Licensed Nuclear Operator (Reactor Operator)


Newport, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  12404

DTE is one of the nation’s largest diversified energy companies. Our electric and gas companies have fueled our customer’s homes and Michigan’s progress for more than a century. And as Michigan’s largest source of renewable energy, we’re creating a cleaner, healthier environment to power our future. We’re also serving communities beyond Michigan, where our affiliated businesses offer renewable energy, emission control technologies, and energy services to industries in 19 states.

But we’re more than a leading energy company... and working at DTE is more than just a job. At DTE, we take great care of each other and our customers, and we use our energy to be a force for growth and prosperity in our communities.  When you join us, you’ll be part of a team that welcomes, recognizes, and celebrates differences and values everyone’s health, safety, and wellbeing.  Are you ready to make that kind of difference? Bring your energy to DTE. Together, we can achieve great things.

Testing Required: EEI POSS Test


Job Summary

    This position is for a Reactor Operator license candidate who will perform the duties of a Licensed Nuclear Operator (LNO) at the Fermi 2 Power Plant located in Newport, Mi. Those duties include: manipulation of reactor and other controls to effect the safe, reliable and efficient operation of the nuclear station; directing the activities of nuclear operators; and ensuring that periodic tests and inspections are performed in accordance with NRC regulations.

Key Accountabilities

  • Monitors and interprets plant parameters and manipulates plant equipment by simultaneously regulating reactivity, steam, water, temperatures, flows, pressures, generator loads, voltages, etc.
  • Operates and provides protection on any plant equipment.
  • Directs the activities of Nuclear Operators including scheduling work, giving work direction and managing flow.
  • Initiates repair orders and/or arranges for necessary maintenance to instruments, gauges, and mechanical or electrical equipment. Inspects, tests, accepts or rejects maintenance work.
  • Responsible for checking all instruments, controls, mechanisms, and systems prior to startup. Personally tours plant to inspect equipment to assure safe, efficient operation. Takes appropriate action to correct unsatisfactory conditions by reporting, tagging, erecting barriers, applying emergency operating procedures, etc.
  • Exchanges factual information with directors, managers and federal government regulatory agencies, other utilities and vendors/suppliers/contractors.
  • Responds to alarms and signals and takes corrective action deemed necessary by operating equipment or issues direct operating orders to other plant personnel. As necessary, follows up to ensure proper execution of orders.
  • Acts as Fire Brigade Leader in directing the fire brigade in firefighting activities.


  • Education and Experience The candidate's education and experience must be verified and in accordance with Regulatory Qualifications List and ACAD 10001, Guidelines for Initial Training and Qualification of Licensed Operators as described below:
  • High School Diploma or GED 36 months Total Power Plant Experience may include a combination of Nuclear, Fossil, Military Nuclear and Academic Equivalence Credit Academic Equivalence Credit 18 months maximum credit toward 36 month requirement may be given for candidates with Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent in engineering, engineering technology, or related sciences; or a professional engineer license
  • OR 9 months maximum credit toward 36 month requirement may be given for candidates with associate of science degree or equivalent in engineering, engineering technology, or related sciences AND one of the following: 6 months performing plant operational duties as a nonlicensed operator at Fermi 2 PP OR 12 months performing plant operational duties as a nonlicensed operator at a BWR facility OR 6 months performing plan operational duties as an ACTIVE licensed reactor operator at a BWR facility OR 24 months in position equivalent to the reactor operator position at a military reactor such as:
    • Reactor Operator
    • Engineering Officer of the Watch / Propulsion Plant Watch Officer
    • Engineering Watch Supervisor / Propulsion Plant Watch Supervisor Additional Qualification
  •  Must successfully pass POSS Exam and obtain recommended score on other prehire assessments Knowledge of blueprint /drawings/schematics and general plant and power plant operations Must obtain 6 months of Operations experience prior to the start of Licensing Class Must successfully pass the Reactor Operator License Examination and maintain license

Additional Qualifications

At DTE Energy, we are committed to providing an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and a sense of belonging. We seek individuals with a heart for service, a passion to help our communities prosper, and ideas to help shape the future of energy. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer that considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law. 

Nearest Major Market: Monroe
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit