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Radiation Control Technician Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Monitors, controls, and processes radioactive materials and radiation generating equipment.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is first in a series of four classifications. Incumbents typically spend the majority of their time working with deliveries of radioactive materials, performing laboratory surveys, calibrating of equipment, and routine disposing of waste materials. Incumbents work with hazardous materials.

Examples of Duties:

  • Processes routine incoming radioactive shipments.
  • Performs standard laboratory radiation surveys.
  • Collects routine and special samples; performs routine sample analyses and processes analytical data.
  • Participates in the radioactive waste program ensuring safe collection, storage, packaging, transportation, and subsequent disposal of radioactive waste.
  • Operates calibration range and performs instrument calibration on radiation measuring equipment including ion chambers, pocket dosimeters, and proportional counters and G-M counters using a variety of probes.
  • Prepares and maintains complete, concise, and legible records of all related radiation control activities.
  • Makes routine and special observations of the status of radiation control systems and summarizes data.
  • Makes routine observations of status of approval holders, rooms, and labs.
  • Provides advice, assistance, and monitoring services to lab personnel on routine radiation safety matters and during contamination clean up.
  • Participates in the area monitor measurement program.
  • Participates in radiological disaster emergency drills and actual emergencies as required.
  • Arranges for the safe handling of radioactive materials

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of radiation monitoring instrumentation and methods.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to interpret and apply federal, state, and university rules and regulations regarding radiation control.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of radiation safety.
  • Knowledge of laboratory procedures and instrumentation, such as liquid scintillation spectrometers, multi-channel analyzers, and proportional counters.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Associate's degree or equivalent certification in Radiation or Physical Sciences AND one year of radiation handling or monitoring experience; OR, Three years of radiation monitoring experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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