Working In Nuclear Power
Nuclear power is a unique industry. Nuclear power plants are highly regulated environments
to ensure the safety of the plant, the public, and the workers. In every job in nuclear
power what we do is guided by procedures that must be followed. There is also strong
oversight from direct supervision, plant supervision, the NRC, and other work groups. The
nuclear power industry has a strong Safety Consciouse Work Environment culture, where every
employee is free and encouraged to report any safety, regulatory, or other concerns without
fear of reprisal, with several avenues available to raise concerns.
Working As A Contractor:
Working in the ice condenser is an excellent starting point to a career in nuclear power.
Because we hire so many "new to nuke" people per outage working for our group is a great
entry level opportunity to get into the industry. Many other employers view an employee
that has been badged as having a major leg up in being offered employment. Going through
the process of getting badged at a nuclear power plant opens a lot of opportunities.
Working nuclear plant outages: Nuclear power plant outages typically last around 4 weeks.
Most contractors string 2 to 4 of these together each season, with most work being in the
fall and the spring. Travelling between plants as a contractor is a great way to learn
more about the industry, make a decent living, and have a great work life balance. Most
contractors are off work for about half the year (the summer and the winter when plants
want to be operating)and can generally qualify for unemployment compensation while off work.
Our company lists nuclear outage opportunities at Dayzimopenshop.com. There are also several
other contracting groups out there that staff nuclear plant outages.
In House: Working as a contractor is a great way to get a foot in the door to potential
future full time employment with the utility.
Career Paths From Ice:
Because we need to bring in so many people to do our job and we only have 2 units that
need this specific work, we tend to have a high turnover. Many of our past employees have
gone on to other excellent opportunities in the nuclear plant industry. We also have a core
group of employees who continue to work the ice outages with us and work other contracting jobs
in addition to ice.
Permanent In House Utility Employees:
- Auxilary Operators
- Reactor Operators
- Security Guards
- Radiaton Protection
- Project Management
- Skilled trades such as laborers, carpenters, painters, and millwrights
- Steam Generator technicians
- Dry Cask Storage
- Fuel Movement
Submit a resume or email Us at firstname.lastname@example.org to join our team!