What’s this career all about?
A nuclear engineer researches and develops new applications for nuclear energy and radiation. These new applications include spacecraft, ships, agricultural equipment, and certain medical technology (e.g. the cyclotron, which provides high energy beams to treat cancerous tumours).
What kind of courses do Nuclear Engineers study in school?
- Principles of Fusion Energy
- Nuclear Plant Design and Simulation
- Nuclear Fuel Cycles
- Nuclear Medicine
What are some cool projects that Nuclear Engineers get to work on?
- Overseeing construction on nuclear power plants
- Designing an X-Ray/MRI machine
- Designing new ways of harnessing nuclear fusion power (a renewable energy source).
What are qualities of a Nuclear Engineer?
- Excellent critical thinking skills
How do Nuclear Engineers contribute to making the world a better place?
Nuclear engineers contribute to making the world a better place in many ways. First of all, they develop new ways of harnessing nuclear power and try to reduce the effects on the environment. This is really helpful to our society. They also work to keep us safe from the potentially harmful effects of radiation. Finally, they develop new technology that can help us, such as diagnostic imaging or cancer-fighting radiation.