A pathway to careers in the Nuclear Industry

Nuclear technology continues to play an important role across several industries including electric power, medicine, food, defense, research, and manufacturing. Currently, about 20% of U.S. electricity is supplied by nuclear power and a sizeable percentage of all medical procedures involve some form of nuclear medicine practice. Important considerations such as increased projected demand for electricity, sustainable economic development, global warming, and vulnerability to foreign sourcing are among the factors that have resulted in a revival of interest in the nuclear power industry. In response to this renewed level of interest and in order to address the industry’s concern for the shortage of skilled technical workers, the Center for Nuclear Studies at Kennesaw State University, offers an academic degree-based course of studies.

The academic program is offered through the Department of Mechanical Engineering and leads to a minor degree in Nuclear Engineering. This program is open to all undergraduate students in the School of Engineering, qualified students in the School of Engineering Technology, the School of Arts and Sciences, and qualified graduate students.

Nuclear power is the most prominent and visible sector of the nuclear industry. Electricity produced from nuclear reactors has proven to be one of the safest, cleanest, and most sustainable forms of base-load energy capable of meeting the electrical demands of the public. The Southeast region has particularly benefited from this reliable source of energy. Consequently, two of the next generation of nuclear plants are slated to be built in this area. In 2012, two new nuclear plants received their combined construction and operating licenses for the first time in nearly 30 years. These plants are being constructed in Georgia. In addition to these approved applications, several applications are also under review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The majority of these plants are slated to be constructed in the southern United States. Once underway, these projects will create a substantial demand for high-paying technical and professional positions.

KSU is committed to supporting the growth of the nuclear industry by offering academic courses in nuclear engineering. These courses are designed to provide the students with the knowledge and the skills that are needed to address the industry's challenging issues. Students enrolled in the academic engineering program will have the opportunity to become prepared for an exciting and rewarding career in the nuclear industry. For further information about these offerings, please visit the corresponding sections of the website.