Radiation Protection Technicians provide radiological monitoring services at the work face within the nuclear industry to protect people, plant and the environment from the adverse effects of ionising radiation and contamination. Specialist instruments are used to carry out radiological protection monitoring by taking readings of surface and airborne contamination levels and radiation dose rates. It is a Radiation Protection Technician’s responsibility to carry out these surveys; record the readings detected and respond accordingly. Radiation related work activities in support of nuclear facility teams are also undertaken which could include supporting a nuclear licensed site’s emergency response arrangements.
The role of a Radiation Protection Technician supporting the control of radiation and contamination adds significant value through reinforcing radiological safety standards and the actions of the nuclear workforce. Work duties on a nuclear site include supporting waste management, decommissioning, operational and outage programmes. Working conditions are varied and may involve wearing specialist safety equipment, shift working and working on locations running 365 day operations. Technicians will be expected to work either individually or as part of a team, with minimum supervision, in a professional manner and taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake.
Radwise have contracts in place to provide Radiation Protection Technicians to many of the nuclear sites in the UK, but at present there is a national shortage of people with the necessary skills. Radwise are working in partnership with our clients to recruit and train suitable individuals to become Radiation Protection Technicians at various client locations across the UK.
Trainees will be expected to pass a theory course and then successfully complete an “on job” training programme to gain core competencies and a recognised industry qualification as a Radiation Protection Technician. Newly qualified Radiation Protection Technicians would then have the opportunity to commence work with Radwise at our client locations throughout the UK.
What we are looking for
Candidates must have valid UK security clearance with the minimum level being BPSS and they may also have to participate in the progress to gain CTC counter terrorism clearance before they will be accepted on the course.
Assistance to gain the security clearance may be giving after the initial selection interviews if required.
Applicants should preferably have GCSE or Standard Grade qualifications Grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science. Due to the nature of the work applicants must be physically fit and be able to work:
- At height
- In confined spaces
- In conditions requiring the wearing of filtered respiratory protective equipment
- Initial and annual Task Related Health Assessment by an HSE Appointed Doctor to check ability to meet the physical demands of the job
- Drug and alcohol tests
Selected applicants will be required to sit an aptitude test followed by a short interview. Selected candidates will then be invited to attend a two week training course covering the theoretical knowledge required for the work, followed by a written assessment. Candidates who pass the theoretical course will then progress to the on job training element of the programme.
Training/work – anticipated timescales
A 2 week theoretical course and assessment will require to me completed prior to the on Job training.
Then when required, approximately 2 months fundamental on job training followed by a further 6 – 9 months continued on job training at a selected client site in the UK.
Note: At some point during your training you may be required to move to an alternative site to meet client/Radwise business needs.
Trainee monitors are offered a starting salary of £13k pa plus tax free travel and subsistence.
When the competency requirements have been met the salary will increase to £18k and then £23k once suitably qualified and experienced.
Further associated payments will be disclosed during the interview process.
Please complete an application form and post to Head Office 36 Ballot Road, Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 0HW or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Application forms can be obtained from Radwise at 01294 318375 or via this link.