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University of North Texas
Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology

Since 1989, the University of North Texas has delivered a program that, upon completion, results in being awarded the coveted Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology to the employees of the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant near Glen Rose, Texas.  Many of the students who completed the program have been promoted to positions of greater responsibility and value to the utility industry.

The program, paid for entirely by the utility company with no State of Texas support, is open to the public. The program continues to be supported because the electric power companies of Texas are considering expansion of the fleet of nuclear power reactors from the current four to as many as twelve with two of those located at the Comanche Peak site.

The program has been continuously accredited by TAC of ABET since 1996 and was the first Nuclear Engineering Technology program in the United States to be accredited by that institution. This means that students from this program can become Registered Professional Engineers in the State of Texas by acquiring appropriate experience and passing the Fundamentals and Professional Engineers Examinations.

The degree was developed with power plant operations in mind from the start. In addition to nuclear courses, the curriculum includes courses in Mechanical Engineering Technology (Fluids, Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, and Statics), and Electrical Engineering Technology (Circuit Analysis, Controls, and Transmission and Distribution) to provide a solid foundation for all aspects of nuclear power plant operations.

For the past two years, under the auspices of the Nuclear Power Institute at Texas A&M, the faculty of program have been developing a series of online courses that are available for use throughout the state of Texas by other universities and community colleges. These courses include "Fundamentals of Nuclear Power", "Radiation Detection and Safety", "Reactor Analysis", and "Balance of Plant Process and Equipment". The courses are the intellectual property of the Texas Work Force Development Agency.

For more information, contact:

University of North Texas
College of Engineering
1155 Union Circle #310440
Denton, Texas 76203