic emulsions exposed to direct radiation in order to compute track properties from standard formulas, using microscopes with scales and protractors.

23) Set up and operate machines that cut, lap, and polish test pieces, following blueprints, x-ray negatives, and sketches.

Job Description for "Nuclear Monitoring Technician" continued here...

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Duties / Tasks
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

"Nuclear Monitoring Technician"   Holland / RIASEC Career Code:  R-I-C        SOC:  19-4051.02


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