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Radiation Control and Protection

For more information, email RadPro@nnmc.edu

Apply for the LANL Radiation Control & Protection Program
Competitive Academic Opportunity Application

This opportunity is a partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Northern New Mexico College (NNMC). It is open to students who are pursuing an Associates of Applied Science degree in Radiation Protection at NNMC and want to pursue a career at LANL.

The Radiation Protection program is designed to train students for entry level Radiation Control Technicians (RCT) positions within the DOE complex, and other radiation workers in the nuclear industry. This competitive academic opportunity provides tuition and fees for a full-time student, paid student internship at LANL, student/intern pay while physically in class (based on standard NNMC contact hours), initiation of the security clearance process, and transition to full time employment upon graduation with an Associate degree, providing the student meets all LANL eligibility requirements.

Radiation Protection Program

Competitive Academic Opportunity


Become a Radiation Control technician

Radiation Protection (RDPR) is an exciting field of study with many local, national and international job opportunities.
A Radiation Control Technician (RCT) works with radioactive materials or radiation generating equipment to ensure worker and public safety.
RCTs perform measurements of radio­logical conditions and levels. Always in high demand, they are a pivotal part of any facility that works with nuclear material, and are essential to the success of any laboratory or institution that works with hazardous materials.

Career Opportunities for RCTs: A degree in Radiation Protection (RDPR) qualifies radiation protection technicians to work with radiological materials at the Department of Energy (DOE), national laboratories, medical facilities, research labs, nuclear power plants and other industries. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) currently employs more than 120 RCTs, including many Northern graduates. Click below for an informational video about RCTs working at LANL.

NORTHERN New Mexico College & Los Alamos National Laboratory

Northern New Mexico College works with Los Alamos National Laboratory to train the next generation of men and women who will ensure public safety by carrying out the important duties of Radiological Control Technicians. This could be you!

People who enjoy working as part of a team are well suited for RCT work. RCTs must be detail oriented and are often called upon to solve problems. Being an RCT involves active physical work and RCTs typically perform a wide variety of tasks each day.

  • Protect workers, the public, and the environment from radiological hazards
  • Implement radiation protection procedures
  • Calculate radiological dose
  • Conduct radiological surveillance
  • Oversee contamination control

Cynthia P. Lentini
Program Coordinator &
Career Development Facilitator

(505) 747-5488

Are you career ready?

Included with our program is career readiness training. Career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace, including critical thinking/problem solving, oral/written communications, teamwork/collaboration, digital technology, leadership, professionalism/work ethic, career management, and global/intercultural fluency.
Learn more about career readiness here: naceweb.org

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