Minor curriculum

Submersed uranium rods The program's minor requires six courses:

ENGR 2700Introduction to Nuclear Power Operations 

Multidisciplinary course providing basic overview of U.S. nuclear power generation system capabilities. Career options for graduates will be discussed by industry leaders and faculty. (Lecture 1) 
Note: ENGR 2700 is the pre-requisite/co-requisite course for the five upper level courses. Other courses may be taken in any sequence, although it is recommended that they be numerically sequenced for the most logical presentation of ideas. 

ENGR 3710Basic Nuclear Theory and Operations I (Mechanical) 

Multidisciplinary course teaching mechanical engineering principles and concepts used in the nuclear power generation industry. The mechanical focus includes introduction to the generic pressurized water reactor (e.g., AP 1000), alternative plant designs (e.g., BWR, gas and metal cooled reactors), fluid systems, nuclear heat generation methods, heat transfer systems (primary and secondary loops), basic pump theory, managing decay heat removal, construction materials and the regulation of plant construction. Emerging Generation IV designs are also discussed in detail by industry leaders. (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

ENGR 3720. Basic Nuclear Theory and Operations II (Electrical/Chemistry Control) 

Multidisciplinary course teaching electrical engineering and materials engineering concepts as they are practiced in the nuclear power generation industry. Materials topics include primary plant and secondary plant chemistry controls, emphasizing their importance in life cycle maintenance plan and safety. Electrical topics include basic electrical/electronic theory, data and control instrumentation, electrical generation and distribution and prime standard alignments/alignment checks. (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

ENGR 4710. Advanced Reactor Plant Operations I (Plant Safety and Reliability, Radiological Health Safety and Work Control Safety) 

Advanced safety topics are discussed within the regulatory and training structure of the nuclear power industry. These include radiation types, physical shielding, exposure controls, engineered safeguards, reactor accident planning, reliability engineering methods (e.g., FMEA, FTA, LOPA, PRA) and work package controls in the nuclear industry. (Lecture 3) 

ENGR 4720. Advanced Reactor Plant Operations II (Safety Regulations, Operations and Certifications) 

Classic nuclear power plant operations are discussed in detail with an emphasis on safety compliance and safety culture. Operations include reactor startup, steady state operations, shut down operations, decay heat removal concerns, plant maintenance conditions, operator training and certifications, plant certifications and regulations, sub-contractor safety responsibilities and regulations. (Lecture 3)

ENGR 4721Advanced Reactor Plant Operations Lab 

Nuclear power plant operations are discussed with a concentration on safety compliance and industry's safety culture. Operations include simulations, plant maintenance procedures and radiological controls techniques. There is a strong emphasis on integrated plant systems and operations. Industry leaders discuss current topics, and lab exercises cover a wide range of nuclear power generation systems. There is a focus on hands-on practical factors. (Lab 1)

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