What do Radiation Protection Technicians Do?
Radiation Protection Technicians monitor levels of radiation to protect personnel in nuclear power facilities and the surrounding environment. They use radiation survey instruments to measure levels in and around facilities and they oversee work to ensure appropriate protective measures are in place. Controlling radioactively contaminated materials, collecting air samples, operating survey instruments, taking corrective action and responding to unexpected conditions are all tasks an RP Tech performs. This job is similar to a Safety Professional or an Industrial Hygienist.
Successful candidates are safety-conscious and able to follow instructions, enjoy using equipment and interpreting results, can be a role model and educator, and enjoy math and scientific information. To complete the training, individuals should be motivated and have the discipline to self-study. Previous experience in an industrial or utility setting is helpful, as is nuclear experience.