South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa): Reactor Operations Learnerships 2024


The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is recruiting for the Reactor Operations Learnerships 2024.

Closing date: 15 May 2024.

Necsa Reactor Operations is looking for seven (7) Learner Reactor Operators to perform routine tasks under supervision and undergoes extensive theoretical and practical training.

The Licensed Reactor Operator is responsible directly to the Duty Shift Supervisor for the execution of all routine tasks and special tasks related to the control and selective maintenance of the Research Reactor and experiments.


The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) was established as a public company by the Republic of South Africa and is wholly owned by the State.

The long-term strategy of the Necsa Group builds on its core research and technology development mandate to ensure sustainability and growth of the Necsa Group while meeting the nuclear-related needs of South Africa.


The incumbent will undergo different Phases of training as a learner reactor operator at the SAFARI-1 Research Reactor. The incumbent will perform routine tasks under supervision and undergoes extensive theoretical and practical training.

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Phase I training must be completed successfully within 6 to 9 months where after the incumbent can be appointed as a Plant Operator and will start with Phase II of training.

At phase II the incumbent will perform certain tasks without supervision. Further theoretical and practical training will be presented over a period of 12 months.

Upon successful completion of Phase II training (maximum of 12 months allowed) the incumbent can be appointed as a Licensed Reactor Operator (should there be a vacant position and subject to the recruitment process).


  • Matric with Maths and Science on higher grade, preferably Technical Diploma in Engineering (i.e. Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical and Electronics) will be advantageous.
  • Preference will be given to persons with experience in process plants.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Have a Code EB (old Code 08) driver’s license at the date of appointment.


  • Prepared to work shifts.
  • In-service training will be given.
  • The incumbent must be medically fit in order to qualify as a noise; radiation and chemical worker.
  • The in-service training will be in English – therefore the ability to communicate well in spoken and written English will be a prerequisite.
  • Persons will be required to undergo, amongst others, tests for suitable comprehension of Mathematics and English concepts.
  • Must have own transport.
  • Must be able to work effectively in a team.
  • High integrity, dedicated and time management.
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CONTACT PERSON: Ms Dineo Semenya, Tel:      012 305 4676

Important: Necsa Group is committed to Employment Equity when recruiting. Therefore, priority will be given to African Females, African Males, and people with disabilities, in support of achieving our Employment Equity targets.

GENERAL: Should you not hear from us within 30 days of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.


  • Katlego Malope

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