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    Nuclear Monitoring Technicians

    Collect and test samples to monitor results of nuclear experiments and contamination of humans, facilities, and environment.

    Calibrate and maintain chemical instrumentation sensing elements and sampling system equipment, using calibration instruments and hand tools. Collect samples of air, water, gases, and solids in order to determine radioactivity levels of contamination. Determine intensities and types of radiation in work areas, equipment, and materials, using radiation detectors and other instruments. Determine or recommend radioactive decontamination procedures, according to the size and nature of equipment and the degree of contamination. Immerse samples in chemical compounds in order to prepare them for testing. Inform supervisors when individual exposures or area radiation levels approach maximum permissible limits. Monitor personnel in order to determine the amounts and intensities of radiation exposure. Operate manipulators from outside cells to move specimens into and out of shielded containers, to remove specimens from cells, or to place specimens on benches or equipment work stations. Place irradiated nuclear fuel materials in environmental chambers for testing, and observe reactions through cell windows. Provide initial response to abnormal events and to alarms from radiation monitoring equipment. Set up equipment that automatically detects area radiation deviations, and test detection equipment in order to ensure its accuracy. Test materials' physical, chemical, or metallurgical properties, using equipment such as tensile testers, hardness testers, metallographic units, micrometers, and gauges. Weigh and mix decontamination chemical solutions in tanks, and immerse objects in solutions for specified times, using hoists. Calculate safe radiation exposure times for personnel, using plant contamination readings and prescribed safe levels of radiation. Confer with scientists directing projects in order to determine significant events to monitor during tests. Decontaminate objects by cleaning with soap or solvents or by abrading with wire brushes, buffing wheels, or sandblasting machines. Enter data into computers in order to record characteristics of nuclear events and locating coordinates of particles. Instruct personnel in radiation safety procedures, and demonstrate use of protective clothing and equipment. Observe projected photographs to locate particle tracks and events, and compile lists of events from particle detectors. Place radioactive waste, such as sweepings and broken sample bottles, into containers for disposal. Prepare reports describing contamination tests, material and equipment decontaminated, and methods used in decontamination processes. Scan photographic emulsions exposed to direct radiation in order to compute track properties from standard formulas, using microscopes with scales and protractors. Set up and operate machines that cut, lap, and polish test pieces, following blueprints, x-ray negatives, and sketches.

    Physics -- Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes. Mathematics -- Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. Public Safety and Security -- Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. Chemistry -- Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. Education and Training -- Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. English Language -- Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. Communications and Media -- Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media. Engineering and Technology -- Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. Computers and Electronics -- Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    Science -- Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. Mathematics -- Using mathematics to solve problems. Operation Monitoring -- Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. Reading Comprehension -- Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Critical Thinking -- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Operation and Control -- Controlling operations of equipment or systems. Writing -- Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. Monitoring -- Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. Active Listening -- Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Judgment and Decision Making -- Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. Ability Requirements for:

    Problem Sensitivity -- The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. Control Precision -- The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. Near Vision -- The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). Oral Expression -- The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. Inductive Reasoning -- The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). Written Comprehension -- The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. Number Facility -- The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. Oral Comprehension -- The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. Information Ordering -- The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). Mathematical Reasoning -- The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

    Getting Information -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings -- Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events -- Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. Controlling Machines and Processes -- Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). Handling and Moving Objects -- Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards -- Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. Processing Information -- Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. Analyzing Data or Information -- Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People -- Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.