Roadmap to Operational Excellence
How to gain operational experience before starting a nuclear
power plant in order to develop skilled personnel and to help make
informed decisions about nuclear energy.
The Roadmap to Operational Excellence (ROE).
A 2½ year program for engineers and technicians/technologists.
ROE combines acknowledged academic programs in Texas, unique
internships, and seven months of practical work experience at an
operating nuclear power reactor.
Track 1: Engineer. Participants complete
a non-thesis Master of Engineering degree in Nuclear Engineering
(M.E.N.E.) at Texas A&M University, which has the largest
nuclear engineering program in the United States and the only
campus with two nuclear research reactors.
Track 2: Technician / Technologist.
Participants complete the Associate of Science degree in Nuclear
Power Technology at Wharton County Junior College, recognized as
one of the top programs of exceptional quality in the United
Participants in tracks 1 & 2 complete a specialized
internship with reactor laboratory sessions, tours of power
reactors in Texas, exercises at the world renown Disaster City® on
the campus of Texas A&M, and associated professional
Participants in both tracks will spend seven months at an
operating nuclear power plant working and interacting with plant
professionals, taking part in the plant training programs, working
on plant systems, and gaining exceptional practical operational
For Track 1, applicants must have a bachelor's degree in a
relevant engineering or science field. Previous work experience is
For Track 2, it is recommended that applicants have a bachelor's
degree in an engineering or science field along with some relevant
Students must pass background checks during the application
process and throughout the program and be able to obtain unescorted
access to a commercial nuclear power facility in the United
The Roadmap to Operational Excellence provides an outstanding
and unique path for a country to develop the skilled technical
personnel to make informed decisions about nuclear energy and
embark on a successful nuclear power program.
Facilities & Partners
- Texas A&M Nuclear Science Center 1MW TRIGA Reactor
- Texas A&M Nuclear Engineering AGN Reactor
- Texas A&M Power Plant & Electrical Distribution
- TEEX Disaster City®
- Wharton County Junior College
- Texas State Technical College
- South Texas Project Electric Generating Station
- Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant
here to download the Roadmap to Operational Excellence Program
For further information, contact:
Nuclear Power Institute
1470 William D. Fitch Parkway
College Station, TX 77845 USA