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Maintenance Engineer

Industry: Energy
Area: Nuclear

Maintenance Engineers keep plant machinery in optimal condition to ensure reliable plant operation, to keep the plant producing electricity as long as possible, and to avoid unscheduled plant shutdowns. They oversee and advise on the routine maintenance, including scheduled replacement of worn parts. They also conduct equipment failure analysis and recommend corrective actions to improve reliability.

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.


A Bachelor's degree in engineering or a professional engineer's license is required.

Job Outlook

Maintenance Engineers are expected to have employment growth about as fast as the average for all occupations though 2014. 


Annual Salary varies from $70,000 to $80,000.

Work Schedule

Most 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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