Nuclear Technology Courses

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NT 111|Basic Nuclear Math & Physics

5 Credits

Introduction to basic nuclear concepts using mathematics and physics; includes concepts of dimensional analysis, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, mechanical principles, simple machines, including definitions, and basic concepts. Industrial and science applications of nuclear processes, and risk/benefit analysis are included.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: grade of 2.0 or better in MATH 095 or MATH 050 or MATH 070 or satisfactory placement test score.

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NT 114|Introduction to Radiation Safety

5 Credits

Topics include types of radiation, radioactive decay, activity, radioactive sources, and interaction of radiation with matter, radiation units, and basic fundamentals of exposure, dose, and personnel dose. The course includes an opportunity to practice basic radiation protection tasks.

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NT 121|Reactor Plant Operations

4 Credits

Introduction to the basics of reactor plant operations. Topics include basic computer operations and knowledge of basic systems associate with a nuclear power plant.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: admission to the Nuclear Technology program.

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NT 122|Basic Nuclear Facilities

4 Credits

Introduction to tank farms, vitrification, and decommissioning nuclear facilities.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: admission to the Nuclear Technology program.

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NT 131|Nuclear Facility Components

4 Credits

Introduction to basic mechanical and electrical components used by nuclear power plants such as different types of piping, valves, pumps, ejectors, filters, turbines, heat exchangers, compressors, lubrication systems, valve actuators, breakers, transformers, relays, and other equipment.

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NT 141|Basic Reactor Safety, Theory, & Operations

5 Credits

Introduction to the fission process, reactivity/criticality, basic reactor kinetics, heat removal, reactor types, nuclear power plant chemistry, and elementary thermodynamics. In addition, basic radiation worker training is provided in this course.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NT 121 or NT 122.

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NT 142|Basic Nuclear Safety & Environmental Compliance

5 Credits

An introduction to nuclear facility safety, accident analysis, and environmental regulations and compliance standards.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NT 121 or NT 122.

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NT 150|Internship Seminar

1 Credit

This class focuses on preparation for the internship. Topics include workplace expectations, safety, and communication skills. Evaluation methods for the internship are explained and discussed.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: currently enrolled in the NT program or instructor permission.

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NT 152|Internship

1–5 Credits

Students serve an internship of up to 165 hours with a company that uses nuclear technicians in radiation protection, nuclear reactor operations, or nuclear reactor maintenance. Students are expected to apply learned skills and training to be a productive employee and the employer is expected to place students in an environment that builds on the first year of study and enhances knowledge of working in the nuclear industry.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NT 150 or instructor/department chair approval.

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NT 154|Industry Project

1–5 Credits

Students complete an industry project with a company that uses nuclear technicians. Students are expected to apply learned skills and training to be productive employees, and employers are expected to create a project that builds on the students' first year of study and enhances the students' knowledge of working in the nuclear industry. Thirty-three field-based experience hours equals one credit.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: instructor/departmental chair approval.

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NT 160|Nuclear Chemistry

3 Credits

Designed to give students a broad understanding of nuclear chemistry. Focuses on basic reactor water chemistry fundamentals, basic material properties, brittle fracture characteristics/mechanisms, and plant material problems.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: CHEM& 140.

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NT 170|Mechanical & Fluid Power Transmission

4 Credits

Formerly MEC 111

Introduction to the concepts of mechanical and fluid power transmission including principles of heat, steam, heat transfer, and fluid flow.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NT 111.

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NT 200|Nuclear Industry Exam Preparation

3 Credits

This course prepares nuclear technology students for taking multiple industry exams, which may include DOE Core Exam, POSS, or other exams as may be required by industry employers.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: must be enrolled as a Nuclear Technology student.

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NT 261|Nuclear Facilities Management

5 Credits

This course provides students with background in managing work functions in nuclear facilities, including compliance with federal and state regulations, quality assurances, and maintenance forms and records. This class should be taken during or after the second year of study in the Nuclear Technology program.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: instructor permission.

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