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Navy Commissioned Officer Job Designators Description & Qualifcation Factors




Age: - At least 19 and less than 29 at time of commission. Waivers may be considered for those who would not exceed age 35 at commission.


- BA/BS/MS in preferred majors: Math, Physics, Engineering, and Chemistry.
- Within 2 ½ years of graduation (1yr - MS), with a minimum of:
-1 yr Calculus
-1 yr Calculus-based Physics (Calculus must be through differential and integral calculus of one real variable. Physics must cover the classic fundamentals of mechanics, magnetism, and electricity.)
- "B" or better in all technical courses.
- Competitive 3.3+ GPA


- OIS (5 wks)
- NPS OJT (4 mo.)

Vision/Med: N/A


- INSTRUCTOR VIP 2nd Wed. each mo.
- NUC Interview

Service Obligation:

4 yrs from OIS graduation.
- Total of 8 yrs Active & Inactive.

Special Info:

- No accession bonus.
- Paid as E-6 (up to $2600/mo) while finishing school. Advanced to E-7 (add'l $250/mo) for referral resulting in NUC accession.
- Commissioned as ENS prior to reporting to OIS.

Instructor Career Path:
- instruct 1st division (12 mos)
- train-up/instruct 2nd division (16 mos)
- train-up/instruct 3rd division or leadership position (14 mos)

- Several post-grad education opportunities.


Program Overview.

Train the Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Plant Operators
Navy Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC) is located in Goose Creek, South Carolina (a suburb of Charleston). Nuclear Power School Instructors are responsible for teaching future nuclear trained officers and enlisted personnel the theory and fundamentals behind the design and operation of Naval nuclear propulsion plants. Nuclear Power School is a 24-week course in science and technology, designed to provide theoretical background knowledge of nuclear power. The school week is Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. (0730) until 4:05 p.m. (1605). There is one instructor, for each subject, on duty each academic night for any of the students requiring additional assistance on their homework or studies. Subjects taught include:

· Mathematics (39 hours) - Ordinary and partial differential equations, integral calculus and probability and distribution functions.
· Physics (71 hours) - Atomic and nuclear physics, special relativity, reactor physics and neutron diffusion theory.
· Chemistry (50 hours) - Basic chemistry, reaction kinetics, boiler chemistry, radiation induced reactions, gases, oxidation-reduction.
· Thermodynamics (87 hours) - Heat transfer, fluid dynamics, steam thermodynamics, properties of water, Rankine cycle, conduction and convection.
· Electrical Engineering (basic and advanced - 138 hours) - Circuit analysis, inductance and capacitance, solid state amplifiers, AC and DC motors and generators, digital and analog integrated circuits, reactor plant instrumentation, safety circuits and reactor control equipment design.
· Materials (28 hours) - Strength of materials and complete development of the Nil Ductility Phenomenon. Fuel and clad alloy composition, pressure vessel design, development of neutron embrittlement and other material radiation effects as well as corrosion and structure of materials.
· Reactor Dynamics and Core Characteristics (86 hours) - Complete core design satisfying all requirements for power, temperature, control and radiation levels. Essentially, it is a course in nuclear engineering.
· Reactor Plant Systems (13 hours) - Design of steam system and reactor plant parameters.
· Shielding and Radiological Fundamentals (46 hours) - Study of materials, attenuation factors and geometry in shielding calculations.
· Aspects of Reactor Plant Operations (115 hours) - Study of reactor plant operations integrating knowledge from all of the above courses.

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