Packaging University Courses


Listed below are courses developed by staff of the DOE Packaging Certification Program and includes current contact information.  Courses with an "NP" prefix are available for credit through the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), but non-credit attendees are welcome too!

  • NP 600 - ASME Pressure Vessel Code for Nuclear Transport and Storage, 1 credit, to be offered in FY22 at the Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL:  The objective of this 4.5-day course is to help participants gain an understanding of the regulatory basis, current design practice, and engineering rationale for applying the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code to the packaging and transportation of radioactive material and the storage of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste. Course highlights include lectures on the following: overview of federal regulations that govern (1) packaging and transportation of radioactive material and (2) dry cask storage systems for spent nuclear fuel; DOE Orders and NRC guidance documents, including standard review plans, regulatory guides, and NUREG reports; DOE/NRC lessons learned from certifying transportation packages and licensing dry cask storage systems; discussion of the ASME Code, with emphasis on Section III, Division 3, Containments for Transportation and Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High Level Radioactive Material and Waste, and discussion of Section III, Division 1; Section VIII, Division 1; and Sections II, IX, and XI; code and non-Code materials, containment loadings, design considerations with emphasis on design-by-analysis rules, and design of internal support structures; fabrication, welding, examination, quality assurance, test requirements, design qualification by physical testing, and containment/confinement requirements for leakage rates; structural, thermal, containment/confinement; shielding and criticality safety analysis considerations; aging management programs and time-limited aging analyses; and inspection and monitoring technologies.

    If you are interested in attending this course or have any questions, please contact Jacqueline Wrzesinski at (630) 252-3905 or jwrzesinski@anl.gov.
  • NP 601 - QA for Radioactive Material Packaging, 1 credit, to be offered in FY22 at the Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL:  The objective of this one-week course is to help participants gain a working knowledge of the quality assurance (QA) principles and methods for satisfying those regulatory safety requirements for packagings and casks used in the transportation and storage of radioactive material, including spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste.  Course highlights include the following: overview of federal regulations that govern (1) packaging and transportation of radioactive material and (2) dry cask storage systems for spent nuclear fuel; DOE Orders and NRC guidance documents, including Regulatory Guides, NUREG reports, and Standard Review Plans; ASME NQA-1 requirements on organization, quality assurance program, design control, inspection, test control, corrective action, and others; test requirements: ASME Code & 10 CFR 71/72 and Best Practices in Type B Packaging Testing; ANSI N14.5 Leakage Rate Testing; commercial-grade dedication and software QA; graded approach to establish QA requirements for components important to safety (small-group exercise); lessons-learned from QA audits and inspections at facilities using packagings and casks; DOE Quality Assurance Approval Program (QAAP) for transportation packagings; and DOE PCP packaging certification process and lessons learned.

    If you are interested in attending this course or have any questions, please contact Jacqueline Wrzesinski at (630) 252-3905 or jwrzesinski@anl.gov.
  • NP 602 - Methods for Reviewing Safety Analysis Reports for Packages and Performing Confirmatory Analysis, 2 credits ($2,200 tuition and course materials), August 10-13 & 16-19, 2021, Livermore, CA:  This course addresses the nine chapters of a Safety Analysis Report for Packaging (SARP):

       1.  General Information
       2.  Structural
       3.  Thermal
       4.  Containment
       5.  Shielding
       6.  Criticality
       7.  Package Operations
       8.  Acceptance Tests and Maintenance Program
       9.  Quality Assurance

    The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has presented this Course since 1986.  This course has a focus on Type ”B” Radioactive Material Transportation Packages as defined in Title 10 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations, Part 71 (10 CFR 71).

    Prospective students should have a minimum of a B.S. in nuclear, chemical, or mechanical engineering, or equivalent education or experience.  

    If you are interested in attending this course or have any questions, please contact Ashley Mata at (925) 422-7249 or mata5@llnl.gov.
  • NP 603 - Management of SARP Preparation, 1 credit, ($1,440  tuition and course materials), July 26-30, 2021 at the University of South Carolina - Aiken, Aiken, SC:  This course provides a basic understanding of the steps necessary to manage the development, submission, and utilization of a Safety Analysis Report for Packaging (SARP).  This course covers: the regulatory requirements, guidance, and applicable codes and standards used during the development of the SARP; templates for the development of the SARP writing team and for estimating the scope, schedule, and cost associated with the development of the SARP; various ways to evaluate radioactive material packages as well as format and write the SARP; the internal and external reviews associated with a SARP, as well as interaction with the regulatory body that reviews the SARP for completeness; and the processes associated with renewals, exceptions, special permits, and decertifications.  Prospective participants include DOE and its contractors and other agency and industry personnel who are responsible for SARP management; SARP leads, writers, and developers; engineers and package designers; and others who support Type B and fissile radioactive material packaging and transportation operations.

