Packaging University

  • University of Nevada, Reno Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Packaging:  The U.S. Department of Energy's Packaging Certification Program (DOE PCP) has been working with the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Mechanical Engineering Department since 2013 to develop an accredited graduate-level nuclear packaging program.  The Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Packaging (GCNP) provides a curriculum in packaging for nuclear and other radioactive materials that complements graduate programs in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering and is more applied-knowledge-based than research-based.  The admission requirements is an earned baccalaureate degree in mechanical, materials, nuclear or a closely-related engineering field, or a baccalaureate degree and background in project management related to packaging of nuclear and other radioactive materials.  The Certificate and its courses have been approved by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), Redmond, WA.External Link

    The purposes of developing the Certificate are to (a) to encourage students to complete a curriculum in packaging safety and security of nuclear and other radioactive materials that has both depth and breadth, and (b) provide a graduate-level curriculum designed to give students an advantage when seeking employment or advancement in the area of packaging of nuclear and other radioactive materials, or related fields.

    The following seven courses were developed and offered on a regular basis for DOE PCP by the Argonne (ANL), Lawrence Livermore (LLNL), Sandia (SNL), and Savannah River (SRNL) National Laboratories, and are are assigned the following UNR Mechanical Engineering (ME) course numbers:


    ME 691 - ASME Pressure Vessel Code for Nuclear Transport and Storage, 1 credit (offered only at ​ANL)
    ME 692 - QA for Radioactive Material Packaging, 1 credit (offered only at ​ANL)
    ME 694 - Nuclear and Other Radioactive Materials Transport Security, 2 credits (offered only at ​ANL)
    ME 695 - SARP Review and Confirmatory Analysis, 2 credits (offered only at LLNL)
    ME 696 - Management of SARP Preparation, 1 credit (offered only at SRNL)
    ME 697 - Radioactive Material Package Operations and Leak Testing, 1 credit (offered only at SRNL)
    ME 698 - Thermal Modeling and Testing of RAM Packages, 1 credit (offered only at SNL)

    Students who enroll in these ​DOE PCP classes will receive UNR graduate credit if they: (1) Gain special graduate admission to UNR, (2) Enroll in the UNR course and pay tuition, and (3) Pass the course. These credits may be applied toward graduate degrees at UNR or any other university that accepts that credit.

    If students receive a C grade or better in a class, then the student will be able to use the credits toward UNR’s 9-credit GCNP. To earn the Certificate, students must complete ME 691, ME 692 and ME 69​5, which are required. They must take 5 additional elective credits from the above list. Finally, to earn the GCNP, students must earn least a B average in the courses.

    For more information regarding admission and application to the UNR program, please refer to the link,,External Link or contact the Program Officer, Dawn Snyder at or by telephone at (800) 233-8928.
  • ME 692 - QA for Radioactive Material Packaging ($1700 tuition and course materials), March 12-16, Argonne, 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.

    Early registrants will receive a discounted tuition rate ($1600) for registering before February 12, 2018.  

    Register online at Link  If you have any questions about his course, please contact Sharon Ryan at (630) 252-3754 or

  • Radioactive Material Packaging QC/QA: Part 1 Welding/NDE Quality Control, & Part 2 Software Quality Assurance, April 11-13 & 16-18, 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 6-day period, April 11–13 and 16–18, 2018, at the Livermore Valley Open Campus, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California.  Parts 1 and 2 of the course can be taken separately if desired, with Part 1 held April 11–13, and Part 2 held April 16–18. Registration fee for the full course, Parts 1 and 2, is $1,600.  Registration fee for either Part 1 or Part 2 of the course is $900.

    If you have any questions about his course or to reserve a seat until online registration opens, please contact Donna Ehlers at (925) 422-8978 or

  • ME 696 - Management of SARP Preparation, May 7-11, Aiken, SC, ($1,095 tuition and course materials):  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.  

    Register online ​at Link  If you have any questions concerning this course, please contact Ed Ketusky at (803) 725-2641 or  

    See RAMPAC for listing of all (ten) Packaging Certification Program courses and latest schedule.  Courses with ME 6xx prefixes are available for graduate credit at University of Nevada (UNR), Reno.  See UNR website at Link for additional information about their certificate program.
  • FY 2018 Course Schedule: Listed below are the Packaging Certification Program (PCP) courses planned in FY 2018.  Courses with ME 6xx prefixes are available for graduate credit at University of Nevada, Reno.  Registration information and course fees will be emailed to RAMPAC subscribers (click here and follow the instructions to be added to the RAMPAC email list) and posted on this page when the registration websites are activated.  Note to DOE/DOE Contractors:   DOE PCP courses are an exempted event and therefore are not subject to the conference management approval and reporting process. (see Exemption approval for PCP_Courses_FY18)
Date Title (course fee) Location
March 12-16, 2018 ME 692 – Quality Assurance for Radioactive Material PackagingExternal Link  Argonne, IL 
April 11-13 & 16-18, 2018 RAM Packaging QC/QA: Part 1 – Welding / NDE Quality Control, & Part 2 – Software Quality Assurance  Pleasanton, CA 
May 7-11, 2018 ME 696 - Management of SARP PreparationExternal Link  Aiken, SC 
June 4-8, 2018 SARP Generalist: Radiation Shielding and Nuclear Criticality Safety  Oak Ridge, TN 
June 18-22, 2018 ME 691 – ASME Pressure Vessel Code for Nuclear Transport and Storage  Argonne, IL 
July 9-13, 2018 ME 697 - Radioactive Material Package Operations and Leak Testing   Aiken, SC 
August 14-17 & 20-23, 2018 ME 695 – Methods for Reviewing Safety Analysis Reports for Packages and Performing Confirmatory Analysis  Pleasanton, CA 
September 10-14, 2018 ME 694 – Nuclear and Other Radioactive Material Transport Security  Argonne, IL 
September 17-21, 2018 SARP Analyst: Radiation Shielding and Nuclear Criticality Safety  Oak Ridge, TN 
November 5-9, 2018  ME 698 - Thermal Modeling and Testing of RAM Packages  Albuquerque, NM

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