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Nuclear Energy Training & Education Programs

Find out about the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program and see links to U.S. universities and community colleges that offer programs in nuclear technologies. Search for educational programs in nuclear technologies by region of the country. 

Where to Obtain Education in Nuclear Technologies

Nearly all careers in the nuclear industry require a high school diploma or GED (minimum). Many positions provide extensive company-sponsored on-the-job training, as well as formal classroom and laboratory training. However, associate degrees and bachelor of science or advanced degrees are needed for some jobs, especially in engineering, chemistry and operations.

In addition, many jobs in the nuclear industry require background checks and drug and alcohol screening as part of the industry’s fitness-for-duty program. This program is designed to ensure that employees can enjoy a safe and secure workplace, free from the adverse effects of drugs and alcohol. This is necessary to ensure that there are no distractions from the primary goals of personnel and plant safety.

What is the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program?

The Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program is an industry strategy to ensure the right people are in the right places at the right times. By organizing industry partnerships with two-year education programs it leverages resources to provide the next generation of highly skilled workers.


U.S. military personnel are a targeted population to fill entry-level and mid-career engineering, technician, operator and security positions. Veterans from all branches of the U.S. military should consider applying for vacancies. The industry is especially interested in graduates of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear propulsion program since the nuclear fundamentals and components education graduates receive is directly applicable to careers at nuclear power plants. More information can be found at the Navy Agreement of Understanding Program and the Center for Energy Workforce Development’s Troops to Energy Program.

Educational Institutions

Labor Apprenticeships: Six labor apprenticeship programs are aligned to the nuclear energy industry’s required initial training program. These six programs are under the Nuclear Mechanic Apprenticeship Program.

Military: All veterans are desired by the industry, but the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion graduates have additional knowledge and skills that are highly desirable to the nuclear energy industry.

Universities and Colleges: All types of engineers are hired by the nuclear energy industry. The industry prefers engineering graduates from ABET accredited programs. Below is a list of colleges and universities by region.


Bloomsburg University
Central Virginia Community College
College of Southern Maryland
Columbia University
Cornell University
Excelsior College
Luzerne County Community College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Pennsylvania State University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Salem Community College
SUNY Onondaga Community College
SUNY Westchester Community College
Three Rivers Community College
Thomas Edison State College
U.S. Military Academy at West Point
U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis
University of the District of Columbia
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
University of Rhode Island
Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Aiken Technical College
Arkansas Tech University
Augusta Technical College
Cape Fear Community College
Central Piedmont Community College
Chattanooga State
Clemson University
Duke University
Florence Darlington Technical College
Francis Marion University
Gaston College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hinds Community College
Indian River State College
Louisiana State University
Miami Dade College
Midlands Technical College
North Carolina State University
Northeast Alabama Community College
Old Dominion University
Spartanburg Community College
University of Florida
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Wallace Community College
West Kentucky Community and Technical College


Colorado State University
Columbia Basin College
Estrella Mountain Community College
Hill College
Idaho State University
Kansas State University
Maricopa Community College
Miracosta College
Oregon State University
University of California at Berkeley
University of Idaho


Arizona State University
Brazosport College
Texas A&M University
Texas State Technical College
University of Arizona
University of Nevada Las Vegas
University of New Mexico
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
New Mexico Junior College
University of North Texas
University of Texas at Austin
Victoria College
Wharton County Junior College


Air Force Institute of Technology
Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence
Dakota County Technical College
Flint Hills Technical College
Lakeland Community College
Lake Michigan College
Lakeshore Technical College
Linn State Technical College
Monroe County Community College
Ohio State University
Purdue University
Ridgewater Community College
St. Cloud Technical and Community College
Terra Community College
University of Cincinnati
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Michigan
University of Missouri at Rolla
University of Missouri at Columbia
University of Missouri at Columbia - College of Engineering (Nuclear Science Engineering Program)
University of Pittsburgh Undergraduate
University of Pittsburgh Graduate
University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse
University of Wisconsin at Madison

Puerto Rico

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico


For colleges and universities with other energy programs, see the Center for Energy Workforce Development.