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Nuclear Technology Program Code 106241

Associate Degree

A Lakeshore Technical College program offered at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. For information call Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is eligible for financial aid ONLY through Lakeshore Technical College.

The increasing use of radiation and radioactive materials in today's world has created a demand for nuclear technicians. This demand is expected to remain high for years to come. The Nuclear Technology program offers students a unique opportunity to obtain the specialized training in demand by businesses and organizations licensed to utilize radioactive materials. It is also an excellent springboard for a four-year degree in the high-demand fields of Health Physics, Radiation Safety and Nuclear Engineering.

Nuclear technicians have a variety of career opportunities at businesses such as nuclear power facilities, radioactive waste handling facilities, radiopharmaceutical companies, universities and national laboratories, medical facilities, U. S. Department of Energy sites, hospitals, or emergency management organizations.

The Nuclear Technology program is a shared program between Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) in Cleveland, WI, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay, WI. Classes are offered in a traditional classroom setting using Interactive Television (ITV) methods to link the two Technical Colleges. For flexibility, some classes may be taken in an online format through LTC using established distance learning methods. The Nuclear Technology program is closely linked with the Radiation Safety Technician Certificate program at LTC.

Employment Potential

. Nuclear Power Facilities

. Radioactive Waste Handling Facilities

. Radiopharmaceutical Companies

. Universities and National Laboratories

. Medical Facilities

. U.S. Department of Energy Sites

. Hospitals

. Emergency Management

About Shared Programs

. NWTC will offer in-person courses at the Green Bay campus, with the following exceptions: courses denoted with (*) are delivered to NWTC from LTC via ITV/VC; courses denoted with (**) are offered only at LTC.
. Contact Lakeshore Technical College for all Benchmarks.
Fourth semester students may be required to travel to LTC 1 to 2 days per week-this is dependent on students enrollments.

Program Outcomes

. Work safely within industrial and radiological hazard areas.
. Understand and communicate nuclear technology-related concepts effectively in both oral and written formats.
. Diagnose equipment requiring electrical or mechanical repair and carry out preventive maintenance procedures.
. Perform radiological surveys for radiation and radioactive contamination.
. Follow procedures for operating and maintaining systems and equipment at nuclear facilities.
. Participate in applying nuclear technologies to a variety of industrial, medical, and research processes.
. Apply your knowledge in a variety of related occupational jobs, such as in reactor plant operations, maintenance, quality assurance, etc.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application at Lakeshore Technical College. Go to or call (888)468-6582


The Nuclear Technology Associate Degree is a two-year, six semester collaborative program between Lakeshore Technical College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Students will attend classes on the Green Bay campus and will take part in ITV classes sent from LTC to NWTC. Upon graduation a student will have completed 71 credits.


10-620-100 Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
10-620-101 Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics
*10-624-105 Health Physics Calculations
10-624-110 Nuclear Technology and Regs
10-660-104 DC 1: Introduction
10-660-105 DC 2: Circuits
10-801-136 English Composition 1
10-804-118 Interm Algebra w Apps

*10-624-114 Nuclear Systems and Sources
*10-624-122 Radiation Physics
10-624-123 Radiation Physics-Lab
10-660-107 AC 1: Properties
10-660-108 AC 2: Reactance
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-804-196 Trigonometry w Apps

*10-624-118 Radiation Biology
10-806-134 General Chemistry

*10-624-132 Radiological Emergencies
*10-624-133 Radioactive Material Managemen
*10-624-134 Radiation Shielding
**10-624-135 Radiation Shield-Lab
*10-624-149 Reactor Plant Components
10-806-154 General Physics 1
10-809-197 Contemporary Amer Society

**10-624-140 Radiochemistry
*10-624-145 Applied Health Physics
*10-624-148 Reactor Theory and Operations
**10-624-156 Nuclear Technology Internship
10-624-146 Applied Health Physics-Lab
10-809-198 Intro to Psychology



These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-620-100 FLUIDS 1: BASIC PNEUMATICS ...what fluid power is, differentiate between hydraulics and pneumatics, implement basic pneumatic circuits, utilize schematics, apply Pascal's Law, define properties of fluids, implement airflow control and hydraulics cylinder circuits.

10-620-101 FLUIDS 2: BASIC HYDRAULICS ...hydraulic pumps, basic hydraulics actuator circuits, hydraulic schematics, apply Pascal's Law, summarize the effects of fluids friction, define properties of hydraulic energy, design hydraulic circuits with directional control valves. (Corequisite: 10-620-100, Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics)

10-624-105 HEALTH PHYSICS CALCULATIONS AND STATISTICS ...prepares the learner to solve linear and exponential equations, logarithms, plot graphs, determine counting statistics and reliability, and work with geometry and trigonometry problems. (Condition: Nuclear Technology program; Corequisite: 10-624-110 Nuclear Technology & Regulations)

10-624-110 NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY AND REGULATIONS ...introduces the learner to atomic and nuclear structure; radioactivity and half-life; regulations standards; and Title 10 Parts 19, 20, 30 and 35 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

10-624-114 NUCLEAR SYSTEMS AND SOURCES ...introduces the learner to the major components of accelerators, lasers, isotope generators, nuclear gauging devices, X-ray tubes, nuclear reactors, and natural/background sources and the radiation hazards associated with them.

10-624-118 RADIATION BIOLOGY ...prepares the learner to convert measuring units and activity to dose rates, predict the effect of radiation on living cells and human organs, evaluate radiation risk, and calculate internal doses.

