NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY– CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY– CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

The Nuclear Technology program offers the student a unique opportunity to obtain state-of-the-art training that will put the graduate in demand by any organization or business that operates nuclear reactors or handles radioactive substances to include advanced manufacturing, life sciences, research reactors, the nuclear power industry, hazardous waste removal companies, and government agencies.  Technicians with the educational background this program provides are in high demand now, and with the rising use of radiation in diagnostics, medical treatment and applications, and potential expansion of nuclear power technology this demand will remain high for years to come.  Nuclear power is the largest non-carbon source of electricity in the United States providing 20% of the country’s power.  Job placement prospects are highly favorable and starting salaries reflect this high demand.

The Associate of Applied Science degree program is the only one of its kind in Missouri and one of only a handful in the nation.  It was developed cooperatively with the University of Missouri Research Reactor, the University of Missouri Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute, Ameren Missouri Callaway Energy Center, and Exelon Nuclear Corporation, all leaders in the nuclear industry.  The Radiation Protection and Reactor Operations Options are accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Enrollment in the Nuclear Technology program is limited and students are selected for this program on a competitive basis.  Contact the Office of Admissions for the specific application requirements and deadline.

The core curriculum is designed to follow training requirement guidelines established by the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program (NUCP) and supported by Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), and many nuclear utility companies.  The curriculum is aligned with the objectives of the INPO National Academy for Nuclear Training (NANT) document and the ACAD 08-006 Uniform Curriculum Guide for Technician, Maintenance, and Nonlicensed Operations Personnel Associate Degree Programs.

The program currently includes three degree options:  Instrumentation and Control, Radiation Protection, and Reactor Operations.  An eight-week internship at an approved company is included during the second year of the program.

Program Mission

The mission of the Nuclear Technology program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the technical expertise, math and analytical skills as well as the interpersonal skills and human performance behaviors required to begin successful careers as nuclear operators, maintenance technicians, radiological protection technicians, or quality control technicians.

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:

  • The ability to communicate nuclear technology related concepts effectively in both oral and written formats.
  • Skills required to appraise worksite conditions requiring radiological controls.
  • Plans for minimizing personnel exposure to radiation.
  • Electrical and mechanical equipment troubleshooting skills.
  • Skills required to evaluate changing nuclear reactor plant conditions.
  • Skills required to conduct nuclear work while employing human performance tools to minimize human error and adverse operational events.
  • Skills required to inspect and test nuclear plant systems, structures and components.
  • Knowledge and skills aligned with National Academy for Nuclear Training.
    CORE CURRICULUM  
      Credit Hours
MNT 100 Human Performance Fundamentals 2
MNT 102 Nuclear Industry Fundamentals 2
MNT 107 Basic Nuclear Math and Theory 4
MNT 110 Mechanical and Fluid Power Transmission 1
MNT 189 Reactor Plant Components 4
MNT 197 Basic Reactor Safety, Theory, and Operations 4
MNT 211 Piping and Instrumentation Drawings 2
MNT 290 Internship 4
MAR 101 Introduction to Electricity 4
COM 211 Technical Writing 3
    SUB-TOTAL 30
       
  GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
General Education Requirements 19
   
Must Include:  
PHY 101/102 College Physics 4
May Not Include:  
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 4
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
  SUB-TOTAL 19
     
  PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS  
     
  Instrumentation and Control Option  
MNT 265 Nuclear Instrumentation and Control I 4
MNT 269 Nuclear Instrumentation and Control II 3
MAR 118 Industrial Motors and Their Controls 4
MAR 125 Applied Electronics 4
MAR 204 PLC Programming 4
MAR 218 Computer Interfacing 3
  SUB-TOTAL 22
       
OR      
     
  Radiation Protection Option  
MNT 114 Introduction to Radiation Safety 4
MNT 223 Radiation Detection 4
MNT 233 Radiation Dosimetry 3

 

 

MNT 247 Radiation Protection 4
PHY 121 General Chemistry with Lab I 5
  SUB-TOTAL 20
       
OR      
       
  Reactor Operations Option  
MNT 118 Electrical Theory and Safety 4
MNT 270 Thermodynamics, Fluid Flow, and Advanced Reactor Theory 5
MNT 274 Reactor Plant Systems 3
MNT 275 Nuclear Reactor Operation Fundamentals I 2
MNT 278 Reactor Plant Operations 4
MNT 279 Nuclear Reactor Operation Fundamentals II 3
PHY 121 General Chemistry with Lab I 5
  SUB-TOTAL 26
       
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENT  
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1
    SUB-TOTAL 1
       
    PROGRAM TOTAL 70-76

 

MNT  100  Human Performance Fundamentals.  This course teaches students how to incorporate nuclear industry fundamental and conditional human performance skills in their behavior.  Dynamic learning activities and simulated scenarios for each human performance tool/behavior will be utilized to develop the necessary skills to prevent unsafe conditions and adverse operational events in the workplace.  2 credit hours.

