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Having PPWS/EWS 5 or 6 years of qualified experience can qualify you for an SRO position. This would start at a much higher rate, and is typically salary, than an AO or NLO position. Usually SROs get around 6 figures with bonuses.
Commercial operators will start out at the same rate (in most cases) with or without Navy Nuke experience. If the plant is a Union plant the wages are already spelled out in a contract. Starting pay is in the $25-$30/hr range depending on location. Hope this helps and Thanks for your service.
And, from what I've read and seen you don't have any qualification that makes you better suited for direct SRO than any other navy nuke. It's apples and oranges shipmate.jwh
I see mixed "reviews", but looks like the direct SRO spots (if I was even offered one) would be biting off a bit much.
I've stuck out the Navy for nearly 20 years because I wanted to "do my part". I've had fun and the only thing I regret is that I missed a lot when my kids were young. Wow, seems like being in the Navy Nuke program didn't really help? We start out at same pay and non-experience operators? I do understand the plant designs are totally different though.
Wow, seems like being in the Navy Nuke program didn't really help?
I was hired into a class of 20 with various backgrounds and all at the same rate of 23 and change. A year after hiring we are at 30 and 3 years after qualifying full NLO we top out at will most likely be 40 and change accounting for yearly COLAs.
Ideally, wife and I want to live in the North East (preferably close to Boston) when I retire from the Navy next year.
In the Northeast, the closest plants to Boston are:Pilgrim http://www.nukeworker.com/forum/index.php/topic,999.0/all.html,Millstone http://www.nukeworker.com/forum/index.php/topic,12535.0.html,and Vermont Yankee http://www.nukeworker.com/forum/index.php/topic,893.0/all.html.I can't speak for Pilgrim and VY, but Millstone has been hiring OPS people pretty regularly.
Let me say this much about the instant SRO spots available. Make sure the "path" you are considering is lined with a "great" training program. The instant path is TOUGH.I too have over twenty years Navy experience on multiple platforms. Qualified many supervisory positions, and responsible for training supervisors. My engineering experience, I thought, would make the transition from Navy to commercial that much easier...I mean, how hard can it be? Right? Reactor, steam, electricity...it will be easy! I am undergoing the process right now and it is difficult.Broadzilla has some of the best analogies of navy nuclear to commercial, but he is right. It is a tough row to hoe. [Can I say hoe?] Can it be done? Absolutely. But as I said, you are going to put in some extremely long hours and no Nuke school doesn't even compare. Hope this helps.
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