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« on: Aug 12, 2001, 01:28 »

Don't forget to vote.  Keep your comments civil.
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 30, 2002, 09:18 »

Talk About: Braidwood
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« Reply #2 on: Dec 21, 2002, 09:00 »

Braidwood- butthead techs. Remember to use the union bathrooms whenever possible when there.
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 25, 2003, 10:52 »

O.K. whays the scoop on Braidwood?
Anybody know anything about the Plant, the staff, working conditions, and lodging in the area?
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« Reply #4 on: Feb 25, 2003, 11:05 »

Short outages, union/mgmt friction, and expensive hotels come to mind.
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« Reply #5 on: Feb 25, 2003, 02:44 »

I worked the SGRP and other outages.  It certainly wasn't the worst plant to work at but it is still Exelon(Comed).  Union/ contractor friction but management seem to like the contractors well enough at least on HP side.  Outages are short, 3 weeks for techs, but money is good.  Rent a room or place in Morris its not to bad.  Lived there awhile.
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« Reply #6 on: Feb 25, 2003, 04:51 »

Contractor/Management friction is a way of life anytime you get within 60 miles of chicago.  Braidwood, from the Union side usually runs smoother than Dresden or LaSalle, but that isn't saying much Smiley  Plus they are trying to match the Byron outage length's since Braidwood is the sister plant to Byron.
the last outage at Byron went 17 days from shutdown to spin up. Although they had a minor turbine problem and shutdown again after a day online, to replace some parts.
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« Reply #7 on: Apr 08, 2004, 11:18 »

go to the Boat and shake the dice!
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« Reply #8 on: Feb 24, 2005, 04:01 »

Wendel's is the place to hang out.
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« Reply #9 on: Sep 27, 2005, 09:53 »

I was just contacted by Exelon about going to Braidwood for an interview.  I am very interested in working for them.  I was wondering if anyone could tell me about the surrounding areas and where the people that work at the plant actually live and what areas are good and what areas are not so good.  If anyone could help I would really appreciate it.  I will take all comments and criticisms.
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« Reply #10 on: Sep 27, 2005, 10:55 »

The plant is in a quaint little town also named Braidwood.  If you looked forever, you couldn't find a better example of a small midwestern town.  Corn and High School Football are king.  You'd be straight down the interstate from Joliet and Chicago.  The trip is around 20 minutes and 60 minutes respectively - depending on traffic and weather.  There is so much housing going into the area that my info is obsolete.  There was a boom of new home construction that is probably still going on.
It is the kind of place where you could raise kids for sure.  Everywhere around has that small town environment, but you're only a short drive from America's Second City.  So, even though you won't find a Starbucks on every corner (or any corner at all) you won't be starved for cultural events, sports, shopping, or night clubs.  You'll just have to go a little ways to get to them.  By the same token, you are a good hour or more away from traffic jams, street violence, and all the stuff that makes a "bad neighborhood".
Beware, however, the Illinois drivers.  They pass on the right, make right-on-red turns without stopping, pull out into traffic... etc.  It takes a while to get used to them. 
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« Reply #11 on: Sep 27, 2005, 12:37 »

The braidwood area sounds exactly like where I live now.  Thanks for all the info
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« Reply #12 on: Feb 28, 2006, 05:20 »

Are there any Braidwood operator or training types here?
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« Reply #13 on: Mar 01, 2006, 08:08 »

Briadwood was cool in the 90's we were doing Steam gennys for numanco, and  it was a fun outage to work at. there was some good people there one of the Alara guys Mike Benson I ahd 1st meet him there god bless him. I rember going into kevins Corners suday night before the report day and ran into old road techs there. we  even made time to go to a bears game that year BRR. good place to work and one year we had Jr tech who was an FOB go house there as an operator. I am told he moved on. but at times we all do.
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« Reply #14 on: Mar 16, 2006, 04:29 »

Check this out

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« Reply #15 on: Mar 16, 2006, 11:14 »

Sure am glad I did not take their job offer seriously
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« Reply #16 on: Mar 23, 2006, 06:08 »

Braidwood operator type here. Absolutely love my job. Pay is good, people are good, location is good, and its a great plant.

