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« on: Nov 30, 2002, 08:08 »

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« Reply #1 on: Nov 30, 2002, 08:42 »

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« Reply #2 on: Dec 01, 2002, 12:50 »

If anyone has lodging information for this facility, please post it here.
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« Reply #3 on: Dec 22, 2002, 01:27 »

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« Reply #4 on: Feb 17, 2003, 04:55 »

Hello,

Does anyone here know how WNP 2 rates compared to other nuke plants? Safety, Reliablity, Performance, overall?

Could WNP 1 be finished and used to produce power?

Thanks,

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« Reply #5 on: Jul 10, 2003, 02:08 »

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Agree with you on the people...think you were being generous about the area.
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 10, 2003, 05:28 »

since I grew up there I can tell you the area is very nice and the Boat races are coming up in less than two weeks .  and the area has grown a lot since I left. I remeber when WNP2 was a hole in the ground ,  A lot of good times out at handford in the old days.
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« Reply #7 on: Jul 10, 2003, 08:27 »

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since I grew up there I can tell you the area is very nice and the Boat races are coming up in less than two weeks .


The "whoosh" boats are OK but the old RR Merlins made the Columbia Cup something.  "Thunder on the River" to "Whisper on the River"...to bad.  Did the initial fuel load and first power run back in the 80's.  For a PA guy it took a while to adjust to high desert but eventually found it to be very nice.  The people also were very nice.  Also a great area for outdooors activities.  Only thing, outside of the Tri-Cities there really is not much for 3-4 hours in any direction, unless you're a "wineaux".  It can also cost a small fortune to fly in and out of the local airport unless you're real lucky on an airfare.
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« Reply #8 on: Jul 11, 2003, 04:16 »

let ask you this did any ever go to Stalag 13?? what a place it was back in the 80s
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« Reply #9 on: Jul 11, 2003, 11:47 »

Yep! Stalag 13, they would cash your paycheck for whatever the cents was. Sure helped the out-of-towners that didn't have a local bank account yet. Don't forget Rider's Sausage, back then it was about 600' closer to work...hot sausage (with horseradish) & cold beer, m-m-m.
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« Reply #10 on: Apr 08, 2004, 10:32 »

If anyone has a favorite hang out, place to shop, or local information for this area please post it here.
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« Reply #11 on: Apr 08, 2004, 11:20 »

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« Reply #12 on: Apr 09, 2004, 07:15 »

Kind of far for a weekend, but this is as close as you will get in commercial power to the San Juan Islands - a "must do" for anyone, but esp. for people willing to sea kayak...Orcas, seals, whales....
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« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2004, 05:49 »

Last I knew, WNP-2 was a SALP-2.  Closer to 2-, but making improvements.  I really liked the plant and the people.

As far as #1, there have been discussions to make it operational.
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« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2004, 06:47 »

WNP-1 is a no-go.
Once the construction permit was relinquished, that is not a nuke plant. The feasibility studies might say use the turbine / steam cycle as the generator of a fossil powered unit, but definitely not a nuke.

The site might be considered for a new construction project, but I would say the Left coast is the last place you will see a new nuke.
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« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2004, 04:21 »

Last time I was there ('96) they were using something called Economic Dispatch.  If the power could be generated by means of Hydro and other non-nuclear sources then WNP-2 (Columbia Generating Station) would be either reduced in power or brought off line.   If there is ever a drought situation there, the residents of the TrashCities would be up a dry creek with no water.  In the summer months almost everyone waters their yard in the morning.  The Hydro plants would be used less forcing the use  of CGS.  One can only hope.

As for the area, I liked it.  Stayed in Kennewick and Richland.  Got treated well all times I was there by other residents and plant people as well.  Just haven't found the time to go back there.
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« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2004, 10:07 »

Wow!  Now that's really smart considering that it costs as much to operate a nuke plant at 0, 10, 20, 50, or 90% as it does to operate at 100%.  The savings in fuel would be miniscule if any at all.  You still have to pay all the other bills with no revenue being generated from production.  Meanwhile, you're slamming the environment with hydro/fossil operation.
With genius decisions like that, it is no wonder that we can't get any new nukes built.
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« Reply #17 on: Jun 13, 2005, 12:02 »

Nice place.  This outage was my first  and I had a good time for the most part.  Got to see some old (some older than others!) friends, and made a bunch of new ones.  The techs, both contract and in-house were a great bunch to work with and I'm looking forward to coming back.  Take care everyone and hope to see you all soon.
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« Reply #18 on: Jun 14, 2005, 05:00 »

You mean INPO 2 and 3 right? There's no such thing as a SALP Rating anymore since the NRC went to Risk Based regulation you get rated by colors within certain Cornerstones of SAfety.

In May of 2004 I was the Ops Peer for a WNP2 QA Audit and I had a wonderful time. I really enjoyed the people and the area. I ripped their Work Control Process though.

I'd go back on another audit there if I had the chance.

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« Reply #19 on: Oct 29, 2005, 10:27 »

Anyone know when the next SRO Instant Class will start at Columbia Generating?
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« Reply #20 on: Oct 30, 2005, 12:34 »

I think it might be awhile, IIRC they just hired a class of SRO's

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« Reply #21 on: Sep 09, 2006, 01:19 »

well...i can tell you it has come up in conversations among some techs at the plant but we are the like one of the last outages of the season so it might not be too bad getting folks to come here esp those that want a little pre-summer cash. I think it's hard finding techs for any outage at the moment tho..That being said..Diablo will draw many of the returnees..we will see in 7 months! Tongue
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« Reply #22 on: Apr 06, 2007, 12:32 »

Man being in that area in April or May is HEAVEN.

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« Reply #23 on: Apr 07, 2007, 12:08 »

Bill, your going to love it out there,, from one dc cook brother to another,, you'll like it just avoid the tumble weeds.. I loved it there..

Goodluck Bill

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« Reply #24 on: Apr 07, 2007, 03:24 »

ONE OF THE BEST HOUSE TECHS IN THE BIZ.  AND THEN SOME...GREAT PEOPLE IN GENERAL..
I'LL TAKE THE TUMBLE WEEDS AND THE DESERT ANYTIME.
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« Reply #25 on: May 16, 2007, 01:19 »

 you have vinnie samuels, paul kellogg, and the heeb...what more do you need?
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« Reply #26 on: Jun 22, 2007, 12:18 »

Just spent the Spring at CGS for R18 and had a great time. Good leadership and an awesome crew lead to a safe and smooth outage on the refuel floor.  Thanks Chris, Vinnie, and Jim for the fun on the 606'. Ditto to Dennis, Nichole (sp), and Charles for the picnics, ribs, and steaks - a very nice touch helping those away from home keep it real during the frenetic pace we call outage. Goodluck to Rich on St. Helens, you won't need it after all those stairs. K & B have fun at Yellowstone.  Broadzilla is right, Spring in the desert is an awesome experience! Hope to see everyone at our Unit 2 outage in the Fall. Peace and Karma to ya.

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« Reply #27 on: Jun 25, 2007, 11:43 »

Yes had a real good time on the refuel learning from the veterans.  No worries for me knowing that CV had my back.  Only had one gripe and that was Jim L faking a faint spell so I couldnt go on break.  Take care  Mr. Chambers hope your vacation is going well.  Thanks for taking care of my mistakes.  It was good to see a house tech working for his money.  Tell the gang hi at DC for me.   Like to thank the folks  at  Columbia for treating us real good if we can just get those prices down in the lunch room everything would of been perfect.   It was also nice to see some old faces.  Perks, Wally, Nap, and Lee.   Next time we want hotdogs Mr. Rod.         
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« Reply #28 on: Oct 21, 2007, 01:50 »

Anyone with some info on shift schedules and average overtime at Columbia?  What is an average annual salary for year 1, year 5, and so on?  Any overall opinions on this place would be helpful as well.  Thanks.
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« Reply #29 on: Dec 06, 2007, 04:22 »

Would need to know your specialty and level of qualification to offer any useful answer to your question.  WNP-2 does not, in general, offer the highest salaries in the business, but the cost of living is pretty reasonable around here.
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« Reply #30 on: Nov 30, 2008, 01:42 »

I'm a Navy ET getting out EWS qualified with about 9 years total. I'm very interested in working at this plant because my wife is from the Tri-Cities. What kind of salary and benefits am I looking at for SRO? I know the cost of living there is lower than many other areas, so I would expect to see a slightly lower salary. Also, how is the shift schedule for SRO? What kind of advancement can I expect to see and what is the likelihood of getting a day shift only job? I've got a family that doesnt take shift work too well.
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« Reply #31 on: Nov 30, 2008, 03:21 »

I'm a Navy ET getting out EWS qualified with about 9 years total. I'm very interested in working at this plant because my wife is from the Tri-Cities. What kind of salary and benefits am I looking at for SRO? I know the cost of living there is lower than many other areas, so I would expect to see a slightly lower salary. Also, how is the shift schedule for SRO? What kind of advancement can I expect to see and what is the likelihood of getting a day shift only job? I've got a family that doesnt take shift work too well.


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« Reply #32 on: Dec 01, 2008, 02:43 »

Our salaries are competitive with the rest of the industry for Operators.  We recently brought in a class of Equipment Operators, and have two classes of Control Room Operators (RO/SRO) finishing up this fall and next spring.  The next class will not start until about August of 2009.  We run a six shift rotation, 12 hour shifts.  Advancement depends on your talents and abilities.  You can expect to spend a number of years on shift as an SRO (usually).  There are not that many day-shift jobs, and lots of talented people that have been on shift for a long time.  If interested, openings are posted on our website, www.Energy-northwest.com.  Best of luck.
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« Reply #33 on: Dec 01, 2008, 06:37 »

Do you really think WNP Salaries are competitive? They must have really upgraded their pay structure since 2006.

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« Reply #34 on: Dec 03, 2008, 09:33 »

We made some changes to the Operations pay structure to become more competitive.  Our Engineering and other support positions were in better shape.
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« Reply #35 on: Dec 03, 2008, 11:01 »

get a raise very year! Wink
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« Reply #36 on: Dec 04, 2008, 11:41 »

I am having a great time!! The people are very nice for the most part there are some that just like to complain but you get people like that everywhere!!
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« Reply #37 on: Aug 07, 2009, 08:24 »

Has the smoke cleared yet?  Tongue
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« Reply #38 on: Aug 07, 2009, 08:46 »

Smoke is gone.....but the evidence remains.  We are now dealing with asbestos.  Looks like it will be a while till we are back online (2-6 weeks).....which sucks...except for the overtime.
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« Reply #39 on: Aug 08, 2009, 02:02 »

Smoke is gone.....but the evidence remains.  We are now dealing with asbestos.  Looks like it will be a while till we are back online (2-6 weeks).....which sucks...except for the overtime.

How about a brief update of what-in-the-heck-are-we-talking-about...for those of us that tuned in late...
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« Reply #41 on: Aug 08, 2009, 03:09 »


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« Reply #42 on: Aug 11, 2009, 07:56 »

Glad to hear everyone is safe.

2-6 weeks sounds like a long time. Any RTS date yet?
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« Reply #43 on: Aug 11, 2009, 10:48 »

There is rumor of a Sept 5th start up...but here at Columbia we all know how that goes. 
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« Reply #44 on: Sep 03, 2009, 11:31 »

Anyone with a link to their job site?  Or thoughts/data on when they might be hiring AO's from ex-navy MM's?
Anything would be great-thanks!
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« Reply #45 on: Sep 04, 2009, 07:09 »

Anyone with a link to their job site?  Or thoughts/data on when they might be hiring AO's from ex-navy MM's?
Anything would be great-thanks!

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« Reply #46 on: Nov 12, 2009, 09:02 »

I read 11/12 startup somewhere.

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« Reply #47 on: Nov 14, 2009, 12:21 »

Reactor went critical yesterday.....since I am off right now Im not sure of plant status at this moment.  Its been a pretty rough year for us here at Columbia.....except for the overtime $$$$$
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« Reply #48 on: Nov 14, 2009, 12:06 »

Returned to work today.......plant is at 85% power and should be 100% soon.  Entire RCA smells like burning DEH fluid (Fyrquel)
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« Reply #49 on: Dec 10, 2009, 07:51 »

Anyone know the normal class up/hiring times of Equipment Operators and Reactor Operators? I get out of the Navy in the fall and I'm wondering if this time would mesh with the hiring dates of the plant.
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« Reply #50 on: Jan 23, 2011, 08:33 »

(I clipped this from the Hanford thread...)

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......Yea For Columbia (even if we are ranked 104 out of 104) Cheesy

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« Reply #51 on: Jan 24, 2011, 03:17 »

INPO.....although we might have moved up to 103 recently.  We went from INPO 2 to INPO 4 following their last visit.  Equipment reliability is our MAJOR problem.....however we are on a 436 day run right now....just dont ask about "scheduled" down powers  Grin
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« Reply #52 on: Jun 13, 2011, 10:55 »

Couple of new pics...

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« Reply #53 on: Jun 14, 2011, 11:01 »

Now we just need some pics of our condenser replacement project......the one that was originally 70 days long....then was extended to 97 days.....that is now 190 hours behind that.  Actually, today is day 70....and they have yet to place a new module into the condenser  Cheesy
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« Reply #54 on: Jul 08, 2011, 02:07 »

Now we just need some pics of our condenser replacement project......the one that was originally 70 days long....then was extended to 97 days.....that is now 190 hours behind that.  Actually, today is day 70....and they have yet to place a new module into the condenser  Cheesy

How's it going now?  Hope things are doing better!
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« Reply #55 on: Jul 08, 2011, 09:02 »

Would you like to come back and help with 606' re-assembly sometime in August?  LOL
The latest schedule is 126 days.  The last of the condenser bundles is being moved in, a lot of fit-up and welding to be done...along with tube repairs.  It has been a challenge, but, I am confident
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« Reply #56 on: Jul 08, 2011, 11:14 »

Rumor is the Bartlett Coordinator is personally responsible for the 60+ day extention  Grin
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« Reply #57 on: Jul 08, 2011, 12:57 »

I'd like to hear more about that rumor?
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« Reply #58 on: Jul 08, 2011, 01:07 »

Rumor is the Bartlett Coordinator is personally responsible for the 60+ day extention  Grin

You're killin me....  don't make me take my tech's and go home....
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« Reply #59 on: Aug 24, 2011, 06:35 »

You're killin me....  don't make me take my tech's and go home....

So, how many of you are still there?  Someone said it may be another month before the plant gets back up?  wow...  Sad
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« Reply #60 on: Aug 25, 2011, 11:46 »

Making good progress, condenser work wrapping up, but, a lot of clean-up as you would expect.  Brought some help back in to off-set those going to other outage's.. Have to leave myself tomorrow.

How is life on the other side of the world?

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« Reply #61 on: Aug 25, 2011, 09:18 »

Making good progress, condenser work wrapping up, but, a lot of clean-up as you would expect.  Brought some help back in to off-set those going to other outage's.. Have to leave myself tomorrow.

How is life on the other side of the world?

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Glad you are doing good...

The other side of the world is also good.  I'm getting into my teaching groove.  The other day, I taught a career planning lesson that they loved.  They ALL stayed after class (even the little nyak layngs that are usually asleep at back of room) to keep talking about it...until finally I had to chase them off so another class could have the room.  Think they all want to be Nuke Workers now!

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« Reply #62 on: Aug 27, 2011, 04:00 »

We still have AT LEAST two weeks left before the plant in on the grid. There is a 10 day period devoted to testing alone.....and those of us that are actually working the Condenser Project know B&W isnt going to be giving the condenser back to us in 4 days  Wink

So when all is said and done.....this 70 day outage will be 160+
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« Reply #63 on: Sep 20, 2011, 02:32 »

i have heard that they are trying to connect to the grid, but are having problems, were at 1% on the nrc report today, anyone know if they will be coming back soon?
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« Reply #64 on: Sep 20, 2011, 02:34 »

i have heard that they are trying to connect to the grid, but are having problems, were at 1% on the nrc report today, anyone know if they will be coming back soon?

I'm sure that's just the non-public information some power marketing traders would LOVE to know  Whistle
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« Reply #65 on: Sep 20, 2011, 02:44 »

i have heard that they are trying to connect to the grid, but are having problems, were at 1% on the nrc report today, anyone know if they will be coming back soon?

We entered Mode 2 on Sept 18th. There is hope of entering Mode 1 today around 1800. If this happens (IF!!!) then we are looking at a grid sync on Sept 22nd and achieving 100% Rx power Sept 25th.  The only thing certain right now is this 70 day outage that started the first week of April has been..........interesting  Cheesy
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« Reply #66 on: Sep 20, 2011, 04:44 »

thanks for the update, certainly a very long outage at this unit
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« Reply #67 on: Sep 20, 2011, 11:42 »

 "Nuclear Implosion, The Rise and Fall of the Washington Public Power Supply System" by Professor Daniel Pope of the University of Oregon admirably explains the background of this incredible anomaly in the outage world.

