What is Nuclear Power?

istock_000014090115medium_jpg.jpgNuclear power is a type of nuclear technology involving the controlled use of nuclear fission to release energy for the generation of electricity. Nuclear energy is produced by a controlled nuclear chain reaction which creates heat-and which is used to boil water, produce steam, and drive a steam turbine. The turbine is used to generate electricity and/or to do mechanical work.

Prospective students should be prepared for the physical demands of the work of entry-level technician positions when considering this program.
Typical industry entry-level position requirements include passing a physical exam, which may include: lifting 50+ pounds, climbing ladders, working in confined spaces, heights, etc. When applying for jobs applicants may also be required to pass a drug screen and an eye exam, including the ability to distinguish between colors accurately.

The Nuclear Power Technology program at Bismarck State College offers two tracks towars an Associate of Applied Science degree.  One track is a non-licensed operator, and the other is an Instrumentation & Control track.  The I&C track may only be pursued by students currently employed in the nuclear power industry.  The first year of the program is the same for both tracks. An individual who has previously completed the NUPT degree through Bismarck State College may complete the I&C track for training purposes, but will not be awarded an additional degree.