These handbooks were first published as Reactor Operator Fundamentals Manuals in 1985
for use by DOE Category A reactors. The subject areas, subject matter content, and level of detail
of the Reactor Operator Fundamentals Manuals was determined from several sources. DOE
Category A reactor training managers determined which materials should be included, and served
as a primary reference in the initial development phase. Training guidelines from the commercial
nuclear power industry, results of job and task analyses, and independent input from contractors
and operations-oriented personnel were all considered and included to some degree in developing
the text material and learning objectives.
The DOE Fundamentals Handbooks represent the needs of various DOE nuclear facilities’
fundamentals training requirements. To increase their applicability to nonreactor nuclear facilities,
the Reactor Operator Fundamentals Manual learning objectives were distributed to the Nuclear
Facility Training Coordination Program Steering Committee for review and comment. To update
their reactor-specific content, DOE Category A reactor training managers also reviewed and
commented on the content. On the basis of feedback from these sources, information that applied
to two or more DOE nuclear facilities was considered generic and was included. The final draft
of each of these handbooks was then reviewed by these two groups. This approach has resulted
in revised modular handbooks that contain sufficient detail such that each facility may adjust the
content to fit their specific needs.
Each handbook contains an abstract, a foreword, an overview, learning objectives, and text
material, and is divided into modules so that content and order may be modified by individual DOE
contractors to suit their specific training needs. Each subject area is supported by a separate
examination bank with an answer key.