Vocational high school programs – Nuclear maintenance, operation, and logistics

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Program description

The vocational high school program in “Nuclear maintenance, logistics, and operation” prepares future technicians to become active members of operational teams working on nuclear facilities. This program trains future professionals to:
  • participate in nuclear logistics operations,
  • carry out preventive and corrective maintenance operations,
  • participate in nuclear waste management operations,
  • and participate in the dismantling of nuclear facilities.
Students learn how to carry out these activities while observing and enforcing the radiation protection, safety, security, and quality regulations in force in the nuclear industry. Working in the nuclear industry requires specific behavioral skills, such as rigor, availability, stability, leadership associated with proven interpersonal skills, adaptability and a sense of versatility, as well as communications skills. Upon graduation, young professionals are eligible for jobs with nuclear operators, suppliers, companies that manufacture or use radioactive sources, and safety and security organizations. Students can join this program either immediately after Junior High School or after the first year of High School. The program lasts two to three years and includes at the end of the 11th Grade (penultimate year of secondary education) a vocational certificate in “Industrial equipment and products maintenance”.

Learning outcomes

After graduating from the vocational high school program in “Nuclear maintenance, logistics, and operation”, young professionals are able to:
  • observe the constraints and regulations related to nuclear environment,
  • identify potential and actual risks,
  • report to their superiors about the development of operations,
  • ensure the disposal of (conventional or radioactive) waste,
  • control environmental parameters.

Jobs

  • industrial pipe insulator / scaffolder
  • sheet metal worker – pipefitter – welder
  • valve mechanic
  • turbine mechanic
  • radiation protection technician

— 1st year

Subject Schedule
Vocational training (maintenance) 13h/week
Math & science 5h/week
English 2h/week
Environment, health, and safety 1h/week
French, history, economics & business administration, sports, arts, etc. 11h/week
TOTAL 32h/week
 

— 2nd year

Subject Schedule
Vocational training (design and technology, radiation protection, maintenance, nuclear energy fundamentals) 14h/week
Math & science 4h/week
English 2h/week
Environment, health, and safety 1h/week
French, history, economics & business administration, sports, arts, etc. 11h/week
TOTAL 32h/week
 

— 3rd year

Subject Schedule
Vocational training (design and technology, radiation protection, maintenance, nuclear energy fundamentals) 14h/week
Math & science 4h/week
English 2h/week
Environment, health, and safety 1h/week
French, history, economics & business administration, sports, arts, etc. 11h/week
TOTAL 32h/week

Testimonials

“The theoretical approach of the advanced technician degree in “Operations in Nuclear Environments” is based on a set of subjects that addresses all fields (electricity, nuclear physics, mechanics, etc.). In practice, the internship periods and flow loop simulators provide us with hands-on understanding of nuclear facilities operation. I was thus able to start my career thanks to the acquisition of skills and of a professional network.”

Axelle Prévot
Graduate of the Advanced technician degree in “Operations in Nuclear Environments” (Class of 2015), Blaise Pascal Vocation High School
Advanced technician in radiation protection at CEA/CESTA

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Testimonials

Currently in his first year of advanced technician degree program in “Operations in Nuclear Environments”, Les Catalins High School
Apprentice at the EDF Cruas-Meysse NPP“I opted for the nuclear sector because there are great future work prospects in this industry. In high school, I completed the high school program in “Nuclear Maintenance, Operation, and Logistics” (called TIIN in France) at Les Catalins High School in Montélimar. In junior year, I passed a certificate in Industrial Equipment Maintenance. Thanks to my motivation and the support of my teachers during the three years of the program, I graduated high school with honors. I applied for apprentice positions with several NPPs in France to carry on my studies with an advanced technician degree in “Operations in Nuclear Environments” so I could continue gaining professional experience and deepen my knowledge of the field. I had interviews with EDF and had the chance to be offered an apprentice position at the EDF Cruas-Meysse NPP in the logistics section while I will be completing my off-the-job training at Les Catalins High School.”

Valentin Chabanis
High School Graduate of the “Nuclear Maintenance, Operation, and Logistics” high school program (TIIN, Class of 2018), Les Catalins High School

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