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

(2.5 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 Math
ACT 19
SAT 500
Program entry requires the successful completion of the following prerequisite courses, or equivalents:
Objective 1 - ENGL 1101 or ENGL 11023
Objective 23
ESET 1100Engineering Technology Orientation1
ESET 1100LIntroduction to an Industrial Environment Laboratory1
ESET 1140Applied Technical Intermediate Algebra5
or MATH 1147 Precalculus
ESET 1152Nuclear Careers and Information1
ESET 1153Radiological Control Fundamentals3
Total Credits17

General Education

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

Objective 1 - ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 16
Objective 2 3
Objective 3 - MATH 1143, MATH 1147, MATH 1153, MATH 1160, MATH 1170, or MGT 2216 13-5
Objective 4- TGE 12573
Objective 5 - PHYS 1101 & PHYS 1101L and CHEM 1101 or CHEM 1111 & CHEM 1111L7-9
Objective 63
Total Credits25-29

 “P” courses are equivalent to the original course.

Major Requirements 

ESET 1121Basic Electricity and Electronics4
ESET 1121LBasic Electricity and Electronics Laboratory3
ESET 1122Electrical Systems and Motor Control Theory3
ESET 1122LElectrical Systems and Motor Control Theory Laboratory1
ESET 1130Initial Operator Training and Student Operations4
ESET 1152Nuclear Careers and Information1
ESET 2220Thermal Cycles and Heat Transfer2
ESET 2221Nuclear Steam Supply Systems2
ESET 2239Pumps, Valves, and Fluid Flow5
ESET 2239LPumps, Valves, and Fluid Flow Laboratory4
ESET 2242Practical Process Measurements and Control2
ESET 2248Power Plant Documentation and Procedures2
ESET 2249Reactor Plant Materials3
ESET 2260Nuclear Instrumentation2
ESET 2251Reactor Theory Safety and Design4
ESET 2279Conduct of Operations4
ESET 2280Capstone and Case Studies in Nuclear Engineering Technology2
General Education Objective 1: Must complete both6
Writing and Rhetoric I
Writing and Rhetoric II
General Education Objective 3: Complete one of the following 3-5
Precalculus I: Algebra
Statistical Reasoning
Survey of Calculus
Calculus I
Business Statistics
General Education Objective 4:
TGE 1257Applied Ethics in Technology3
General Education Objective 5: Complete the following7-9
Introduction to Chemistry
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
Elements of Physics
and Elements of Physics Laboratory
Total Credits67-71

 Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements (General Education Credits not included)11
General Education25-29
Major Requirements (General Education Credits not included)48
Free Electives0
Total Credits84-88

ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education for College of Technology

Major Academic Plan (MAP)