A.A.S. Energy Systems Nuclear Operations Technology, Licensed Operator Concentration

(2 Years)

Program Objectives:

  1. Apply a fundamental knowledge of mathematics, sciences (e.g. - physics, chemistry, and thermodynamics), and an understanding of the nuclear process while working in the nuclear industry.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical problem solving skills, with special emphasis on workplace, environmental, and safety concerns, to solve professional and technical challenges in the nuclear industry.
  3. Exhibit an understanding and adherence to the professional, social and ethical standards of the nuclear industry.
  4. Practice a commitment to be professionally and technically current with changing technologies in the nuclear industry through self-improvement and lifelong learning.
  5. Demonstrate communication and teamwork skills in diverse and multidisciplinary teams, while striving for increasing responsibilities and positions of leadership in the nuclear industry.

Student Outcomes:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences (physics, chemistry, thermodynamics and electrical sciences) to solve related problems.

  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of nuclear physics, reactor protection, design, materials and radiation protection to analyze and solve nuclear industry problems.

  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of nuclear plant system operations, plant components and an ability to interpret drawings during operational troubleshooting, and maintenance evolutions.

  4. Integrate and apply knowledge of nuclear technical material, safety procedures and operations to analyze abnormal, emergency and nuclear accident scenarios.

  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of Conduct of Operations.

  6. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication in individual and group environments.

  7. Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data; report findings including observations and appropriate recommendations.

  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the Federal, State and Local regulations, standards and rules applying to the nuclear industry, as well as safe work practices.

  9. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical responsibilities required in the nuclear industry.

10. Demonstrate the ability to provide leadership and function as a member of a team.

Students must register concurrently for the lab course associated with each theory course.

Program Admissions Requirements

Placement Test English Math
SAT 360 500
ACT 14 19
AccuPlacer 232

 General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 1 - ENGL 1101, ENGL 1101P or ENGL 11023
Objective 2 - COMM 11013
Objective 3 - MATH 1143, MATH 1153, MATH 1160 or MATH 11703
Objective 63
Any unfilled objective - TGE 12573
Total Credits15

Major Requirements 

ESET 0100Engineering Technology Orientation1
ESET 0100LEngineering Technology Orientation Lab1
ESET 0121Basic Electricity and Electronics4
ESET 0121LBasic Electricity and Electronics Laboratory3
ESET 0122Electrical Systems and Motor Control Theory3
ESET 0122LElectrical Systems and Motor Control Theory Laboratory1
ESET 0130Initial Operator Training and Student Operations4
ESET 0140Applied Technical Intermediate Algebra5
ESET 0152Nuclear Careers and Information1
ESET 0153Radiological Control Fundamentals3
ESET 0220Thermal Cycles and Heat Transfer2
ESET 0221Nuclear Steam Supply Systems2
ESET 0239Pumps, Valves, and Fluid Flow5
ESET 0239LPumps, Valves, and Fluid Flow Laboratory4
ESET 0242Practical Process Measurements and Control2
ESET 0248Power Plant Documentation and Procedures2
ESET 0249Reactor Plant Materials3
ESET 0260Nuclear Instrumentation2
ESET 0251Reactor Theory Safety and Design4
ESET 0279Conduct of Operations4
ESET 0280Capstone and Case Studies in Nuclear Engineering Technology2
General Education Objective 3: Complete one of the following 3
Statistical Reasoning
Survey of Calculus
Calculus I
Take one of the following:3
Introduction to Chemistry
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
COMM 1101Fundamentals of Oral Communication3
ENGL 1101Writing and Rhetoric I3
ENGL 1102Writing and Rhetoric II3
PHYS 1101
Elements of Physics
and Elements of Physics Laboratory
TGE 1257Applied Ethics in Technology3
General Education Objective 6 3
Total Credits83

 Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements0
General Education15
Major Requirements (General Education Credits not included)60
Free Electives0
Total Credits75

ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education for College of Technology

Major Academic Plan (MAP)