US nuclear industry establishes formal programme to take on nuclear navy veterans

23 August 2012

The civilian nuclear energy industry and the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Programme have signed an agreement establishing the first systematic program that allows personnel separating from the Navy to seamlessly transition to civilian employment.

US nuclear submarine USS Helena
Los Angeles-class fast-attack nuclear submarine USS Helena (SSN 725) goes into dry-dock. U.S. Navy photo by Joseph Caballero

The agreement of understanding is the first, formal partnership between the Navy and the nuclear energy industry designed to put veterans to work in the growing domestic nuclear energy field.

Nuclear-trained naval personnel who have decided to leave the service following the end of their commitment will have the option to have their contact information provided to industry recruiters with the nearly 30 companies that have signed the agreement of understanding.

The agreement expands from the civilian sector to also include recruitment by the Navy for enlisted positions through the industry’s Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program, a partnership with 38 community colleges to educate the next generation of nuclear technicians, operators and maintenance personnel.

The uniform curriculum program was designed to ensure a pipeline of talent trained to high, consistent standards at all the participating schools.

The agreement will allow the Navy to directly recruit from the partner colleges, which will promote multiple career opportunities after graduation to now include the Navy as well as industry and government.

The 30-odd utilities, vendors and other signatories of the programme span the continental USA.

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