    This course will be delivered via synchronous live web stream with an option for in-person attendance, pending a reduction in COVID-19 restrictions.

    If you are interested in attending this course or have any questions, please contact Dr. Ed Ketusky at (803) 725-2641 or edward.ketusky@srnl.doe.gov.
  • NP 605 - Thermal Modeling and Testing of RAM Packages, 1 credit ($2195 tuition and course materials), May 17-20, 2021, offered remotely by staff of the Sandia National Laboratory:  The DOE Packaging Certification Program (PCP) is sponsoring the 4th annual course on Thermal Modeling and Testing of RAM Packages.  This course provides a comprehensive overview on thermal modeling & analysis and testing practices used to evaluate radioactive material (RAM) packages for certification by DOE or NRC.  The course provides a technical discussion of the following topics:

       •   regulatory requirements,
       •   instrumentation, design and performance of thermal testing, including open pool fire, radiant heat, and furnace testing
       •   measurements, and uncertainty,
       •   heat transfer modeling,
       •   computational fluids dynamics (fire) modeling,
       •   phenomena identification and ranking technique (PIRT), and
       •   Safety Analysis Report for Packages (SARP) issues.

    The Course will be delivered over four days. Course activities include the certification analysis of RAM packages and exposure to instrumentation installation with field applications. The course is taught by staff actively engaged in package testing and analysis at Sandia National Laboratories. These instructors will also provide virtual tours and videos of the Sandia test facilities, such as the Thermal Test Complex and Lurance Canyon Burn Site, and lead in-depth technical discussions of practices and lessons learned at these test sites and from many years of modeling experience. A final exam will be administered and reviewed at the end of the course. The course is open to US and non‐US Citizens. The number of participants is limited to 20.

    Prospective participants should be DOE employees and contractors, and other agency and industry personnel who are responsible for designing, evaluating, or testing Type B and fissile material transportation packages, as well as for preparing or reviewing the associated safety analysis reports. Technical background is desired, but not required. More information on course delivery will be provided in future course notifications.

    If you are interested in attending this course remotely please register hereExternal Link or contact Victoria Zamora at (505) 845-7738 or vezamor@sandia.gov for further information.
  • NP 607 - Radiation and Nuclear Criticality Analysis of RAM Packages, 1 credit, offered in FY22 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN:  The course will provide detailed training on the radioactive material package shielding analyses and NCS evaluation fundamentals needed by analysts/practitioners (i.e., safety analysts and/or technical reviewers) to prepare and/or review technical analyses for the SARP documentation.  The Analyst Course also provides an overview of regulations and guidelines in addition to detailed in-class exercises associated with the package shielding and NCS analyses.  With regard to the in-class exercises, analysis teams will be faced with “staged” SARP examples in which a number of important decision processes in the generation of a SARP will be demonstrated and discussed.  

    If you are interested in attending this course or have any questions, please contact Dr. Douglas G. Bowen at (865) 576-0315 orbowendg@ornl.gov.  
  • NP 608 - Radioactive Material Package Operation and Leak Testing, 1 credit, offered in FY22 at the University of South Carolina - Aiken, Aiken, SC:  The objective of this one-week training course is to provide a basic understanding of the steps necessary to operate and prepare radioactive material packages for shipment as well as perform pre-shipment (post-load) leak testing and routine maintenance. Proper operating and leak testing of radioactive material shipping packages is integral to the safe shipment and transport of radioactive material shipping packages. The course combines the discussion of proper operations (opening, loading, closing, maintenance, and handling) along with discussion of leak testing of radioactive material shipping packages and hands-on experience with both operating and leak testing of radioactive material shipping packages. The course consists of technical presentations, discussions, applicable videos, examples, hands-on exercises, and team exercises; all with emphasis on practical approaches to the development, evaluation and implementation of programs for the operation and leak testing of radioactive material shipping packages.

    The primary audience for this course is individuals that prepare, load/unload, operate (open/close), and maintain Type B or fissile packages for shipment of radioactive materials, those that prepare procedures and documentation related to these activities, as well as supervisors and managers of these individuals. 

     If you are interested in attending this course or have any questions, please contact Dr. Ed Ketusky at (803) 725-2641 or edward.ketusky@srnl.doe.gov to attend remotely via webcast. 
  • NP 610 - Nuclear and Other Radioactive Materials Transport Security – Domestic, 1 credit, to be offered in FY23 at the Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL:  The objective of this 4.5-day course is to help participants gain a detailed working knowledge and understanding of U.S.-domestic requirements, recommendations and guidelines for security during the transport of nuclear and other radioactive materials by all modes of transport.  In addition, the course will also provide an overview of related international requirements for security during transport, and will address procedures and methodologies that can be used to establish and enhance security during transport.  More specifically, it will address the domestic requirements for security during transport that arise from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) while also providing insights into regulations and recommendations emanating from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other relevant international and regional modal transport organizations.  The course will provide guidance on how to develop transport security systems by following a graded approach and applying modern technologies; how to establish safe havens and apply rules of engagement for escort, guard force and emergency response personnel; how to communicate amongst involved stake holders and public during emergencies; and how to develop transport security plans (TSPs) that satisfy regulatory security requirements.  The course will incorporate hands-on exercises involving TSPs, readiness reviews, and corrective actions; and a field exercise using the ARG-US remote monitoring system to track a mock shipment with “staged incidents.”  The course will also make extensive use of table top exercises (TTXs) to facilitate learning through role playing, discussions and group reports.  Two facility tours are included for the Nuclear Energy Discovery Exhibit and the ARG-US Command and Control Center.

    If you are interested in attending this course or have any questions, please contact Jacqueline Wrzesinski at (630) 252-3905 or jwrzesinski@anl.gov.
  • NP 611 - Nuclear and Other Radioactive Materials Transport Security – International, 1 credit, to be offered in FY22 at the Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL:  The objective of this 4.5-day course is to help participants gain a detailed working knowledge and understanding of international requirements, recommendations and guidelines for security during the transport of nuclear and other radioactive materials by all modes of transport.  In addition, the course will also provide an overview of related domestic requirements for the U.S. and other countries, and will address procedures and methodologies that can be used to establish and enhance security during transport.  More specifically, the course will outline the risks posed by the transport of radioactive materials and the resulting need for security during transport.  It will address the international recommendations for security during transport that arise from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); and international regulatory requirements and recommendations as set forth by relevant international and regional modal transport organizations, including the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).  The course will provide guidance on how to develop transport security systems by following a graded approach and applying modern technologies; how to establish safe havens and apply rules of engagement for escort, guard force and emergency response personnel; how to communicate amongst involved stake holders and public during emergencies; and how to develop transport security plans (TSPs) that satisfy regulatory security requirements.  The course will incorporate hands-on exercises involving TSPs, readiness reviews, and corrective actions; and a field exercise using the ARG-US remote monitoring system to track a mock shipment with “staged incidents.”  The course will also make extensive use of table top exercises (TTXs) to facilitate learning by role playing, discussions and group highlights.  Two facility tours are included for the Nuclear Energy Discovery Exhibit and the ARG-US Command and Control Center. 

    If you are interested in attending this course or have any questions, please contact Jacqueline Wrzesinski at (630) 252-3905 or jwrzesinski@anl.gov.
  • NP 620 - Fundamentals of Nuclear Security, 1 credit, developed by Sandia National Laboratories, to be offered date (TBD) at Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM:  This course provides a comprehensive overview of the various aspects related to nuclear security—serving as an introduction to key concepts, terms and approaches that support both domestic and international efforts to improve nuclear security.

    Student Learning Outcomes
    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
       1.  describe the contents of key IAEA Nuclear Security Series (NSS) documents (NSS-13, NSS-25G, NSS-7).
       2.   explain the role of nuclear material accounting and control as an element of nuclear security and how it can be integrated with physical protection systems.
       3.  describe the recommendations for physical protection, accounting, and control against theft and sabotage.
       4.  discuss how attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs impact nuclear security effectiveness.
       5.  demonstrate an understanding that there is a credible threat to nuclear material, and to associated facilities, activities and information.
       6.  apply engineering research and theory to advance the art, science, and practice of the discipline.