Of the 35 BWRs in the US, four are Model 5 BWRs. Columbia, Nine Mile 2, Lasalle 1&2.

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« Reply #68 on: Sep 23, 2011, 08:10 »

Columbia back up to 2% for the 3rd day on NRC webpage, looks like are testing and they might be back by next week
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« Reply #69 on: Sep 27, 2011, 05:18 »

On the grid at 1249 today. Slowly headed to 100% power. Finally!!! Cool
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Hey guys I have been watching Energy Northwest's website for some time waiting for a NLO position to open up and I haven't seen one. I was just curious if there is some other route to try and apply or if I am just missing something? I have read that some places hire in cycles, is that how it works at CGS and if so do you know when it is coming around again? Thanks for the help.

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« Reply #71 on: Oct 20, 2011, 01:37 »

Keep looking.  I think we are starting a new NLO class early next year.  I'll find out and let you know.  We just started a License class so there won't be another one for a while.
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« Reply #72 on: Oct 01, 2012, 07:45 »

Interviewed for an SRO position at the end of Aug.  Received and accepted the job offer last week.  Looking to connect with folks already there and others who'll be in the ILC starting in Jul 2013.
 
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« Reply #73 on: Oct 01, 2012, 08:13 »

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« Reply #74 on: Feb 06, 2013, 12:29 »

Who has the Spring 2013 outage? Huh Huh Huh
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« Reply #75 on: Feb 06, 2013, 02:16 »

Bartlett..
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« Reply #76 on: Feb 06, 2013, 03:06 »

It's not on their outage list but, I called and details maybe 2/8/13.

Thanks for the prompt reply.  Smiley
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« Reply #77 on: Aug 07, 2013, 09:18 »

I have read that some places hire in cycles, is that how it works at CGS and if so do you know when it is coming around again? Thanks for the help.
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« Reply #78 on: Aug 08, 2013, 11:13 »

they just had interviews for RP, supposedly have more people retiring soon so might hire more, but they are slow to fully man RP and like to stay lean.  Guessing....2 years?  Wild guess.
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« Reply #79 on: Aug 09, 2013, 01:32 »

I put in for a position, hope to get a call! I would love to go back home and not have to work at Hanford LOL.
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« Reply #80 on: Aug 09, 2013, 06:08 »

they just had interviews for RP, supposedly have more people retiring soon so might hire more, but they are slow to fully man RP and like to stay lean.  Guessing....2 years?  Wild guess.

Apologize but not understanding your statement, the bolded stuff specifically.  What is RP and what is meant by saying two years?
Thanks and sorry for my ignorance.

I put in for a position, hope to get a call! I would love to go back home and not have to work at Hanford LOL.

Yeah on that I'm a little worried since I've heard the further away you are the less likely you are to get a call.  I'm in Georgia, soooo...
I also have no connections whatsoever.
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« Reply #81 on: Aug 09, 2013, 11:13 »

Apologize but not understanding your statement, the bolded stuff specifically.  What is RP and what is meant by saying two years?
Thanks and sorry for my ignorance.

Yeah on that I'm a little worried since I've heard the further away you are the less likely you are to get a call.  I'm in Georgia, soooo...
I also have no connections whatsoever.

RP stands for Radiation Protection and I believe what he means by two years is how long it will take them to fully staff the RP group.

I have a home in the Tri Cities so I hope that wont be a problem for me.
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« Reply #82 on: Aug 09, 2013, 04:12 »

I see.  Thank you for clearing that up.  I'm looking for an EO position there.  Been lurking for weeks trying to find info on CGS's near future hiring, etc.  Also looking to see if I'm wasting my time by applying when I currently reside in GA.  I don't see why that should matter especially since I'm able to pay my way over there and am from the region.
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« Reply #83 on: Dec 07, 2013, 06:06 »

they just had interviews for RP, supposedly have more people retiring soon so might hire more, but they are slow to fully man RP and like to stay lean.  Guessing....2 years?  Wild guess.

We have one guy who might retire sometime in the future.....however, as of right now there are no plans on replacing the next RP who leaves due to station wide workforce reductions (unless.....its Security or Engineering  Angry). We will be going from 27 Techs to 25 and we currently have 26.
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