Nuclear Energy Course — An Introduction

nuclear energy course

Key Facts

CPE Credits: 8


Venue: Please refer to the calendar.

Fee: $1295 + GST
Early bird fee: $1195 + GST
Early bird discount applies if registered by indicated deadline.
Discounts apply for more than 1 registrant.

Application Process: Click here to register.

Course Contact: If you have any questions about this course, e-mailor phone 403-457-0260.


Recently Oak Leaf Energy Training has been expanding into non-fossil energy areas such as wind and renewables. Take the nuclear energy course to learn about nuclear fundamentals. Nuclear energy is complex and controversial and the recent accident at Fukushima in Japan has called into question its future. It is also a highly polarized topic with the nuclear industry and anti-nuclear groups taking widely divergent views of the key issues. This 2-day course is intended to be as objective and unbiased as possible, acknowledging all points of view.

The first aim is to give a layperson the background needed to understand the main nuclear issues in an accurate but not overly technical manner. With this background established, the major nuclear issues including reactor safety, nuclear waste, uranium mining, economics, and the future of the nuclear industry are covered in the Canadian context.

Policy makers, financial analysts, and new employees of companies dealing with the nuclear industry will benefit from the perspectives of this course. The course will also be of interest and use to smaller communities and First Nations faced with the prospect of having nuclear facilities such as uranium mines, nuclear waste sites and reactors being proposed for their lands.

David Jackson, your instructor, has spent his career in the nuclear industry and is a veteran instructor; he has the knowledge and experience to make the complexities of nuclear energy understandable to all.

Course Outline

Day 1 — Nuclear Technology

The basics of Atoms and Radiation– Atoms, protons, neutrons; isotopes; alpha, beta, gamma radiation; radioactive decay; half life; radiation safety measures

Health Effects of Radiation– Naturally occurring radiation; effects on cells & DNA; benefits of low level radiation; contamination

Applications of Radiation– Isotope production; medical diagnosis & treatment; industrial applications

Nuclear Reactors – Einstein’s equation; fission; chain reaction; moderation; how reactors work; types of reactors; CANDU – the Canadian reactor

Day 2 — Nuclear Issues

Reactor Safety– Decay heat; hydrogen explosions; defence in depth & safety culture; Loss of Cooling (LOCA) and Loss of Regulation (LORA) accidents; disaster communications and evacuation; Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima

Security & Nuclear Non-Proliferation – Avoiding weapons production; Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty; inspection & control of nuclear materials

Uranium– Canada and World reserves; mining, milling & refining; enrichment; environmental impacts

Nuclear Waste – Low, intermediate & high level waste; nuclear fuel waste; management of nuclear waste; reprocessing; deep geological repositories

Economics and the Nuclear Future – Reactor construction costs, prospects for new reactors in Canada & the world, small reactors, thorium, fusion

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