Don't believe everything you read. Exelon has deep pockets and the locals know it.

Fact is only one local well tested positive for tritium and it was significantly below the EPA limit. Another useful fact...drinking a half gallon of water containing the EPA limit for tritium every day for an entire year will provide less dose than one cross country flight in and airplane.

Management has been completely transparent about everything related to this issue, but in this country everything is thought to be a conspiracy.

For what it's worth.
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« Reply #17 on: Nov 15, 2006, 01:35 »

The film Uncle Buck was filmed near there - you've got to love it!
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« Reply #18 on: Apr 19, 2007, 11:30 »

Fact is only one local well tested positive for tritium and it was significantly below the EPA limit. Another useful fact...drinking a half gallon of water containing the EPA limit for tritium every day for an entire year will provide less dose than one cross country flight in and airplane.

And drinking one bottle of ipecac will make most people sick....  Glad you love your job.... wish I felt the same about the place, but I don't
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« Reply #19 on: Aug 24, 2007, 06:55 »

other friendly Exelon people

Oxymoron Huh Huh

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« Reply #20 on: Sep 12, 2007, 08:16 »

Heading to Braidwood ... Sr HP  Never have been to Illinois and will be staying in Romeoville.  Any comments on the working conditions.  Do they have a cafeteria, lockers, tech room? Advice on things I need to be careful about ... what not to do, say.  Guess I am asking for some survival tactics to complete the outage on good terms. Chicago to me is like a foreign country. (South Carolina)
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« Reply #21 on: Sep 13, 2007, 07:34 »

I am sorry I can't answer your specific questions about the facility, but as for the area, relax... you will not be in Chicago.

You will be in the middle of the Great Corn Desert. The area is about as rural as you can get. More 'Andy of Mayberry' than anything else. The big city is far enough away that you only need to experience it if you want to.

As far as the plant itself, it is Exelon (West) and that means strong unions and although I was not there, I was at LaSalle which is practically next door as nuclear plants go. The house techs on an individual basis were OK, but as a group could be pretty mean to contractors. The union craft can (and did) refuse to listen to a contract technician... I covered all the contractors like AREVA, Master-Lee, etc.

On the other hand, I also worked another neighborhood plant -- Clinton, also Exelon but recently acquired. Before the purchase it was a 'mom and pop' nuclear plant and all the folks were pretty friendly. Hope someone else can give more specifics.
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« Reply #22 on: Sep 13, 2007, 08:04 »

I can help you a little bit here.

It is similar to the area I am living in near Cleveland.
Out in the sticks. Civilization isn't too far away.
Alot of good old boys, wannabe rednecks, Harley riders, Country music fans, and outdoorsy types.
You will have alot of greasy spoons to eat at, but they are good if your arteries are strong.
It will be colder around December. The fall is doable.
If you are staying in Romeoville, check out Zero Gravity (nightclub) on a Friday.
Unless you like Country music, I can't help you there.
Must stop: Aurora, Illinois. There is a great sports bar (Fox and the Hound).
Fox Valley Mall is massive and has everything.
Morris, Illinois has the Corn Festival if you like elephant ears and funnel cakes.

Tips: Don't go into Chicago unless you have a friend or someone who knows the area. The South Side will chew you up and spit you out. You can get off the Interstate and within minutes you will be in gangbangers paradise.

