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 education 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, healthcare, 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 curriculum also provides students with the opportunity to become qualified in nuclear radiation protection industry Standardized Task Evaluations.

The program currently includes three degree options:  Instrumentation and Control, Radiation Protection, and Reactor Operations.  An internship at an approved company is included in the program.  Additionally, Radiation Protection Option students complete a second internship to meet the requirements of the Standard Task Evaluations.

It is a graduation requirement for students in the Nuclear Technology Radiation Protection Associate of Applied Science Degree Option to pass both the Junior Radiation Protection Technician Fundamentals Exam provided by the Electric Power Research Institute and the Department of Energy Radiological Control Technician's Core Exam with an 80% or higher on both exams.

To view program outcome data, visit https://www.statetechmo.edu/programs/industrialtech/mnt/ntfacts/.

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 104 Introduction to Electricity 4
MNT 109 Mechanical and Fluid Power Transmission 2
MNT 111 Basic Nuclear Theory 3
MNT 189 Reactor Plant Components 4
MNT 290 Internship 4
SUB-TOTAL 21
 
  GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
General Education Requirements 19
Must Include:
MAT 115 College Algebra 3
PHY 101/102 College Physics 4
May Not Include:
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
  SUB-TOTAL 19
     
  PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS  
     
  Instrumentation and Control Option  
MNT 112 Introduction to Radiation Safety 3
MNT 119 Industrial Motors and Their Controls 4
MNT 125 Applied Electronics 4
MNT 197 Basic Reactor Safety, Theory, and Operations 4
MNT 204 PLC Programming 4
MNT 211 Piping and Instrumentation Drawing 2
MNT 218 Computer Interfacing 3
MNT 265 Nuclear Instrumentation and Control I 4
MNT 269 Nuclear Instrumentation and Control II 3
  SUB-TOTAL 31
   
OR    
     
  Radiation Protection Option  
MNT 115 Radiation Protection Fundamentals 3
MNT 116 Radiation Safety with Lab I 3
MNT 117 Radiation Safety with Lab II 4
MNT 248 Advanced Radiation Safety with Lab I 4
MNT 250 Advanced Radiation Safety with Lab II 4
MNT 291 Nuclear Internship II 3

 

 

MAT 119 Elementary Statistics 3
PHY 121 General Chemistry with Lab I 5
  SUB-TOTAL 29
   
OR    
   
  Reactor Operations Option  
MNT 112 Introduction to Radiation Safety 3
MNT 118 Electrical Theory and Safety 4
MNT 197 Basic Reactor Safety, Theory, and Operations 4
MNT 211 Piping and Instrumentation Drawing 2
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 35
   
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENT  
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1
    SUB-TOTAL 1
It is a graduation requirement for students in the Nuclear Technology Radiation Protection Associate of Applied Science Degree Option to pass both the Junior Radiation Protection Technician Fundamentals Exam provided by the Electric Power Research Institute and the Department of Energy Radiological Control Technician’s Core Exam with an 80% or higher on both exams.  
    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 or behavior will be utilized to develop the necessary skills to prevent unsafe conditions and adverse operational events in the workplace.  Prerequisite:  MNT 102 with a grade of “C” or better.  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  104  Introduction to Electricity.  This course introduces and develops the concepts necessary for understanding the use of electrical components and circuitry.  Technical math including scientific notation, significant figures, unit conversions, beginning algebra and basic trigonometry will be introduced and developed throughout the course.  The first half of the semester is devoted to DC, the second to AC.  Prerequisite:  Satisfactory placement score into MAT 051 or higher.  4 credit hours.

MNT  109  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.  2 credit hours.

MNT  111  Basic Nuclear Theory.  This course covers the 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  3 credit hours.

MNT  112  Introduction to Radiation Safety.  This course covers the radiation protection fundamentals as outlined in the Nuclear Industry Standard Process – Radiological Protection, NISP-RP-012.  Standard task evaluations NISP-RP-02.01 through NISP-RP-02.10 are also covered.  3 credit hours.

