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Roadmap to Operational Excellence

The Challenge:

How to gain operational experience before starting a nuclear power plant in order to develop skilled personnel and to help make informed decisions about nuclear energy.

The Solution:

The Roadmap to Operational Excellence (ROE).

A 2½ year program for engineers and technicians/technologists. ROE combines acknowledged academic programs in Texas, unique internships, and seven months of practical work experience at an operating nuclear power reactor.


Academic component:

Track 1: Engineer.  Participants complete a non-thesis Master of Engineering degree in Nuclear Engineering (M.E.N.E.) at Texas A&M University, which has the largest nuclear engineering program in the United States and the only campus with two nuclear research reactors.

Track 2: Technician / Technologist.  Participants complete the Associate of Science degree in Nuclear Power Technology at Wharton County Junior College, recognized as one of the top programs of exceptional quality in the United States.

Internship component:

Participants in tracks 1 & 2 complete a specialized internship with reactor laboratory sessions, tours of power reactors in Texas, exercises at the world renown Disaster City® on the campus of Texas A&M, and associated professional activities.

Operational experience:

Participants in both tracks will spend seven months at an operating nuclear power plant working and interacting with plant professionals, taking part in the plant training programs, working on plant systems, and gaining exceptional practical operational experience.


For Track 1, applicants must have a bachelor's degree in a relevant engineering or science field. Previous work experience is recommended.

For Track 2, it is recommended that applicants have a bachelor's degree in an engineering or science field along with some relevant work experience.

Students must pass background checks during the application process and throughout the program and be able to obtain unescorted access to a commercial nuclear power facility in the United States.


The Roadmap to Operational Excellence provides an outstanding and unique path for a country to develop the skilled technical personnel to make informed decisions about nuclear energy and embark on a successful nuclear power program.

Facilities & Partners

  • Texas A&M Nuclear Science Center 1MW TRIGA Reactor
  • Texas A&M Nuclear Engineering AGN Reactor
  • Texas A&M Power Plant & Electrical Distribution
  • TEEX Disaster City®
  • Wharton County Junior College
  • Texas State Technical College
  • South Texas Project Electric Generating Station
  • Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant

Click here to download the Roadmap to Operational Excellence Program brochure.

For further information, contact:
Nuclear Power Institute
1470 William D. Fitch Parkway
3475 TAMU
College Station, TX 77845 USA
Tel: +1-979-845-5802
Fax: +1-979-845-1273
E-mail: npi@tamu.edu
Website: nuclearpowerinstitute.org