Naval Reactor Engineer

Community Overview: 

Naval Reactor Engineers are experts in the matters of nuclear propulsion for a variety of Navy ships. These engineers must know about reactor design, reactor physics, fluid systems design, chemistry and radiological controls, and more.

The work environment for a Naval Reactor Engineer is both a challenging and rewarding career, and only the top 10% of college graduates will meet the strict requirements.

Training Pipeline After Commission: 

You will first attend 6 weeks in Newport, RI, for Officer Indoctrination School (OIS). Following this, you will them move into your initial assessment for 4-5 months at Nuclear Reactor HQ in Washington, DC, and study on a land-based reactor prototype for 2 weeks. You will also study reactor design for about 6 months at Bettis Reactor Engineering School in Pittsburgh, PA.

Special Pay/Bonuses: 


Active Duty Obligation: 
5 yrs from OIS graduation.
Service Obligation: 
Total of 8 yrs Active & Inactive.
Age Requirement: 
You must be at least 19 and less than 29 at the time of commission.
Education Requirements: 
BA/BS/MS in preferred majors: Math, Physics, Engineering, and Chemistry.
"B" or better in all technical courses. Competitive 3.3+ GPA
At least 1 year of calculus and 1 year of calculus-based physics
Medical Requirements: