Path for Submarines

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  1. Tobes

    Tobes Member

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    It seems odd that USNA does not offer Nuclear Engineering, what major(s) are typical of a USNA gradutes in the submarine force? Also, what is the typical timeline for NPS and Prototype after commissioning?

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  2. nuensis

    nuensis USNA 2016

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    There's a Nuclear Engineering track in the Mechanical Engineering major.

    http://www.usna.edu/MechEngDept/history.htm

     
  3. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012

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    Mids from all majors go subs. I know several history and political science majors going submarines, as well as chem guys and engineers. There's probably a larger proportion of engineers going subs than in other service communities, but it doesn't really matter that much.
    Because we take so many required engineering and science/math courses, having an engineering degree really isn't that necessary. I know guys from previous classes who were humanities majors and are doing just as well in nuke school as the enginerds.

    Some mids get to go to dive school before heading over to nuke school, but most pick start dates in the late summer or fall. Beyond that, I'm not sure how the timing works for the sub track.
     
  4. Whistle Pig

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    And the USN has a program which enlists top-shelf engineering grads exclusively from a handful of major engineering programs ... GA Tech, Rennsalaer, UVA, Penn, maybe one or two others escaping me. These are specifically for nuke school, many going to surface nukes.
     
  5. nuensis

    nuensis USNA 2016

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    Is this the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC) program you speak of, or another one?
     
  6. Whistle Pig

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    Not sure its official name. Sorry. All I know are USN guys who came up through these institutions and their ROTC programs.
     
  7. engineer

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    Yes, I believe the program is NUPOC. DS looked into it as a backup plan for USNA when he was applying last year.
     
  8. TwinsDad

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    For those interested in nuclear school!

    My son is currently attending the Naval nuclear school at Charleston as a civilian. The school has two parts, one being for enlisted Navy personnel and the other for Naval officers. Nuclear school for officers has approximately 90% naval officers and 10% civilians. The Naval officers are preparing for a nuclear career at sea in the Navy while the civilians are actually employees of the designer/manufacturer of the nuclear power plant. The civilians are preparing for a civilian career in either research, design, deployment or training.

    The Navy offices attending the school come from both Annapolis and Naval ROTC students as well as some offices coming in from the fleet. A few of the schools represented that I am aware of include Annapolis, SUNY Maritime College, United States Merchant Marine Academy, MIT, Virginia Tech, Brigham Young and Carnegie Mellon to name a few. Very few of the students have had prior nuclear training. The students usually come from technical degrees such as mechanical, electrical and Marine engineering, chemistry, and mathematics. Most but not all have had prior training in physics, chemistry and calculus. At least on the civilian end, students are expected to have better than a 3.2 GPA and most have 3.4 or higher GPAs. The program takes six months to complete after which the students go on for further training on actual nuclear reactors. There are no nuclear reactors at the basic school.

    Any candidates hoping to continue in the nuclear field could best prepare by choosing a course of study at college that they feel most comfortable with but certainly programs heavy in calculus and science would be a good preparation. The cost of study is intensive during the six-month period and applicants are screened carefully with particular interest in very high grades and a solid technical background.
     
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  9. 2012mom?

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    The following link shows the training pipeline (62 weeks plus "pipeline" gaps) and first two post-training assignments for sub officers. Note that the training is the same whether the newly commissioned Ensign is from USNA, NROTC, or OCS.
    http://www.navy.com/careers/nuclear-energy/submarine-warfare-nuclear.html

    My 2012 Mid is going subs as a chem major. So long as a person has the understanding of physics, chemistry, calculus, etc to get through the interview process (and pass the nuke curriculum), their major doesn't matter.
     
  10. air1530

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    Colorado School of Mines is another.
     

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