Advanced technician degree programs – Operations in nuclear environments

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Continuing Education

Program description

Graduates from the advanced technician degree program in “Operations in nuclear environments” participate in the day-to-day activities of nuclear facilities to ensure their proper operation and maintenance from their commissioning to their operation, and dismantling in the following areas:
  • maintenance (mechanical, valves, electricity, etc.) under normal conditions and in controlled zone,
  • logistics,
  • radiological cleanliness,
  • removal and management of nuclear waste,
  • storage and final disposal of nuclear waste,
  • dismantling of all or part of workshops or equipment
They have a strong safety culture and always have human and organizational performance in mind in order to best carry out their tasks in the above-mentioned areas. Upon graduation, young professionals have sufficient knowledge to supervise the proper development of maintenance, renovation, waste removal and management works and to participate in upstream studies for certain activities related to the life or renovation of nuclear facilities. They are eligible for jobs with nuclear engineering, research, or utility companies, with any company using radioactive sources, as well as with suppliers and service providers. After some experience, they can be assigned to teams in charge of operational studies or technical purchase advisory teams in the frame of calls for tender. They can also become site managers or account managers in various fields, such as radiation protection, mechanics, waste, fuels, etc. After graduation, students may also chose to pursue a vocational Bachelor's degree or an engineering degree.

Learning outcomes

After graduating from the advanced technician degree program in “Operations in nuclear environments”, young professionals are able to:
  • analyze work tasks and assess the potential risks they cause;
  • plan and supervise work progress;
  • monitor work, conventional and radiological risks;
  • carry out activities under radiological conditions;
  • communicate, inform, and report.

Jobs

  • Radiation protection technician
  • Logistics/waste technician
  • Maintenance technician
  • Valve mechanic
  • Planner

— 1st year

Subject Schedule
General technical disciplines relevant to nuclear power 214h/year
Radiation protection (rules, regulations, implementation) 120h/year
Quality, certification 104h/year
Nuclear safety 30h/year
Nuclear physics & radiation-matter interaction 30h/year
Operation & maintenance of nuclear facilities 24h/year
Measurement & instrumentation, control systems, accelerators 20h/year
The Cycle: from mining to waste disposal, thermal and fast reactors 16h/year
Waste management & conditioning 16h/year
Occupational health & safety 12h/year

— 2nd year

Subject Schedule
General technical disciplines relevant to nuclear power 180h/year
Dismantling & deconstruction (reactors, facilities) 102h/year
Radiation protection (rules, regulations, implementation) 52h/year
Waste management & conditioning 24h/year
Nuclear safety 21h/year
Quality, certification 18h/year
Management of facilities (HR, budget) 16h/year
Project management, cost & schedule 16h/year
Occupational health & safety 12h/year
Operation & maintenance of nuclear facilities 12h/year

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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

Testimonials

“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 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

Testimonials

« I joined the advanced technician degree program in “Operations in Nuclear Environments” after two years of physics at university. The program allowed me to mix technical knowledge and practical applications during on-the-job training in the company. The advantage of apprenticeship is that it enables us to carry on with our studies after high school while discovering the business world and all its related issues. The support of the teachers enabled me to feel at ease during both off-the-job training at school and on-the-job training in the company. The theory classes enabled me to discover all areas of the nuclear industry and provided me with sound knowledge that I was able to put in practice during working hours. Apprenticeship is an excellent way to carry on with higher education while working and acquiring professional skills. Upon graduation, I was hired as a security & radiation protection officer with Orano at the Fessenheim NPP. I’m now heading towards new adventures as I am joining CERN, in Geneva, as a radiation protection & transport engineer.” Claire Robin Graduate of the Advanced technician degree in “Operations in Nuclear Environments” (Class of 2016), Paul-Emile Victor High School Radiation protection & transport engineer at CERN

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