The Nuclear Technology curriculum leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nuclear Maintenance Technology and prepares individuals who are employees of Granite International to become field service technicians performing maintenance, repairs, and modifications to licensed nuclear power plants in the United States and overseas that have boiling water reactors. The college’s curriculum is merged with practical experience at nuclear plants during outages and with specialized training at GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s facilities in San Jose, California and Wilmington, North Carolina. Upon completing the curriculum with the initial outage experience and specialized training, qualified individuals will supplement electric utility technical staff at nuclear power stations in performing mechanical, electrical, and electronic services during plant maintenance and refueling outages.
Course work includes mathematics, science, English, and introductory courses in automation, computers, instrumentation, electricity, hydraulics, mechanics, metallurgy, quality control, and welding. Nuclear-related courses include reactor physics, boiling water reactor technology, and non-destructive examination of nuclear plant piping, vessels and other components.
Graduates continue their employment with Granite International and can pursue advancement through additional specialized and on-the-job training.