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This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Nuclear Engineer. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Nuclear Engineer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Nuclear Engineer Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Incorporated nuclear engineers hold senior positions in nuclear power stations, operating and maintaining equipment supplying nuclear power. They may also be involved in the production of nuclear-powered engines, as used in the marine industry.

The projects they work on include the design, construction and dismantling of nuclear power stations and machinery. Some engineers also work on the generation of radioactive substances used by the medical and military professions. Many are involved in lecturing and training new nuclear engineers, working in university or government research departments.

Incorporated nuclear engineers must work in accordance with safety regulations, and have an understanding of the effects of nuclear energy on the local environment.

Hours and Environment

The work may include weekends and evenings depending on priorities and deadlines. Some work on a seven-day shift system.

Work mainly takes place in nuclear power stations and is usually indoors. Conditions can be hot and cramped, and involves use of protective clothing.

Skills and Interests

To be an incorporated nuclear engineer you should:

  • be interested in science and technology
  • have an analytical mind and a logical approach to problem-solving
  • have relevant technical skills and the ability to work accurately and efficiently
  • be highly numerate and have strong IT skills
  • have managerial skills, both with people and projects
  • be an adept communicator, both verbally and in writing
  • have manual dexterity and normal colour vision.


A BEng or MEng engineering degree is required. A small number of incorporated nuclear engineers hold a specific nuclear engineering degree, but the nuclear energy industry draws on many different engineering skills in the building and operation of nuclear power stations and systems. Entry requirements for a degree course is five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) including maths, English and a science plus at least two A levels/three Highers. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

Senior and research posts often require applicants to hold a postgraduate degree. Those with relevant training and experience in the Armed Forces or Merchant Navy may enter the profession.


Incorporated engineer (IEng) status is conferred by the Engineering Council UK, and is awarded after registration as an Associate Member of the Institution of Nuclear Engineers. Following further training and extensive experience in the nuclear power industry, engineers can apply for membership of the Institution of Nuclear Engineers.

The Council offers its own examination as an alternative route for engineers with non-accredited degrees, who wish to undertake further qualifications to meet the required standard to apply to become an incorporated or chartered engineer of the Council.


There are currently fourteen nuclear power stations in operation throughout the UK, both advanced gas-cooled reactors and pressurised water-cooled reactors. Promotion to senior posts is based on ability and skills.

An increasing number of engineers now work on a freelance basis or on short-term contracts.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Income for new graduate engineers is about £19,000 a year.
Experienced engineers with qualifications and professional association membership usually earn about £35,000.
Senior chartered engineers can earn more than £40,000.

Further information

The Institution of Nuclear Engineers
Allan House
1 Penerley Road

Engineering Council UK
10 Maltravers Street
Tel: 020 7240 7891

SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) *
14 Upton Road
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0808 100 3682

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website:

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