The nuclear industry is seeing some interesting opportunities in the modern age. More nuclear facilities are being planned for development than ever before, and as aging infrastructure requires renovation and replacement, there are likely to be more jobs in the nuclear industry than ever before. A job as a systems engineer may be the right next step for you. Here are a few details about options for careers in the nuclear industry as a systems engineer.
A Growing Workforce
As more employees are needed to staff and maintain existing and proposed nuclear facilities across the country, it’s clear that opportunities are growing in the nuclear field. Nuclear energy offers challenging and rewarding work with plenty of opportunities for advancement. Many employees who work in the field of nuclear energy do so for life as their skills make them uniquely specialized to provide value to employers. Nuclear power plants currently provide nearly 20 percent of all U.S. electricity. That opens up a great deal of demand for talented and skilled workers now and in the future.
Systems Engineering Overview
Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary role blending engineering and engineering management that centers around on how to design and manage composite systems over their life cycles. The systems engineer plays a vital role in the multi-dimensional energy industry. They work with various departments to manage and develop systems within a company. From creating and implementing systems software to analyzing data to improve existing ones, a Systems Engineer increases productivity in the workplace. A Systems Engineer works to balance various aspects of a project, most of them complex issues such as architecture and system dynamics.
It is a methodical, disciplined approach to design, realization, and technical management. At the core, Systems Engineer helps in the coordination of different teams, testing, and evaluation for the development of design and its implementation for the best output. The systems engineer will often work together with a project manager and the engineering crew and becomes the primary point of communication to interlink between the two to simplify the accomplishment of a successful system. The systems engineer will also work through each phase of the given system and process, from plan along with expansion to validation and operation, on measurable risk assessment, regularly concentrating on performance, testing, scheduling, and budgets.
Role Requirements and Qualifications
Responsibilities of a Systems Engineer include mentoring and training other engineers and continually improving processes companywide. They work closely with engineering professionals within the company to maintain hardware and software needed for projects to be completed efficiently. They need to be proactive about challenges or constraints and seek to manage them accordingly.
A qualified Systems Engineer should have experience developing engineering applications for a large corporation, as well as project development and leadership skills. A master’s degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering is preferred, as well as a current understanding of best practices regarding system security measures. They should have professional work experience in team building and project managing, and an advanced education and application of business analysis techniques and strategy. Experience with software engineering, customer experience and civil engineering is also preferred.
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