Nuclear Technician

Associate Degree

A Lakeshore Technical College program offered in partnership with Blackhawk Technical College.  For information call 608-757-7710.

The increasing use of radiation and radioactive materials in today’s world has created a demand for nuclear technicians.  This demand is expected to remain high for years to come.  The Nuclear Technology program offers students a unique opportunity to obtain the specialized training in demand by businesses and organizations licensed to utilize radioactive materials.  It is also an excellent springboard for a four-year degree in the high demand fields of Health Physics, Radiation Safety and Nuclear Engineering.

Nuclear technicians have a variety of career opportunities at businesses such as nuclear power facilities, radioactive waste handling facilities, radiopharmaceutical companies, universities and national laboratories, medical facilities, U.S. Department of Energy sites, hospitals, or emergency management organizations.

About Shared Programs

The Nuclear Technology program is a shared program between Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) in Cleveland, WI and Blackhawk Technical College.  Classes are offered in traditional classroom settings and by way of Interactive Television (ITV) methods to link the two technical colleges.  For flexibility, some classes may be offered as online courses, using established distance learning methods.

Employment Potential

  • Nuclear Power Facilities
  • Radioactive Waste Handling Facilities
  • Radiopharmaceutical Companies
  • Universities and National Laboratories
  • Medical Facilities
  • U.S. Department of Energy Sites
  • Hospitals
  • Emergency Management

Program Outcomes

  • Work safety within industrial and radiological hazard areas.
  • Understand and communicate nuclear technology-related concepts effectively in both oral and written formats.
  • Diagnose equipment requiring electrical or mechanical repair and carry out preventive maintenance procedures.
  • Perform radiological surveys for radiation and radioactive contamination.
  • Follow procedures for operating and maintaining systems and equipment at nuclear facilities.
  •  Participate in applying nuclear technologies to a variety of industrial, medical, and research processes.
  • Apply your knowledge in a variety of related occupational jobs such as a reactor plant operations, maintenance, quality assurance, etc.