 

MNT  102  Nuclear Industry Fundamentals.  This course includes strategies essential for success in a nuclear industry work environment.  Nuclear career skills such as study techniques, test taking, time management, and stress management are discussed.  Topics such as nuclear safety culture, industry regulation, reliability and trustworthiness, deliberate misconduct, employee protection, completeness and accuracy of information, and human performance error prevention tools are discussed and applied.  This course also provides students with the preparation and completion of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) nuclear industry aptitude exams as well as industry generic nuclear plant access and radiation worker training and exams.  Students will be introduced to nuclear technician responsibilities and expectations.  2 credit hours.

 

MNT  107  Basic Nuclear Math and Theory.  Introduction to basic nuclear concepts using mathematics including dimensional analysis, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.  Additional topics include atomic structure, nuclear reactions, mass to energy conversion, industrial and science applications of nuclear processes, and risk/benefit analysis.  Prerequisite:  MAT 051 with a grade of “C” or better or SPM 050 with a passing grade or satisfactory placement score into MAT 071.  4 credit hours.

 

MNT  110  Mechanical and Fluid Power Transmission.  This course teaches mechanical power transmission topics such as brakes, clutches, gears, couplings, shafts, chains and sprockets, cams, and bearings.  Hydraulic topics covered include liquid properties, cylinders, motors, pumps, valves, and math for proper sizing of components.  Pneumatic topics covered include physical principles, cylinders, motors, compressors, and control valves.  1 credit hour.

 

MNT  114  Introduction to Radiation Safety.  Topics include types of radiation, radioactive decay, activity, radioactive sources, interaction of radiation with matter, radiation units, basic fundamentals of exposure, dose, and personnel dose.  The course also includes a basic radiation protection tasks laboratory.  Prerequisite:  MNT 107 with a grade of “C” or better.  Corequisite:  MAT 1154 credit hours.

 

MNT  118  Electrical Theory and Safety.  This course teaches key concepts in electrical theory.  These concepts are developed and applied to AC/DC motors, switchgears, transformers, chargers, and inverters.  Electrical drawings and schematics fundamentals are covered.  This course teaches the hazards associated with industrial electricity, electric power generation, safety rules, and safe work practices.  Human performance tools and their uses to promote event-free operation are also discussed and utilized in detail.  Prerequisite:  MAR 101 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

 

MNT  189  Reactor Plant Components.  Introduction to 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.  Basic heat transfer, fluid flow, and plant materials theories are included in the course.  4 credit hours.

 

MNT  197  Basic Reactor Safety, Theory, and Operations.  Introduction to the fission process, reactivity/criticality, basic reactor kinetics, heat removal, reactor types, nuclear power plant chemistry, and elementary thermodynamics.  Prerequisites:  MNT 107 and MNT 189 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

 

MNT  211  Piping and Instrumentation Drawings.  Types of piping and instrumentation components, their construction and their schematics; reading of piping and electrical drawings; and lockout/tagout procedures applicable to the nuclear utility industry.  Prerequisites:  MAR 101 and MNT 189 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

 

MNT  223  Radiation Detection.  Types of detector systems (ionization, Geiger-Muller, proportional counters, liquid and solid scintillation, semiconductor) and their uses, statistics of radioactive decay, systems for radiation detection (NIMBIN systems, preamplifiers, amplifiers, single channel analyzers, multi-channel analyzers), experimental design and measurement, data reduction.  Laboratories will include measurement of radioactive decay, measurement of radiation attenuation, utilization of systems for alpha, beta and gamma radiation counting and spectroscopy.  Prerequisite:  MNT 114 with a grade of “C” or better4 credit hours.

 

MNT  233  Radiation Dosimetry.  Radiation biology, radiation effects on simple chemical systems, biological molecules, cell, organisms and humans.  Stochastic vs. deterministic effects, units of exposure, dose and dose equivalent, external dosimetry, internal dosimetry, control of external and internal exposure, detector and instrumentation systems for measuring dose.  Corequisite:  MNT 114.  3 credit hours.

 

MNT  247  Radiation Protection.  Practical applications and demonstrations of radiation protection and health physics.  Radiological survey & analysis instruments, radiation monitoring systems, sample collection equipment, calibration sources and equipment, radiological protection standards, contamination control, monitoring of radiological work, radiological incident evaluation and control, decontamination, radioactive materials control, environmental monitoring.  Prerequisites:  MNT 223 and MNT 233 with a grade of “C” or better4 credit hours.

