Nuclear Technology Associate Degree

Program Code: 106241

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. Nuclear Technology is a shared program between Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) and NWTC. Classes are offered in a traditional classroom setting using interactive television methods to link the two technical colleges. For flexibility, some classes may be taken in an online format through 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


Requirements for Program Entry

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

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020
Green Bay
Shared Program
Sturgeon Bay
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 71credits.
10-624-105 HEALTH PHYSICS CALCULATIONS AND STATISTICS ...prepares the learner to solve linear and exponential equations, logarithms, plot graphs, determine counting statistics and instrument reliability, and work with geometry and trigonometry problems. (Co-Requisite: 10-624-110 Radioactivity and Regulations)
10-624-110 RADIOACTIVITY AND REGULATIONS ..introduces the learner to atomic and nuclear structure; radioactivity and basic dosimetry; regulation standards, including 10CFR 19, 20, etc. (Co-Requisite: 10-624-105 Health Physics Calcs & Stats)
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 2400; OR Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
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: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-624-114 NUCLEAR SOURCES AND SYSTEMS ...introduces the learner to the major components of natural/man-made background sources, x-ray tubes and applications, medical-use radioactive materials, accelerators, nuclear gauging devices, non-ionization radiations, and power/research nuclear reactors and associated health physics topics. (Prerequisite: 10-624-110 Radioactivity and Regulations)
10-624-122 RADIATION PHYSICS ...introduces the learner to health physics-related physics, including the properties of radiation; interactions of radiation with matters; basic principles of radiation detection and measurement; and different kinds of radiation detectors; i.e., gas-filled and solid-state detectors. (Prerequisite: 10-624-110 Radioactivity and Regulations, 10-624-105 Health Physics Calc & Stats, and 10-804-113 College Tech Math 1A)
10-624-123 RADIATION PHYSICS-LAB ...expands the learners ability to perform calculations, select instruments, and analyze radioactive samples. This course is associated with 10-624-122, Radiation Physics. (Co-Requisite: 10-624-122 Radiation Physics and Prerequisite: 10-801-195 Written Communications)
10-624-103 NUCLEAR DC AND AC APPLICATIONS... prepares nuclear, radiation safety, and health physics learners to apply direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) concepts and laws; perform calculations and measurements to identify basic electrical terms, symbols, units, etc.; apply the electrical laws (such as, Ohm’s law, Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws); to analyze DC/AC electronic circuit, power, etc.; to analyze AC waveform (including single-phase versus three-phase), batteries, chargers, etc. (Prerequisite: 10-624-105 Health Physics Calcs & Stats)
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: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
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. (Prerequisite: 10-624-110 Radioactivity and Regulations, 10-624-105 Health Phys Calc/Stats, 10-624-114 Nuclear Systems and Sources, 10-624-122 Rad Physics, 10-624-123 Rad Phys-Lab, and 10-804-113 College Tech Math 1A)
10-624-149 REACTOR PLANT COMPONENTS ...provides the learner with the fundamentals of heat transfer and fluid flow, and properties of reactor plant materials. The course introduces basic mechanical and electrical components used in 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. (Prerequisites: 10-624-110 Radioactivity and Regulations, 10-624-105 Health Physics Calculations & Statistics, 10-804-113 College Technical Math 1A and Corequisite: 10-624-114 Nuclear Systems and Sources)
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. (Prereq: 2.6 GPA & Alg 2 or equiv w/C or better; OR placement value of 3400; OR Accuplacer Reading greater/equal to 80, Arith greater/equal to 65, & Elem Alg greater/equal to 61; OR ACT Reading greater/equal to 17 & Math greater/equal to 21; OR Coll Tech Math 1A OR Int Alg w/C or better)
10-624-133 (LTC 10-624-138) RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL MANAGEMENT ...introduces the learner to the proper methods used to dispose of radioactive waste in liquid, solid, gaseous forms; determine waste classification, evaluate methods used to process low-level and high-level waste, determine the package/label requirements, proper type of transport container, shipment quantity classification, storage distance from 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. (Prerequisite: 10-624-105 Health Physics Calc & Statistics, 10-624-110 Radioactivity and Regulations, 10-624-114 Nuclear Systems & Sources)
10-624-132 (LTC 10-624-133) RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCIES ...teaches the learner to understand a radiological emergency, which is displaced radioactive substances in solid, liquid, or gaseous forms in amounts resulting in doses to workers, the public, or the environment, that exceeds company, state, and federal limits or regulations; how it is prevented and mitigated, the proper preparation and post-accident actions, as well as the regulations on radioactive releases, estimation of doses in an emergency, and the first response to an emergency. (Prerequisite: 10-624-110 Nuclear Technology and Regulations, 10-624-105 Health Physics Calculations and Statistics and 10-624-114 Nuclear Systems and Sources)
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 with or without shielding materials. (Prerequisite: 10-624-122 Radiation Physics)
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. (Co-Requisite: 10-624-134 Radiation Shielding)
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: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
10-624-145 APPLIED HEALTH PHYSICS ...prepares the learner to wear dosimeter, monitor personal exposure, calculate/estimate radioactive airborne activity concentration, issue respirators, determine contamination levels, don and remove protective clothing, reduce the spread of contamination, conduct an ALARA audit, reduce the total radiation exposure, maintain records and estimate skin dose, etc. (Prerequisite: 10-624-122 Radiation Physics)
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. and should be completed within the same semester. (Co-Requisite: 10-624-145 Applied Health Physics)
10-624-140 RADIOCHEMISTRY ...provides the student with the fundamentals of chemistry and the application of chemistry control to a nuclear facility. The course will cover basic water treatment principles, corrosion, reactor water chemistry control and chemical hazards. 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. (Prerequisite: 10-624-122 Radiation Physics or 10-624-122OL Radiation Physics)
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. (Prerequisite: 10-624-122 Radiation Physics and 10-624-132 Radiological Emergencies)

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.