The College of Southern Maryland is working in conjunction with Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, LLC (CENG), a joint venture of Constellation Energy and the EDF Group, to offer degrees to students who wish to pursue careers in the nuclear energy field. In anticipation of the third nuclear reactor being built at the Calvert Cliffs plant, CSM has developed a new degree program in Nuclear Engineering Technology. Anticipated job openings exceed 4,000 skilled workers during construction and 200 technicians during the operations phase.
The Instrumentation and Control degree program will prepare area students with the necessary education and skills to successfully compete for the new jobs. Some classes for the program will be at held at the college's new Center for Nuclear Energy Training in Prince Frederick.
Graduates of CSM’s programs will have a distinct advantage over other job applicants for these positions. CENG has indicated that new employees who have not completed a program, such as this one, would have to go through two years of internal training before reaching the same competency level as CSM graduating students. CENG has indicated a preference for hiring Nuclear Engineering Technology graduates.
College of Southern Maryland is part of the Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Project (NUCP). In this program, NEI developed a curriculum for Nuclear Engineering Technician programs and provided it to a pilot group made up of a small number of community colleges in the United States. The College of Southern Maryland is the only college in Maryland participating in this pilot program.