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Should I be a Reactor Operator

  1. Oct 30, 2012 #1
    I want to be on the cutting edge of nuclear engineering, but I am afraid that I might not have the genius necessary to do it. I'm in my first semester of taking NucE classes, and my Fluid Mechanics class is tearing me up! Not to mention my Fundamentals of Nuclear Science/Engineering class is starting to lose me. I've been trying to do good on my homework and have a B in my Fundamentals class, but I don't feel confident without an A. Should I consider finishing my degree and becoming a reactor operator? I have a C in my fluids class too. (Although I have a B in my Modern Physics class, a B in my Intro to NucE class, an A in my Reactor Operations class, and a B in my Statistics class) Does anyone have any wisdom they can impart on me? Thank you!
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  3. Oct 30, 2012 #2
    I would also like to mention that my campus has a reactor that I can be trained to operate. Would getting my Reactor Operator License be a good idea? Senior Reactor Operator License? I'm really thinking about doing "reactor training" next semester.
  4. Nov 3, 2012 #3
    Just curious, where do you go to school and what is your current GPA?
  5. Nov 4, 2012 #4
    Honestly, what is cutting edge in Nuclear Engineering? Most of what I have seen is 1960s-1970s tech that we are just rediscovering or fleshing out the rest of the details.

    Also, ROs live boring lives. Buckle down and get help. Don't give up just because you're hitting a wall with your NE courses. Fluids kicks everyone's *** (Mine too and I'm hoping to do a PhD in TH).
  6. Nov 13, 2012 #5
    I'm attending Missouri S&T (Formerly UM(R)olla). My GPA is basically sitting at a 3.0.
  7. Nov 13, 2012 #6
    And let's all hope it stays that way.
  8. Nov 14, 2012 #7
    I'm also doing undergraduate research, but it's not going as well as I thought it would. I'm starting to make some progress though.
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