11th International Conference on CANDU® Maintenance and Nuclear Components - 2017 Oct. 01-04

Presented at:
11th International Conference on CANDU® Maintenance and Nuclear Components
2017 Oct. 01-04
Toronto, ON Canada
Session Title:
Staffing Challenges and Innovative Solutions

G. Bereznai (UOIT)
J. Froats (UOIT)
B. Rouben (UOIT)


The majority of the engineers and scientists doing technical work in Canada’s nuclear industry have one or more degrees in a field other than nuclear science or engineering. Graduates of chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering programs are the most frequent hires for entry level engineering positions, while graduates of other engineering programs are represented in lower numbers. With the exception of students who have taken nuclear courses as part of an engineering physics or a science program, knowledge of nuclear physics, or the impact of radiation on chemical and material properties, have not typically been studied. While the nuclear engineering degree and diploma programs that have been established since 2003 at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa have been graduating nuclear engineers, the vast majority of new engineering and science graduates hired into the nuclear industry continue to be from the traditional engineering programs. The companies and institutions that comprise Canada’s nuclear industry have relied on a combination of in-house and contracted training courses, as well as on-the-job training to impart the nuclear-specific information to the employees working in jobs that require such knowledge. Companies have been increasingly turning to universities such as UOIT and the ones that have partnered to form the University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) to provide postgraduate degree and diploma programs in nuclear engineering. UOIT has also partnered with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to deliver the Advanced Operations Overview for Managers (AOOM) training program. The AOOM program is an essential component of succession planning at OPG, and is attended by managers and senior technical experts with several years of utility experience. For recently graduated engineers hired into entry level positions, completion of a four course graduate diploma at UOIT is a required component of the initial training program.

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