Student Auxiliary Operator

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Engineering
The Radiation Science and Engineering Center


The Breazeale Nuclear Reactor seeks 2-3 highly motivated undergraduate students with interest and aptitude in the practical applications of nuclear technology to assist in the day-to-day operations and testing at the facility. Job responsibilities include operating reactor auxiliary systems, assisting with experiments, assisting with reactor fuel handling, as well as assisting with the associated administrative work required to meet state and federal licensing requirements. Scheduling is flexible around school hours. The position is expected to work 10-20 hours per week during the semester and up to 40 hours per week during the summer break. Backshift and weekend work may be required on occasion. Students with at least 2-3 years remaining until graduation and who demonstrate the requisite maturity and attitude may be selected for reactor operator (RO) training. A federal background check is required, and candidates must meet the minimum physical performance requirements of 10CFR55 and ANSI/ANS 15.4 (2007) for consideration for RO licensing. The facility is a regulated drug-free work place and applicants must pass drug screening and may be subject to random or for-cause testing. Personnel at the facility are under video surveillance and are subject to the intrusive search of vehicles and possessions.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088