Frequently Asked Questions About the Nuclear Regulator Apprenticeship Network Program

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How does the program work?

The Nuclear Regulator Apprenticeship Network (NRAN) is a paid, full-time 18-month training program for outstanding engineers and scientists from across the nation who wish to start an advancement-oriented career with the NRC. As an employee participating in the NRAN, you will be part of a cohort of recent college graduates and receive support of both mentors and leaders to guide your development and NRC career path. The program is designed to develop well-rounded regulators by focusing on skill development in multiple areas across the agency. Initial training will cover regulatory and technical fundamentals as well as soft skills. After successful completion of the training the candidate will participate in 3-4 apprenticeships to gain a variety of skills and experiences. The 2020 and 2022 cohorts have been filled, and recruitment for the 2024 cohort will begin in the fall of 2023.

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How do I qualify?

You should have both superior academic standing and a high potential for achievement in challenging professional assignments, and be a recent graduate with a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in engineering, physical science or health physics.

NRC generally assesses applicants on the following factors:

  • Grade point average of 2.95 or higher based on a 4.0 scale
  • Honors and awards received
  • Extracurricular or work-related activities
  • Interpersonal skills (written/verbal communication, listening, presentation, etc.)
  • Candidate interviews

Other than academic qualifications, an applicant must:

  • Possess U.S. citizenship;
  • Pass mandatory pre-employment drug screening;
  • Ability to pass a background investigation leading to a clearance.

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At what pay level will I be hired?

As a successful program participant, you may be promoted each year and upon completion of the two years you will be placed in a career ladder position that will take you to the grade 13. Please see the estimated Nuclear Regulator Apprenticeship Network Pay Progression table.

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Where will I work?

As part of the NRAN cohort, you will begin employment at our Headquarters location in Rockville, MD just outside of Washington, D.C., and you will participate in both technical and personal development training at both our Headquarters and Technical Training Center locations.

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How do I apply?

For more information, see our Contact Us About Employment page and select "Apprenticeship Network" from the dropdown list.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Monday, March 14, 2022