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Reactor operator training

experience for WSU students

Applications for the 2021 Fall Student Reactor Training Program are no longer being accepted. Applications received on or after 09/01/2021 will be considered for the 2022 Fall Program.

For frequently asked questions about reactor operator training, visit Training Program FAQ.

Classes are on Tuesday/Thursday 3:30 – 5:00 PM at the Dodgen Research Facility

In addition to conducting research and producing industrial isotopes, our mission is to teach the next generation of reactor operators. The Nuclear Science Center offers a rigorous reactor operator training program to students of all disciplines.


  1. A student currently enrolled at WSU.
  2. Able to commit to three hours of class and several hours of hands-on reactor operator training per week.
  3. Able to commit to a one year post license period to serve as a WSU Nuclear Science Center reactor operator.

Students demonstrating successful completion of training will sit for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission reactor operator licensing examination. Upon passing the licensing examination, students must be willing to work part-time at the reactor facility for at least one year. The reactor staff is willing to work around individual student’s schedules to provide the best learning experience possible.

There is not a course registration number, as this is something more akin to working in a research laboratory. Some academic departments give credit for directed individual study; this course qualifies for credit in that sense and must be arranged with the academic department.