Missouri University of Science and Technology
Nuclear engineers develop and promote the utilization of energy released from nuclear fission, fusion, and the decay of radioisotopes. Nuclear engineers work in the areas of nuclear reactor design, plant licensing, plant operations, fuel management and development, radioactive waste disposal, health physics, instrumentation and control, fusion research, space nuclear power, weaponry systems, and applications of radioisotopes in industry, biotechnology, medicine and research.
Currently, there are more than 100 nuclear power plants operating in the United States, producing over 20 percent of our nation’s electricity and using nuclear fission to produce this energy. This technology reduces emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas, by about 20 percent each year. In addition, nuclear reactors are used for the propulsion of submarines and aircraft carriers.
Radioisotopes are used in industry and research, and in medicine for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The medical use of radioisotopes and X-rays saves hundreds of thousands of lives every year throughout the world. Radioisotopes are also used in small power generators for space missions. All deep space missions use communication systems that are powered by Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs).
Where do nuclear engineers work?
Graduates work for electrical power companies, reactor manufacturers companies, architecture/construction companies, consulting firms, national research laboratories (like Argonne, FermiLabs, Battelle, Los Alamos, and Oak Ridge), or for the federal government (with agencies like the CIA, DOD, DOE, EPA, FBI, or the Nuclear Regulatory Commission).
Missouri S&T's Nuclear Engineering program has been ABET accredited since 1960.
Missouri S&T operates an on-campus nuclear research reactor for students.
Nuclear engineers enjoy a strong job market. Demand for young nuclear engineers is outpacing the supply of college grads.
Our on-campus reactor was the 1st in the state.
S&T's Nuclear Engineering summer camp can help you explore the profession.
Average starting salary for S&T nuclear engineering grads: $62,438.