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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 currently employs more than 120 RCTs, including many Northern graduates.

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

Contact: Joaquin Gallegos, Chair
Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science
Northern New Mexico College
505 747.5480,

Programs in Radiation Protection

Associate of Applied Science in Radiation Protection (RDPR)

Our Radiation Protection program teaches state-of-the-art practices in industrial hygiene. You will learn about different types of radiation, their properties, and ways to keep yourself and your co-workers safe while working within the field of energy.

Technical Certificate in Radiation Control (RCT)

Our certificate program teaches entry level skills required for employment in the nuclear industry, including conducting and interpreting radiation surveys, and assessing personnel protection requirements. Coursework includes classroom, lab instruction and supervised field experience.

“What I like most about being an RCT is that every day is different. I have the luxury of being involved in many different projects, working in different areas and continuing my education daily with the work that I support.” — Chelsey R. Rodriguez, DESHF-TA-55 RCT

Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, our experienced faculty, and NORTHERN provides students with unique opportunities for academic, personal and professional growth. “You will have personalized attention, something difficult to get at larger colleges. We provide strong hands-on experiences from day one.” –Dr. Ivan Lopez, Dean, College of Engineering & Technology
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.