Need advice of currently employed nuclear engineers

I have a family member graduating from Purdue in Nuclear Engineering.  I'd like to help him start build a work wardrobe but have no idea what the standards are in your industry at this time. 

i assume a suit is still needed for interviews on campus.  What about interviews on site?  How do you typically dress once employed?

Thanks, I'd like this to be a surprise and things were very different when I got out of school.

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  • First, congratulations to your son on graduating from a great college in Nuclear Engineering! That is a great accomplishment.

    I am not a Nuclear Engineer but I have been to numerous nuclear plants. Most engineers on site wear business casual - khakis and a button down shirt or "Polo shirt".  You can always add a tie and blue blazer for when the need arises.

    For an interview, I would wear a suit. Got make a good first impression.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    In reply to Cam Abernethy:

    Thanks Cam.

    We are all very excited; we more so than him due to his schedule being very full.   He just wants to live through it all.  We keep encouraging him and letting him know that it will be worth it.

    Thanks for the info on dress as well.  I completed a Computer Science degree way back in the early 80's (and yes there were computers back then to all you younger folks), and business dress back then was very different.  Quite a bit of my first checks went towards wool suits and building up enough that I didn't need to stop at the dry cleaners every couple of days.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    Very simple.  School interview, wear a suit.  When you visit the site for an interview, business casual, with a tie.  Everyday working day, business casual, unless you are requested to wear a tie for a presentation to upper management or somethng.  Some places have special casual dresss days where they are allowed to wear jeans etc.

    Good luck in your career.  I just finished mine 39  yrs. in the nuclear industry.  Its come a long ways and I was involved in all of it.  Been lots of fun.  First worked with one of the NSSS makers then took a job with a nuclear utility back in the late 70's and stayed until I retired.

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