Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Nuclear Technology
There are currently three degree options:
Degree options are determined by local and national industry demand, and are subject to change. These options provide concentrated training in a variety of nuclear technologies. Graduates of the program can work within the nuclear industry in areas such as the continued safe and economical operation of existing nuclear power plants and processing facilities, disposal of nuclear waste, and other advanced industrial applications of nuclear technology. Instrumentation and Control Tech and Power Plant Operator options have the added bonus of receiving transferable skills that allow them to also work in industries such as: energy generation, process operations, and manufacturing.
CBC works closely with the nuclear industry, both locally and nationally, to develop the next generation of nuclear workers. As one of 36 Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Programs (NUCP) in the United States, CBC and Energy Northwest partner to assure that the CBC Nuclear Technology program is aligned with the needs of the nuclear power industry and are consistent with the established standards for accredited utility training programs so that all graduates have the same basic knowledge necessary to be successful power plant workers.
CBC offers the National Academy for Nuclear Training (NANT) certificate. This national certification is earned beyond the AAS degree in Nuclear Technology, and if achieved, affirms a graduate’s skills and knowledge for the respective ACAD 08-006 curriculum and training position for two years after the issue date.
Program Funding & Support
CBC offers the Nuclear Technology program without state funding. The program is supported by student fees and several grants from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Department of Energy (DOE). A NRC Minority Serving Institution Outreach/Retention grant recently expired in January 2013.
Program development has been guided by 15 members of a program planning committee representing organizations such as AREVA, CHPRC – CH2MHill Plateau Remediation Company, Central Washington Building and Construction Trades Council, Energy Northwest, HAMMER, IBEW Local 77, TFE -Technical and Field Engineering, Inc., WRPS - Washington River Protection Solutions, and PNNL - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
These organizations have also provided a variety of scholarship, internship, hands-on learning, and employment opportunities to CBC Nuclear Technology students.
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