Discipline Area: Nuclear Fuel Route Engineering
Description of role, including any specific skills required
The ‘Fuel Route’ is one of the most fascinating and dynamic parts of any AGR (advanced-gas cooled reactor) power station. The Fuel Route department manages our nuclear fuelling processes ensuring the reactors have enough power to enable optimum generation whilst maintaining uncompromised nuclear safety standards. This complex cycle involves getting nuclear fuel onto site, loading it into our reactors, temporarily storing used fuel and finally directing the fuel off-site. Working alongside our engineers, you will be introduced to the plant, be involved with various projects/tasks and with ever-increasing experience become an integral part of the team responsible for managing bespoke high integrity nuclear fuel and process equipment.
The work you will be involved with is a dynamic balance between desk work and being out on plant investigating faults, rectifying faults, rectifying defects and engineering solutions to both maintain and improve plant performance. To be a successful member of the team, you should have an organised, questioning and safe working attitude paired with enthusiasm and commitment for working within a highly motivated and focussed team.
As an example of the work you could be involved with, the current industrial placement individual is working on modifying and overhauling a fuel mast which is integral to the movement of irradiated fuel elements. The project has included a range of skills from communication and CAD work to disassembly and modifications of plant equipment within a Radiologically Controlled Area.
Anticipated benefits to the individual
- Fantastic opportunity to use and build on your own existing skills by working with some of the station’s most experienced nuclear professional
- Enhanced teamwork, time management, communication and practical skills that can be applied to any aspect of your chosen career path
- Earn an equivalent full-time salary of £15,000
- Gain invaluable experience that complements your degree scheme
- Work within the energy sector, one of the most vibrant industries
- Spend time within different functions of the plant, as well as on project-based work within a specialist topic
- Potential to join the EDF graduate scheme after the placement