This guide, used in conjunction with a facility-specific job analysis, provides a
framework for the selection, training, qualification, and professional development of reactor
facility and non-reactor nuclear facility shift supervisors. Training and qualification
programs based on this guide should provide assurance that shift supervisors perform their
jobs safely and competently.
The shift supervisor is the senior management representative on shift who is
responsible for the safe operation of the facility. This responsibility typically includes direct
supervision of operations department personnel and functional supervision of maintenance
personnel and technicians, especially during backshifts and holidays. The shift supervisor is
responsible for overall facility safety, personnel safety, coordination of facility activities,
and facility operation during the assigned shift.
Training for the shift supervisor goes beyond the training for the nuclear facility
operator or reactor operator because of the broad scope of responsibility the shift supervisor
has as the on-shift management representative. This additional training addresses
management skills and behaviors.
DOE identified the need for shift supervisor training, qualification, and professional
development guidance. The need was based on the increasing emphasis on properly
conducting operations and maintenance activities in the nuclear industry. The shift
supervisor has become the focal point of the facility because of the impact the shift
supervisor has on facility operation and safety.
The content of this guide is generally applicable to all DOE reactor and non-reactor
nuclear facilities, with the exception of those topics which relate specifically to reactor
activities. Portions of the programs outlined may not be applicable to all facilities, because
operations department organizations, titles, and responsibilities vary among DOE reactor and
non-reactor nuclear facilities. Facility training personnel can verify the adequacy or improve
existing training programs by adapting the portions of this guide that is applicable to their