Coal fired power stations currently dominate electrical power generation in South Africa. There is however increasing domestic and globally pressure, to explore alternative energy sources to meet needs for sustainable growth. Nuclear energy currently contributes 3% to the national power grid. To expand the scope of nuclear power generation requires the safe control of nuclear energy and its radioactive deposits to ensure minimal impact to the environment and human health and wellbeing.
Nuclear power plant controllers work as part of a team in control rooms, occasionally inspecting the plant for equipment testing. They can work long hours as nuclear reactors require constant attention and are required to wear strict protective clothing.
Nuclear power plant controllers require a comprehensive knowledge of nuclear energy reactors and power generation processes. They will also benefit from:
Control start-up and shutdown of nuclear power plant equipment
Operate and control nuclear power generating systems
Inspect, clean and maintain plant equipment and machinery
Monitor and troubleshoot challenges found in nuclear operating systems
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Electrical Engineering specialising in Process Control at CPUT, MUT, VUT and WSU
Nuclear power plant controllers will also benefit from a National Certificate in Nuclear Power Plant Process Control Operations at National Qualifications Framework Level 3 to 5,accredited by Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority and Eskom. However, most training takes place on the job with mentoring by an experienced mentor.
Nuclear power generation plants.