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Engineering Navy Nuclear Engineering

  1. Aug 16, 2009 #1
    Does anybody know anything about the Navy Nuclear Engineering program? Things like how competitive the program is? What kind of work would I do while in the Navy? and how do the skills learned in their program relate to work outside of the navy once done?

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  3. Aug 17, 2009 #2


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    Are you referring to the the officer or enlisted program?
  4. Aug 17, 2009 #3
    Yea, good question.

    Long ago I talked with a recruiter about this. My advice: never talk to an enlisted recruiter about anything. I'd describe the information they gave me as outright lies.

    From what I managed to piece together later, an officer will spend most of their time either on an aircraft carrier or sub. These jobs can be hard on the family life, but there's worse things you could be doing as a single person. There are some private jobs you can move into when you leave, but while these pay well they can be few and far between. The Nuclear Engineering program isn't going to get you into real PhD style research - get a PhD from a good uni for that.

    That information is about 6 years old, but I really don't think it has changed much. Take it as you will.
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  6. Aug 17, 2009 #5
    I'm referring to the Officer program.

    Those are some good links dianzi thanks!
  7. Aug 17, 2009 #6
    Do you think it would look good for getting into nuclear research Locrian? I ask that because I want do something more out in world before I start doing more research, like traveling and gaining a variety of experiences. I thought this looked like a good opportunity to do that while still remaining in my field.
  8. Aug 18, 2009 #7


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    Usually one obtains a BS in phyiscs or nuclear engineering before going into the naval nuclear program - as an officer. Out of high school, one would enter the enlisted ranks. One of my classmates went on to the naval program. He ended up teaching for a bit, then took command of an attack sub.

    The real research is done at places like Bettis and Knolls labs, who do the materials and reactor research and development. One would need at least an MS and preferably a PhD.

    But if one wants to travel for a bit, then the Navy program would be a good option.
  9. Aug 20, 2009 #8
    The Navy Nuclear Power progam is some of the best technical training available. Great preperation for any technical field.
  10. Aug 20, 2009 #9
    Did you do the program? edgepflow
  11. Aug 21, 2009 #10
    My guess is no. It might help you get into the PhD program you need to actually do research, and it might provide background, but it is a long ways from working with a reactor and doing reasearch into improving them.

    Of course there could be other benefits - travel, discipline, character growth, $$.

    Be prepared, by the way - getting in as an officer is not a trivial process.
  12. Aug 21, 2009 #11
    No, but during my nuclear engineering undergraduate studies, several of my classmates had just finished the nuclear navy training and entered the NE program as freshman. They were all exceptional students with a monster work ethic.
  13. Sep 12, 2009 #12
    Would there be an advantage of going to graduate school for a MS in Nuclear Engineering over going in to Nuc school? Is the curriculum for the Nuc school just as good as a MS program else were? Do you even get a degree out of the program? I am talking about the officer program.
  14. Sep 13, 2009 #13
    Obviously it's a totally different experience. Depending on what you want to do, the management skills will probably be more valuable if you choose to leave the Navy. If you are really interested in a technical engineering job are you sure you want to do the Navy route?
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