10-624-122 RADIATION PHYSICS ...introduces the learner to health physics-related physics, properties of radiation, detection and measuring radiation, and gas-filled and solid-state detectors.

10-624-123 RADIATION PHYSICS-LAB ...expands the learner's ability to perform calculations, select instruments, and analyze samples. This course is associated with 10-624-122, Radiation Physics.

10-624-132 RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCIES ...prepares the learner to plan and assist in emergencies involving radioactive material and radiation by calculating projected doses, collecting environmental samples, following emergency plans, and managing affected personnel.

10-624-133 RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL MANAGEMENT ...introduces the learner to the proper methods used to dispose of radioactive waste in liquid, solid, gaseous forms; determine waste classification, package/label requirements, proper type of transport container, shipment quantity classification, storage distance for people and film during shipments by rail/vessel/public roads, proper shipping name and UN number; completion of proper shipping papers; document materials inventory/shipments; evaluate methods used to process low level and high level waste.

10-624-134 RADIATION SHIELDING ...provides the learner with the skills to calculate radiation attenuation from various geometric radioactive sources, determine the effect of neutron radiation on materials, and estimate the exposure rate from various sources.

10-624-135 RADIATION SHIELD - LAB ...expands the learner's ability to perform shielding of ionizing radiation sources and to measure the penetration of alpha beta and gamma radiation.

10-624-140 RADIOCHEMISTRY ...prepares the learner to separate dissolved, suspended, liquid, and ionic radioactive components; perform qualitative and quantitative analysis of samples; and prevent the production of radioactive material by using proper chemical control.

10-624-145 APPLIED HEALTH PHYSICS ...prepares the learner to issue dosimetry, calculate neutron dose, monitor personal exposure, calculate radioactive airborne activity concentration, estimate radioactive, airborne concentration, issue respirators, determine contamination levels, recommend protective clothing, reduce the spread of contamination, conduct an ALARA audit, reduce the total radiation exposure, maintain records and estimate exposure to internal organs.

10-624-146 APPLIED HEALTH PHYSICS-LAB ...expands the learner's ability to perform applied health physics tasks as covered in Applied Health Physics, 10-624-145. This course is associated with 10-624-145.

10-624-148 REACTOR THEORY AND OPERATIONS ...introduces the learner to the basic reactor types, the fission process, reactivity/criticality, reactor kinetics, heat removal, residual/decay heat, basic reactor types, nuclear plant water chemistry, and reactor thermodynamics.

10-624-149 REACTOR PLANT COMPONENTS ...introduces basic mechanical and electrical components used by nuclear power plants such as different types of piping, valves, pumps, ejectors, filters, turbines, heat exchangers, compressors, lubrication systems, valve actuators, breakers, transformers, relays, and other equipment.

10-624-156 NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP ... internship enhances the student's ability to apply technical skills to work productively, communicate effectively, and demonstrate appropriate ethics and behavior in a professional workplace environment.

10-660-104 DC 1: INTRODUCTION ...introduction to the concepts of DC electricity and simple series circuits. Voltage, current, resistance, Ohm's Law, power and Kirchoff's Voltage Law are defined.

10-660-105 DC 2: CIRCUITS ...analysis of parallel and series-parallel circuits. Application of Kirchoff's Current Law to parallel circuit combinations. Introduction of current sources and source conversions. (Corequisites: 10-804-118, Interim Algebra w Apps OR equivalent; 10-660-104, DC 1: Intro)

10-660-107 AC 1: PROPERTIES ...introduction to the properties of capacitors and inductors including types and behavior in switching circuits. Inductor basics include a study of magnetic fields. (Prerequisite: 10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits; Corequisite: 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps)

10-660-108 AC 2: REACTANCE of the way inductive, capacitive and resistive components behave in a circuit excited by a sine waveform. Effective and average values of the sinewave are derived. (Corequisite: 10-660-107, AC 1: Properties)

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=74 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-118 INTERM ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS ...algebra content with applications. Topics include properties of real numbers, order of operations, algebraic solution for linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomial and rational expressions, operations with rational exponents and radicals, algebra of inverse, logarithmic and exponential functions. (Prerequisites: Compass Algebra = 45 or ACT-Math 21 or 10-834-110, Elem Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better AND Compass-Reading=70 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 4 cr.

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Compass Reading=70 AND Compass Writing Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-196 TRIGONOMETRY WITH APPLICATIONS ...topics include circular functions, graphing of trigonometry functions, identities, equations, trigonometric functions of angles, inverse functions, solutions of triangles complex numbers, DeMoivre's Theorem, polar coordinates, and vectors. (Prerequisites: Compass College Algebra=60 or ACT-Math=24 or 10-804-118, Intermediate Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better AND Compass Reading=70 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Introduction to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-806-154 GENERAL PHYSICS 1 ...applications/theory of basic physics principles: problem-solving, laboratory investigation, and applications including unit conversion and analysis, vectors, translational and rotational kinematics/dynamics, heat/temperature, and harmonic motion and waves. (Prerequisites: Compass Reading=77 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills AND Compass Pre-Algebra 27 OR ACT Math=15 OR 10-834-109, Pre-Algebra w “C” or better or equivalent) 4 cr.

10-809-197 CONTEMPORARY AMER SOCIETY...the major social institutions within the American society: government, family, education, religion, and economic system. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-806-134 GENERAL CHEMISTRY ...covers chemistry fundamentals. Topics: metric system, problem-solving, periodic relationships, chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, properties of water; acids, bases, and salts; and gas laws. (Prerequisites: Compass Pre-Algebra=27 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Compass Reading=77 or ACT-Reading=17 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 4 cr.

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