Stay around the lakeshore in Chicago and there is plenty to keep you busy there. Da Bears, Cubs, Sox, Bulls, and Blackhawks are great. The Magnificent Mile (Lakeshore Drive) is a great drive. Use judgment like in any large city.
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« Reply #23 on: Sep 13, 2007, 08:27 »

Thanks RD, Dave. The union folks sound much like some of the bubba types I grew up with and live around.  I don't mind working hard and like to get the job done without problems, but personality wise I am the introspective type.  Just concerned I might be overwhelmed. My sister lives in Michigan so I'll be visiting her before or after (main reason for taking the outage). Thanks for the advice about Chicago. I'd hate to not see some of it while I'm there.
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« Reply #24 on: Sep 13, 2007, 06:27 »

Heading to Braidwood ... Sr HP  Never have been to Illinois and will be staying in Romeoville.  Any comments on the working conditions.  Do they have a cafeteria, lockers, tech room? Advice on things I need to be careful about ... what not to do, say.  Guess I am asking for some survival tactics to complete the outage on good terms. Chicago to me is like a foreign country. (South Carolina)

Hey You will love it there Big locker room, nice break area, lots of friendly people! The food not bad either.house techs will help you out all they can!
but if you go make sure you go to Dresden too it is great too.
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« Reply #25 on: Dec 21, 2009, 09:52 »

I am interested in getting into the commercial nuke field as an AO and relocating to the midwest.  My wife is from the Milwaukee area so the Exelon plants in the Chicago area would be my first choice.  I have applied at LaSalle and more recently at Braidwood.  The LaSalle posting was a couple months ago and I never received any calls from that posting.  I meet the qualifications as listed in the job postings, i.e. ex-navy nuke and I have an A.S. in Nuclear Engineering Technology.  I have taken the POSS at another utility and passed.  I am very interested in the positions at Braidwood or LaSalle if they are still interviewing.  Does anyone know if it is possible to contact Talent Acquisition directly and if it would help in getting an interview?  Thanks in advance for your replies.
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« Reply #26 on: Dec 24, 2009, 05:54 »

As the old saying goes, "Perserverance alone is omnipotent."

Keep trying until you get what you want.  "Failure" is just another word for "try again".
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« Reply #27 on: Dec 29, 2009, 10:16 »

Hi Everyone,

I recently (12/21/09) applied for an Entry-Level NLO position at Exelon (Braidwood). My background is in Telecommunications (AT&T) and i'm interested in a career change to the Nuclear industry. I have a BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) degree in Electronics and a MS degree in Telecom.

I would really like to get into the NLO program (the Exelon training program starts in March 2010). I have not yet received an invitation to take the POSS.

Any advice on how the process works (i.e. how long between the initial application and the invite to take the test)? Also, ditto on the Talent Acquisition contact question from Navsteve.

Thanks.
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« Reply #28 on: Jan 18, 2010, 01:30 »

Hello,

I have a similar question to the above posters. Anyone know if they've started tests and/or interviews for the NLO position at Exelon-Braidwood starting in March 2010? I'm and ex-Navy Nuke and I went to college (Bachelors in Applied Science in Computers) about half an hour north in Chicago. I know a lot of people in the area and I'd really like to find out about getting a job at the plant.

Any advice on how to find out some information on when they're doing the tests? I've been putting in for entry-level positions all over the Midwest, but not many bites so far. Any help would be appreciated.

On a side note the area is beautiful and most of the people are friendly. The further away from Joliet and the suburbs of Chicago the better it is, but then again I've never enjoyed being near the big cities.

Thank you.
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« Reply #29 on: Mar 07, 2012, 12:55 »

This should be interesting..going to Braidwood as Night shift EHS on turbine deck(Siemens).
I was last there in circa 2001 for outage as a Scaffold Builder.
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« Reply #30 on: Mar 07, 2012, 03:43 »

I was last there in circa 2001 for outage as a Scaffold Builder.

Around the same time you were last on NukeWorker...
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« Reply #31 on: Mar 07, 2012, 04:41 »

LOL
I guess I deserve that Smiley

I jumped on after seeing SEC Advertising for my job Smiley
Seems they have jumped into the Siemens Wind Power EHS arena.

I've been doing Safety on Siemens Wind farms for a few years now....not a bad gig.
 
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« Reply #32 on: Mar 07, 2012, 07:24 »

We would love to see you become a regular user again.  Lord knows Nuclear NASCAR and RDTroja would love to hear from you more often.
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