Online Nuclear Power Generation Graduate Certificate

A nuclear power generation graduate certificate is a valuable credential for engineers and scientists who want to start working or advance in this field. The certificate covers nuclear energy, engineering and more. By completing this program, you can build the specialized knowledge and talents needed to access more career opportunities related to nuclear power.

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Next start date: 01/10/2022


Total classes: 5

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 15

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What degree do you need to work in a nuclear power plant?

Educational requirements for nuclear power plant employees vary based on role. Many positions, however, require some form of college education related to nuclear energy.

This nuclear power generation certificate teaches you the fundamentals of nuclear energy, engineering and nuclear power plant operation. This knowledge is a requirement for some nuclear power plant positions and is essential for building your career in nuclear energy over the long term. The certificate can also prepare you for graduate degree programs in nuclear engineering, which opens up more opportunities in the field.

How do I become a nuclear power reactor operator?

 

Becoming a nuclear power plant operator involves:

  • Building work experience in a nuclear power plant.
  • Completing nuclear power reactor operator training.
  • Passing a series of tests to show competency, both with nuclear power in general and within a specific plant.
  • Earning a license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

A nuclear power generation certificate can set you apart from other candidates when seeking an operator position. The advanced knowledge you build in this program can also prepare you for the testing and certification process required of all reactor operators.

Who should consider earning a nuclear power generation certificate?

 

If you have a strong background in science and math as well as an interest in nuclear power generation, you are likely a good fit for this program. The top candidates will have an electrical or nuclear engineering degree, but these credentials are not required. Many professionals in nuclear power come from other scientific disciplines. It is common for students who have the needed math and science background to complete this certificate without previous nuclear power experience.

This certificate can be completed on its own for professional development or in tandem with an online master’s degree program. If you decide to pair this certificate with an engineering master’s degree you’ll be able to gain a broad skill set across disciplines and leverage engineering courses to complete both programs.

Will my nuclear power generation certificate say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Featured nuclear power generation certificate courses

This multidisciplinary professional certificate brings together courses to focus on relevant concepts in nuclear power generation. Topics like operations and safety, reactor theory and design, nuclear power plant dynamics and more are all areas of emphasis. Elective courses support the specialization of your degree. Featured courses include:


Core

Interdisciplinary Nuclear Power Operations


Core

Nuclear Reactor System Dynamics and Diagnostics


Core

Nuclear Reactor Theory and Design


Elective

Nuclear Power Engineering


Elective

Electrical Power Plants


What are some careers in nuclear science?

A nuclear power generation certificate supports many career goals in this field. It can offer valuable context before beginning nuclear power reactor operator training. With this certificate, you can also seek nuclear operations and engineering jobs or pursue a graduate degree in this field. Potential careers, some of which may require additional education, include:

Emergency management director

Nuclear engineer

Nuclear equipment technician

Nuclear power reactor operator

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Of the 350+ faculty members in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:

  • National Academy of Engineering members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member.
  • National Academy of Inventors members.
  • National Academy of Construction members.
  • More than 42 NSF CAREER Awards for early career faculty in the last five years.

Experienced and exceptional engineers supporting students

Of the 350+ faculty members in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:

  • National Academy of Engineering members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member.
  • National Academy of Inventors members.
  • National Academy of Construction members.
  • More than 42 NSF CAREER Awards for early career faculty in the last five years.

Nuclear power generation certificate admission requirements

Applicants to the nuclear power generation graduate certificate program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

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Each student is fully supported on their path to success in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. We have received peer-reviewed programmatic honors from the U.S. News & World Report and provide students with a rich learning environment.

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bachelor’s degrees awarded to underrepresented minorities (American Society for Engineering Education 2019).

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undergraduate engineering programs.

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Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

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