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Future of Nuclear Industry in Canada

  1. Feb 5, 2012 #1
    Give what happened in Japan, Bruce Power leaving Alberta and CANDU reactors sold to SNC-Lavalin, what do you guys think?

    I am planning to do graduate studies in Nuke Eng, but given what is going on Canada, I might have to rethink my plans, unless you guys believe some sort of nuclear renaissance will happen.

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    I cannot see anything that would provide the energy that 7+ billion people need other than nuclear.
    Imho this is a little bit like coming into Wall Street after the 1974 bear market, a great time to be getting really good at the profession, because by the time you graduate, the need will be even more inescapable.
  4. Feb 6, 2012 #3
    Thanks to previous generation on nuclear industry as a whole which failed to prevent large-scale disasters, nuclear power generation seriously risks eventually being supplanted by renewables.

    I hope after F1 nuclear industry will finally understand: meltdowns are NOT tolerable - politically and socially. They must be prevented. Reactors must be made safer still. If nuclear industry will get it, then it maybe still has a chance.
  5. Feb 6, 2012 #4

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    I personally thnk there will be a nuclear renaissance but i'm no "see-er".

    If nuclear power interests you, consider take control courses and look into instrumentation side of things.
    In US a typical power plant employs just a couple nuclear engineers but scores of mechanical and electrical. Somebody who has knowledge of electronics, control theory, some basic mechanical (Statics & dynamics & strength of materials) and fundamentals of reactor physics is quite useful to a plant not only just those skills but as a catalyst, helping other disciplines cpmmunicate.
    And those skills would transfer to any mechanized industry.

    Synergy. It makes industry run smoother.
  6. Feb 8, 2012 #5
    I like the sound of this. However, I find that many people (the general public) are frighten by nuclear activists causing them to go against building any nuclear power plants.
    There was a poster I saw at my university that said many people in Alberta are against nuclear power especially after Fukushima. Furthermore, these power plants take a very long time to build.
    So I am skeptical about whether if there will be a great demand for nuclear engineers/scientists when I graduate.

    Thats a good idea. I think I could take some of those courses during my masters..
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