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 six courses were developed and offered on a regular basis for EM PCP by the Argonne (ANL), Lawrence Livermore (LLNL), and Savannah River (SRNL) National Laboratories, and have recently been given UNR Mechanical Engineering (ME) course numbers:

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    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 ​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)

    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 (while this list currently only contains 4 additional credits, new courses are being developed and planned to be available within the next two years). 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, https://www.unr.edu/degrees/nuclear-packaging/certificate,External Link or contact the Program Officer, Dawn Snyder at dawnas@unr.edu or by telephone at (800) 233-8928.

  • ME 695 - Methods for Reviewing Safety Analysis Reports for Packages and Performing Confirmatory Analysis ($2,200 tuition and course materials), August 15-18 & 21-24, Pleasanton, 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

    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).

    The Course will be delivered over an 8-day period, August 15–18 and 21–24, 2017, at the Four Points by Sheraton in Pleasanton, California.  To enroll in the course, please complete registration at: http://www.cvent.com/d/y5qc5z.External Link

    If you have any questions or concerns relating to the ​Methods for Reviewing Safety Analysis Reports for Packages and Performing Confirmatory Analysis course, please contact Donna Ehlers at Ehlers1@llnl.gov or by telephone (925) 422-8978.  

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

    The course Methods for Reviewing Safety Analysis Reports for Packages and Performing Confirmatory Analysis (ME-695, two academic credits) is available for credit at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) within the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program, and may be applied to a Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Packaging (GCNP) from the UNR.  Students will receive UNR graduate credit for the course if they:
       •  Gain special graduate admission to UNR
       •  Enroll in the UNR course and pay tuition
       •  Pass the course

    These credits may be applied toward graduate degrees at UNR or any other university that accepts the credit.  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 radioactive materials.  For more information regarding admission and application to the UNR program, please refer to the link, https://www.unr.edu/degrees/nuclear-packaging/certificate,External Link or contact the Program Officer, Dawn Snyder at dawnas@unr.edu or by telephone at (800) 233-8928.

    Additionally, students that successfully complete the course with a passing grade can receive 5.5 credit units from the University of California (U.C.), Davis Extension.  Receiving the 5.5 credit units from U.C. Davis Extension is optional and has an additional registration cost to be paid separately to the University of California after completion of the course.

  • ME 694 - Nuclear and Other Radioactive Materials Transport Security ($1,800 tuition and course materials), September 11-15, Argonne, IL:  The objective of this 4.5-day course is to help participants understand (1) international and U.S.-domestic requirements for security during the transport of nuclear and other radioactive materials by all modes of transport and (2) the methodologies that can be used to satisfy those requirements.  The 2017 course will focus and emphasize international transport security, whereas the 2018 course will focus and emphasize U.S. domestic transport security.  Course highlights include the following: the need for transport security, fundamental security principles, and definitions; overview of international and U.S. domestic transport security requirements and recommendations and guidance from international and U.S. governmental organizations; how to develop transport security systems by following a graded approach; how to establish the rules of engagement for escort, guard force, and emergency response force personnel; how to communicate with the public during emergencies; how to develop transport security plans (TSPs) that satisfy regulatory security requirements; hands-on exercises involving TSPs, readiness review, and corrective actions; and a field exercise using the ARG-US remote monitoring system to track a mock shipment with “staged incidents”.  

    Online registration is open at http://www.ne.anl.gov/training/transportsecurity/index2017.html.External Link

  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Packaging Certification Program (PCP), Office of Packaging and Transportation, is offering Safety Analysis Report for Packaging (SARP) shielding and Nuclear Criticality Safety (NCS) courses for SARP generalists and SARP analysts.  

    The SARP Analyst Course ($2,000 tuition and course materials) will provide detailed instruction 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.  The SARP Analyst Course is scheduled for September 18-22, 2017 at the National Transportation Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN.  ​Tuition is $​2,000. 

    Course registration information is available at the following website link: https://public.ornl.gov/conferences/sarp/index.shtml.External Link  

    If you have any questions concerning the course, please contact Douglas G. Bowen at bowendg@ornl.gov or (865) 576-0315.
  • FY 2017 Course Schedule: Listed below are the Packaging Certification Program (PCP) courses planned in FY 2017.  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_FY17)
Date Title (course fee) Location
August 15-18 and 21-24 ME 695 - Methods for Reviewing Safety Analysis Reports for Packages and Performing Confirmatory AnalysisExternal Link($2,200)  Pleasanton, CA 
September 11-15
ME 694 – Nuclear and Other Radioactive Materials Transport SecurityExternal Link($1,800) 
Argonne, IL 
September 18-22  Analyst Course - Radiation Shielding and Nuclear Criticality SafetyExternal Link($2,000)  Oak Ridge, TN 



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