    If you are interested in attending this course or have any questions, please contact Steven Horowitz at (505) 208-2369 or shorow@sandia.gov or Adam Williams at (505) 844-6779 or adwilli@sandia.gov.
  • NP 630 - Fundamentals of Nuclear Safeguards, 1 credit, developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to be offered date/location (TBD):  This course provides a comprehensive overview of the various aspects related to the control and accounting of nuclear materials at a state level —serving as an introduction to key concepts, terms and approaches that support both domestic and international efforts to improve nuclear safeguards

    Student Learning Outcomes
    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
       1.  apply engineering research and theory to advance the art, science, and practice of the discipline.
       2.  identify the purpose and mission of a state-level Nuclear Material Control and Accountability program.
       3.  describe the elements of Material Control and Accountability programs and their integration with other security elements to mitigate against theft/sabotage of nuclear
           & radiological materials.
       4.  identify State, Competent Authority and license holder responsibilities for implementing a Nuclear Materials Control and Accountability program.
       5.  describe basic nuclear material accounting principles and the concept of localization of loss.
       6.  demonstrate understanding of the role of statistical uncertainty in nuclear material accounting.
       7.  demonstrate understanding of the role of Nuclear Material Measurement and Measurement Control.
       8.  articulate how Nuclear Material Control integrates into an overall nuclear security program.
       9.  recommend requirements for the accounting and control of nuclear materials in use, storage, and during transport against theft, sabotage and cyber threats.

    If you are interested in attending this course or have any questions, please contact Cary Crawford at (865) 241-9462 or crawfordce@ornl.gov.
  • NP 640 - Nuclear Packaging Internships, 3 credits:  Supervised independent use of engineering skills for professional project planning, performance, and communications at a DOE National Laboratory or Site.
  • Containment Analysis of Radioactive Material Transportation Packages, to be offered in FY22 at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA:  This course addresses the requirements, guides, standards, calculations, quality assurance, quality control, components, and operations of Type B(U), Type B(M), and fissile material packaging containment / confinement systems.  The course includes detailed guidance on the calculation of containment vessel pressure, satisfaction of the regulatory requirements using guidance in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) N14.5 standard, and operational considerations and cautions for containment vessel leakage rate testing.  Additionally, the course addresses flammable gas generation, approaches for limiting flammable gas generation and the concurrent deflagration and detonation hazards associated with flammable gas mixtures.  The course includes practical demonstrations of both: (1) nondestructive examination techniques used to evaluate the quality of containment vessels, as well as (2) leakage testing demonstrations with best practices and lessons-learned.  The course has a special focus on the hazards that can develop when Type B or fissile material transportation packages are used for interim storage of materials either prior to or after transport.  The concerns associated with using a transportation package for storage are discussed, including over-pressurization, the potential for generation of flammable gas mixtures, and methods for controlling contents to prevent these hazards.

    The primary audience for this course is individuals that design or evaluate Type B packaging containment systems or fissile material packaging confinement systems to demonstrate compliance with requirements of 10 CFR Part 71, Subpart E.

    If you are interested in attending this course or have any questions, please contact Ashley Mata at (925) 422-7249 or mata5@llnl.gov.  

  • Radioactive Material Packaging QC/QA: Part 1 Welding/NDE Quality Control, & Part 2 Software Quality Assurance, to be offered in FY22 at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA:  This course is delivered in two parts.  Part 1 provides background and detailed guidance into the review and evaluation process of Safety Analysis Reports for Packaging (SARP) relative to welding and nondestructive examination (NDE).  The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel code is highlighted as the metric to quantify the welding and NDE safety requirements of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 71 (10CFR71).  Detailed coverage of the ASME Code Sections II, III, V, VIII, and IX is included relative to SARP preparation and review.  Also, provided are presentations and demos regarding welding and examination technology; terms/definitions; examination of metals/weldments for common defects; and qualification of welding/NDE procedures and personnel.  Quality Assurance (QA) information relative to the requirements of 10CFR71, Subpart H, and ASME Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA-1) is presented.  (Part 1 is 2.5-days)

    Part 2 of the course addresses Software Quality Assurance (SQA) relative to Radioactive Active Material Packaging, including applicable regulatory documents, as well as the consensus standards that serve as metrics to meet safety requirements.   SQA fundamental concepts are covered in the following sessions: terminology, requirements management, risk management, configuration management, and testing techniques.   Also covered is an overview of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ASME NQA-1 sections relative to SQA, as well as practical descriptions of NQA-1 compliance details regarding commercial grade dedication of software, supplier evaluation/audits, and corrective actions.   Finally, a summary is presented of the quality assurance aspects verification and validation of finite element analysis (FEA) models and analyses.  (Part 2 is 2.5-days)

    The course will be delivered over a 5-day period, at the Livermore Valley Open Campus, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA.  Parts 1 and 2 of the course can be taken separately if desired.

    If you are interested in attending this course or have any questions, please contact Ashley Mata at (925) 422-7249 or mata5@llnl.gov.    



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