UAE trains future reactor operators

30 May 2012

A select group of talented Emiratis have completed their foundational training to become the UAE’s first certified nuclear reactor operators, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has announced.

The programme, which is being delivered by ENEC’s training partner Westinghouse Electric Company, is part of comprehensive training to prepare the students to attain Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) Licensure/Certification. The programme also involves advanced technical education and on-site training at nuclear facilities across the world.

“Highly knowledgeable, safety-conscious and skilled reactor operators are essential to the safe and reliable operation of the UAE’s first nuclear energy facility”, said ENEC’s Deputy Chief Nuclear Officer Ahmed Al Mazrouei.

Westinghouse’s Management SRO Equivalency Program will be used to provide operational knowledge and skills on a simulated pressurized water reactor for those not yet licensed as SROs.

The 17-week programme is divided into three parts, consisting of an online component, classroom instruction and training in a simulator that recreates various operational situations. The coursework, which covers reactor power plant theory and plant systems, meets ANSI/ANS-3.1 requirements for a Nuclear Station Manager.

At the end of the training, the students will review what they have learned and take a final examination.

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