• TACT

Naval Reactors Engineer


Recommended GPA of 3.7 or higher with no grades lower than a B in all technical courses.

Acceptable Majors:

  1. Chemistry
  2. Physics
  3. Math
  4. Engineering


All Engineers selected for NR assignment are at the top of their class, making up a workforce consisting of the best and brightest technical experts in the country. Even as junior level Nuclear Officers, Naval Reactors Engineers assume responsibility for key technical work in a variety of state-ofthe- art facilities, including:

  • Two Department of Energy laboratories
  • Two nuclear prototype/training sites
  • Nearly 100 nuclear-powered ships and submarines
  • Six shipyards
  • More than 1,000 firms that support the Naval Reactors Program

As a Naval Reactors Engineer in the rapid-paced nuclear propulsion field, you will typically be in charge of several projects at once. Taking the lead in anything from designing nuclear reactors to developing refueling procedures to decommissioning of nuclear propulsion plants. Whatever the specific duties, it’s hands-on experience on a level beyond what you’ll typically find in the private sector

Career Outlook

Naval Reactors Headquarters (NR) – Preliminary Training

Officers have an initial assignment of approximately four to five months receiving preliminary training at the Naval Reactors Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is followed by approximately two weeks spent gaining a working background at one of the Navy’s land-based prototypes in either Charleston, South Carolina, or Albany, New York.

Naval Reactors Training Program (NRTP)

The next step involves the six-month process of earning a postgraduate-level education in nuclear engineering through the Bettis Reactor Engineering School at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Naval Reactors Headquarters (NR) – Staff Assignment

Following Naval Reactors Training, Naval Reactors Engineers are then assigned a Nuclear Engineer position with the group responsible for managing all technical aspects of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion program – planning, approving and confirming the design, operation and maintenance of nearly 100 nuclear reactors. Engineers start in a junior role under a supervisor and rapidly advance to take on increasingly more responsibilities.