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.

  • PCP Courses:  The following courses six are sponsored by the DOE Packaging Certification Program (PCP).  ​Course schedules and registration information will be emailed to RAMPAC subscribers and posted on this page when the registration websites are activated.  To receive course announcements and other packaging related information by email, click here and follow the instructions to be added to the RAMPAC email list.

    - ARG-US RFID System for Management of Nuclear and Radioactive Materials
    - SARP Generalist: RAM Package Shielding Evaluation and Nuclear Criticality Safety Evaluation
    - SARP Analyst: RAM Package Shielding Evaluation and Nuclear Criticality Safety Evaluation
    - Structural Analysis and Acceptance Criteria
    - Thermal Modeling and Testing of RAM Packages
    - Radioactive Material Packaging QC/QA: Part 1 Welding/NDE Quality Control, & Part 2 Software Quality Assurance
  • Radioactive Material Packaging QC/QA: Part 1 Welding/NDE Quality Control, & Part 2 Software Quality Assurance, April 19-21 & 24-26, 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 19–21 and 24–26, 2017, 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 19–21, and Part 2 held April 24–26. 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.  Online registration is open at http://www.cvent.com/d/6vqtwx.External Link

    If you have any questions concerning the ​DOE PCP sponsored Radioactive Material Packaging QC/QA: Part 1 - Welding/NDE Quality Control, and Part 2 - Software Quality Assurance course, please contact Michelle Herawi at Herawi1@llnl.gov or by telephone (925) 423-4964.

    Students that successfully complete Part 1 of the course with a passing grade can receive 1.6 credit units from the University of California, Davis Extension.  Receiving the 1.6 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 691 - ASME Pressure Vessel Code for Nuclear Transport and Storage ($1600 tuition and course materials), June 19-23, Argonne, 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, design of internal support structures, and buckling analysis; 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.  

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

  • ME 697 - Radioactive Material Package Operations and Leak Testing, July 10 through 14, Aiken, SC:  This course provides 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.  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 following elements, with an emphasis on practical approaches to the development, evaluation and implementation of programs for the operation and leak testing of radioactive material shipping packages.

       •   Technical presentations and discussions,
       •   Applicable videos,
       •   Examples,
       •   Hands-on exercises, and
       •   Team exercises

    The Course will be delivered over five full days July 10 through July 14, at the University of South Carolina at Aiken, Business and Education Building, Room 124.  Online registration is required for all attendees.  Registration link is http://www.cvent.com/d/h5ql4x/1QExternal Link (click on the link or cut and paste into your browser).  Payment is made after registration.  The tuition is $1,300.  Registration link also includes the meeting agenda and directions.  If you have any questions concerning this course, please contact Bradley Loftin at bradley.loftin@srnl.doe.gov or by telephone at (803) 725-5319.

  • ME 695 - Methods for Reviewing Safety Analysis Reports for Packages and Performing Confirmatory Analysis, 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.  Registration fee for the course is $2,200.   A registration link with additional course information will be available on the DOE Office of Environment Management RAMPAC website in March 2017.

    If you have any questions concerning the ​Methods for Reviewing Safety Analysis Reports for Packages and Performing Confirmatory Analysis course, or would like to express interest in the course and reserve your space prior to official enrollment, please contact Michelle Herawi at herawi1@llnl.gov or by telephone (925) 423-4964.  

    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.

  • 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 Generalist Course is designed for project managers, supervisors, NCS/Shielding subject matter experts (SME), or SMEs in non-NCS/shielding technical areas (e.g., structural, thermal, package design, etc.) who need to better understand how the NCS/Shielding analyses fit in the broader SARP documentation.  Specifically, the Generalist Course provides an overview of the regulations and guidelines for the criticality and shielding analysis for a SARP, and the course shows how the NCS/shielding chapters integrate with the other parts of the SARP.  Students in the Generalist Course will review an actual SARP document after the course material is presented to emphasize the key elements of the shielding and criticality analyses.  The SARP Generalist Course is scheduled for June 5-9, 2017 at the National Transportation Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. ​Tuition is $​2,000. 

    The SARP Analyst Course 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 these courses, 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
April 19-21 Radioactive Material Packaging QC/QA: Part 1 Welding/NDE Quality ControlExternal Link  Livermore, CA 
April 24-26 Radioactive Material Packaging QC/QA: Part 2 Software Quality AssuranceExternal Link  Livermore, CA 
June 5-9  Generalist Course - Radiation Shielding and Nuclear Criticality Safety.External Link  Oak Ridge, TN 
June 19-23
ME 691 – ASME Pressure Vessel Code for Nuclear Transport and StorageExternal Link($1,600) 
Argonne, IL
July 10-14  ME 697 - Radioactive Material Package Operations and Leak TestingExternal Link($1,300)  Aiken, SC 
August 15-18 and 21-24  ME 695 - Methods for Reviewing Safety Analysis Reports for Packages and Performing Confirmatory Analysis  Pleasanton, CA 
September 11-15
ME 694 - Nuclear and Other Radioactive Materials Transport Security Argonne, IL 
September 18-22  Specialist Course - Radiation Shielding and Nuclear Criticality Safety.External Link  Oak Ridge, TN 



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