Working on a nuclear site: Jack's story

Meet Jack, 21, who's a remote vehicle operator at Sellafield nuclear site. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I feel like working here was the right choice for me as it's a job for life, it can progress my career and ultimately it's making the world a safer place.

  • Part of Jack's role is controlling ROVs (Remote Operated Vehicles) under water to collect nuclear waste
  • No two days are the same for Jack – he could be doing fuel consolidation (moving fuel to a holding container) on one day and sludge scooping the next
  • Of the subjects Jack took at GCSE, Maths and Triple Science were the ones he found really helped him with his current role
  • Jack didn't really enjoy sixth form and after a year he stopped and tried the apprenticeship route. He was able to try different roles at Sellafield until he found the perfect fit.

What to expect if you're interested in this career

A similar role to a remote vehicle controller would be a chemical plant process operator.

  • Chemical plant process operator salary: £15,000 to £25,000 average per year
  • Chemical plant process operator working hours: 42 to 44 hours per week
  • Chemical plant process operator entry requirements: To get this job you can take a college course which would give you some of the skills and knowledge required. Relevant courses include Level 1 Certificate in Applied Science and Level 2 Diploma in Process Technology. To do these courses, you'll usually need 2 or fewer GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 3 to 1 (D to G) for a Level 1 course and 2 or more GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a Level 2 course. You could also get into the industry through an apprenticeship or applying directly.

This information is a guide (source: National Careers Service)

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