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Civil/Structural Engineer

Industry: Energy
Area: Nuclear

Civil/Structural Engineers ensure the physical integrity of the plant structures, including the containment building and radiation shielding for the nuclear reactor. They ascertain that the structure will safely handle the loads produced by the ordinary operation of the plant, that in an accident the reactor core remains intact and safely cooled, and that the structures will safely withstand extreme-magnitude natural events, such as a hurricanes or earthquakes. Civil/structural engineers will make sure plant equipment is installed properly so that the plant will generates electricity under normal conditions. They will also review any addition of plant equipment loads and drilling in walls to ensure that an adequate design margin of safety remains.

Work Settings

A nuclear power plant is not all that different from coal, oil, or gas fired plants. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), part of our government, licenses the use of nuclear material and inspects users to make sure they follow the rules for safety.

Education

A bachelor's degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level Civil/Structural Engineering jobs.

Job Outlook

Chemical engineers are expected to have employment growth about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014.

Salary

The average salary for Civil/Structural Engineers is $72,000 and the median salary is $68,000. The entry level salary is $50,000. Wages for experienced Civil/Structural Engineers are $83,000.

Work Schedule

Many engineers work a standard 40-hour week. At times, deadlines or design standards may bring extra pressure to a job, requiring engineers to work longer hours.

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