 

MNT  265  Nuclear Instrumentation and Control I.  Topics include principles of operation of pressure, level, flow, temperature, and radiation detection equipment.  Conversion of the inputs via transmitters and transducers to master control systems is also discussed.  These input values are then recorded and employ Proportional, Integral, and Derivative (PID) based algorithms to drive key outputs, signal alarms, and calculate error values.  Discussion and demonstration of hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, and electrical signal transmission is covered in detail.  Industry standard calibration techniques per Instrument Society of America (ISA) are studied and demonstrated in hands-on lab exercises.  Prerequisite:  MNT 189 with a grade of “C” or better.  Corequisite:  MAR 204 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

 

MNT  269  Nuclear Instrumentation and Control II.  Topics include in-depth discussion of radiation sensors unique to power generating nuclear reactors.  Control systems are discussed with particular emphasis on those found in pressurized and non-pressurized boiler systems.  Advanced control theory is introduced, including feed forward and cascade control systems, which are explained and implemented in lab.  Use of advanced output techniques such as time proportional control and pulse-width modulation are likewise covered and implemented to control process variables.  Includes a technical lab component.  Prerequisite:  MNT 265 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

 

MNT  270  Thermodynamics, Fluid Flow, and Advanced Reactor Theory.  Topics include properties of steam/water, advanced heat transfer, thermodynamic cycles and efficiency, heat exchanges, fuel cell heat transfer, pump theory and laws, cavitation, and erosion of piping components.  Advanced reactor kinetics, heat removal, nuclear power plant chemistry, reactivity calculations, reactor plant materials, reactor sensors, and radiation detectors are also covered.  Prerequisites:  MNT 197 and MNT 274 with a grade of “B” or better.  5 credit hours.

 

MNT  274  Reactor Plant Systems.  This course covers the purpose, operation, and flow paths of basic reactor systems including many of the systems in ACAD 90-016 Section 7.2.  Prerequisite:  MNT 189 with a grade of “B” or better.  Corequisite:  MNT 197.  3 credit hours.

 

MNT  275  Nuclear Reactor Operation Fundamentals I.  This course covers the operation of the following plant components as they are applied to integrated nuclear plant operations:  valves, sensors and detectors, controllers and positioners, pumps, motors and generators, heat exchangers, condensers, demineralizers, ion exchangers, breakers, relays, and disconnects.  This course also includes applied topics in nuclear reactor kinetics including neutrons, neutron sources, and neutron life cycle.  Prerequisites:  MNT 197 and MNT 274 with a grade of “B” or better.  2 credit hours.

 

MNT  278  Reactor Plant Operations.  This course covers reactor plant safety design and operation.  Basic reactor startup, shutdown, and emergency procedures and why those procedures are written are also covered.  Review of past reactor accidents and events.  Includes practical laboratory that prepares the student to fulfill the role of Nuclear Equipment Operator.  Laboratory will cover practical operating procedures in valve operation, breaker operation, placing equipment on and off of service, lubrication, pump operation, air compressors, diesel engines, and other equipment.  Prerequisites:  MNT 270 and MNT 275 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

 

MNT  279  Nuclear Reactor Operation Fundamentals II.  This course covers the following topics as they are applied to integrated nuclear plant operations and thermodynamic responses in nuclear plant systems:  thermodynamic units and properties, steam tables, Mollier diagrams, steam systems, thermodynamic processes and cycles, fluid statics and dynamics, heat transfer and heat exchangers, thermal hydraulics, reactor core thermal limits, brittle fracture, and vessel thermal stress.  This course also includes applied topics in nuclear reactor reactivity control including reactivity coefficients, control rods, fission product poisons, fuel depletion, burnable poisons, and reactor operational physics.  Prerequisites:  MNT 270 and MNT 275 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

MNT  290  Internship.  The student will serve an internship of approximately 320 hours with a company that uses nuclear technicians in radiation protection, nuclear reactor operations, nuclear reactor maintenance or quality control.  The student is expected to apply learned skills and training to be a productive employee, and the employer is expected to place the student in an environment that will build on the student’s first year of study and enhance the student’s knowledge of working in the nuclear industry.  Prerequisites:  Department Chair approval and Technical GPA of 3.000 or better required.  4 credit hours.

 

MNT  299  Special Topics in Nuclear Technology.  Special Topics in Nuclear Technology (MNT) may include instruction on topics not covered in other MNT courses.  Topics covered in other MNT courses may also be covered in more depth in this special topics course.  Projects may be undertaken in any area related to the major program with credit hours determined by the level and amount of involvement.  The minimum involvement required for one credit is 30 contact hours.  The specific topic(s), objectives, plan of instruction, and evaluation criteria must be documented in the syllabus; approved by the Department/Division Chair; and filed in the Academic Records Office.  Students may complete more than one Special Topics course, provided that the credits earned in this manner do not exceed a total of four (4) credits.  1-4 credit hours