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The Columbia Basin College (CBC) Nuclear Technology program is nationally accredited by the Institute of Nuclear Training Operations (INPO). Through this accreditation, graduates may earn the National Academy for Nuclear Training (NANT) certificate--a certification earned beyond the AAS degree in Nuclear Technology. If achieved, affirms a graduate’s skills and knowledge for the respective ACAD 08-006 curriculum and training position for two years after the issue date. Moreover, successful graduates of the two-year AAS degree earn one (1) year of nuclear plant experience.
Graduates of the program can work within the nuclear industry in areas such as the continued safe and economical operation of existing nuclear power plants and processing facilities, disposal of nuclear waste, and other advanced industrial applications of nuclear technology. Plant Operator (Non-licensed Nuclear Operators) and Instrumentation and Control (I&C) options have the added bonus of receiving transferable skills that allow them to also work in industries such as: energy generation, process operations, and manufacturing.
CBC works closely with the nuclear industry, both locally and nationally. As one of 25 Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Programs (NUCP) in the U.S., CBC and Energy Northwest partner to assure that the CBC Nuclear Technology program is aligned with the needs of the nuclear power industry and are consistent with the established standards for accredited utility training programs so that all graduates have the same basic knowledge necessary to be successful power plant workers.
Degree Seeking & Non-Degree Seeking Options
Earn a Two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Nuclear Technology
Choose from one of three degree options:
Take Individual Courses to Bolster Your Career
Take individual courses for career enhancement, personal interest, continued training and education. All courses meet ACAD 08-006 training objectives. Learn more
Wish for more information about the Nuclear Technology program? Attend an Information Session that explains the program, admission process, scholarship opportunities, and program cost. For a current list of dates and times, visit the Information Session webpage.
Program Funding & Support
Program development has been guided by 15 members of a program planning committee representing organizations such as AREVA, CHPRC – CH2MHill Plateau Remediation Company, Central Washington Building and Construction Trades Council, Energy Northwest, HAMMER, IBEW Local 77, TFE -Technical and Field Engineering, Inc., Washington River Protection Solutions, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
These organizations have also provided a variety of scholarship, internship, hands-on learning, and employment opportunities to CBC Nuclear Technology students.
July 13, 2015
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