MNT  115  Radiation Protection Fundamentals.  This course covers radiation protection fundamentals as outlined in the Nuclear Industry Standard Process - Radiological Protection, NISP-RP-012, Training and Qualifications for Supplemental Radiation Protection Technicians.  Students will also be prepared to take the Radiation Protection Fundamentals-One Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) exam.  3 credit hours.

MNT  116  Radiation Safety with Lab I.  This course will focus on the objectives of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Standard Task Evaluations: RP-02.01 - Portable Radiation Survey Instruments, RP-02.02 - Performing Radiation and Contamination Surveys, and RP-02.03 - Collect and Evaluate Radiological Air Samples.  Basic protective clothing will also be covered.  Prerequisite:  MNT 115 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

MNT  117  Radiation Safety with Lab II.  This course will focus on the objectives of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Standard Task Evaluations RP-02.04 - Post Low Level Radiological Hazards, RP-02.05 - Control Access into High Radiation Areas and Locked High Radiation Areas, RP-02.06 - Monitor Personnel Contamination and Unconditional Release, RP-02.07 - Control Radioactive Material Within an Radiologically Controlled Area (RCA), RP-02.08 - Use and Control High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filtration and Vacuum Equipment, and RP-02.10 - Radiological Job Coverage.  Basic protective clothing will also be covered.  Prerequisite:  MNT 115 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 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:  MNT 104 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

MNT  119  Industrial Motors and Their Controls.  This course introduces students to various types of industrial motors and controls.  Students will identify, select, install, wire, and troubleshoot three-phase and single-phase DC/AC motors and controls including servo and stepper motors.  Lab exercises include designing and building control modules for machine integration.  Prerequisite:  MNT 104 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

MNT  125  Applied Electronics.  This course introduces and develops the concepts necessary to analyze and test both discrete and integrated circuit components.  The first half of the semester is devoted to analog circuits, the second to digital electronics.  Laboratory experiments support the concepts that are covered.  Prerequisite:  MNT 104 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 111 and MNT 189 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

MNT  204  PLC Programming.  This course includes a review of number systems, programmable logic control addressing, use of software, system control, and an in-depth study of ladder logic programming.  Programming topics include: discrete and analog inputs and outputs, internal registers and tables, editing, timers, counters, comparison functions, computational functions, data move functions, subroutines, data manipulation and sequencing functions, high speed counting, trigonometric and advanced math functions.  Laboratory exercises are provided to enhance classroom topics.  Prerequisite:  MNT 119 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:  MNT 104 and MNT 189 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

MNT  218  Computer Interfacing.  This course introduces the use of personal computers for data and control in an industrial environment.  Applications using common personal computers, "off-the-shelf" components, and interfacing boards will be covered.  Laboratory experiments designed to support computer interfacing are included.  Prerequisites:  MNT 119 and MNT 125 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

MNT  248  Advanced Radiation Safety with Lab I.  This course covers practical applications and demonstrations of Common Industry Radiation Protection (CIRP) tasks that include post low level radiological hazards, controlling access to high radiation areas, monitoring for personnel contamination, controlling radioactive material within a radiological controlled area (RCA), controlling High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuums and ventilation equipment, and performing low risk radiological job coverage.  Prerequisites:  MNT 116 and MNT 117 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

MNT  250  Advanced Radiation Safety with Lab II.  This course covers analytical applications of radiation protection and health physics including senior level Common Industry Radiation Protection (CIRP) tasks such as laboratory analysis, instrument calibration, environmental monitoring, radiography, job coverage with medium or high radiological risk, and shipment of radioactive materials.  Prerequisite:  MNT 248 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 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:  MNT 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  291  Nuclear Internship II.  The student will serve an internship with a nuclear power plant to gain experience as a junior radiation protection technician.  The student is expected to apply learned skills and training to be a productive employee.  The employer is expected to place the student in an environment that will build on the student's knowledge 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.  3 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.