Nuclear Science Center Student Reactor Operator Training

We are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Student Reactor Operator Training Program until August 22, 2017.

In addition to conducting research and producing industrial isotopes, our mission is to teach the next generation of Reactor Operators. The WSU Nuclear Science Center offers a rigorous Reactor Operator training program to students of all disciplines.

Applicants must be:

  1. A student currently enrolled at WSU.
  2. Able to commit to three hours of class and several hours of hands-on reactor operator training per week.
  3. Able to commit to a one year post license period to serve as a WSU Nuclear Science Center Reactor Operator.

Students demonstrating successful completion of training will sit for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Reactor Operator licensing examination. Upon passing the licensing examination, students must be willing to work part-time at the reactor facility for at least one year. The reactor staff is willing to work around individual student’s schedules to provide the best learning experience possible.

There is not a course registration number, as this is something more akin to working in a research laboratory. Some academic departments give credit for directed individual study; this course qualifies for credit in that sense, and must be arranged with the academic department.

Application to the program is done by submitting a cover letter and resume. Address all application materials to:

Student RO Training Program
Nuclear Science Center
P.O. Box 641300
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-1300

Email correspondence and application materials to