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Out of field for a while
« on: Jun 19, 2004, 08:35 »
Hello all,

First post here.  I've been out of the Navy since 1996 and have not been in the nuclear power field that whole time.  Now I am considering getting back into it and would like some advice.

BTW, I was in the Navy for 8 years as a MM/ELT and also went to RadCon Maintenance School and worked on a subtender in their Radiological Controls division.  I have not finished getting a degree but have worked on one off and on since leaving the Navy.  Since my EAOS, I have worked as a Maintenance Supervisor at retirement homes, basically a jack of all trades type of job.

Anyway, on to my questions:

1-What's the pay like in the civilian world of nuclear power?

2-What would be my best step to help me get my foot in the door?

3-Have I just been away too long?

TIA for any and all help.

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Re: Out of field for a while
« Reply #1 on: Jun 21, 2004, 10:22 »
Sounds like you could walk into the commercial field without problem, the only question is the position you would fill.

RADCON: talk to a contract company (Bartlett is great on stuff like this, but some of the other ones should be able to help you out if they need people.) Pay varies with region and by utility and short term vice long term jobs. For example, $20 an hour for Sr. HP Tech + Per Diem is similar to $28 an hour without Per Diem. DOE is also a possibility, and Bartlett can give some detail. They have a link here.

OPS: Check out some of the other threads on this topic, and then go to websites for each of the utilities you would work. For example, I would check out TVA, Duke, Progress Energy, and Southern Power: those are the only areas I am willing to work at this time.

Give us more info, and we will be happy to give more advice. GOOD LUCK!!
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Re: Out of field for a while
« Reply #2 on: Jun 23, 2004, 11:06 »
Thanks for the response.  It's good to know that getting back into the nuclear field is an option.  Now I just have to decided whether to finish getting MCSA certified (microsoft certified systems administrator), or changing direction and effort over to the nuclear field.  How is the nuclear job market?  Compared say to information technology?  Any guesses?

Thanks again,

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Re: Out of field for a while
« Reply #3 on: Jun 23, 2004, 04:04 »
Go to some of the utilities web sites and see who is hiring for what positions. We have an IT opening here at Brunswick, also seem to need operator from time to time, also many other positions at our sister plants as well. Look on this site at the job postings also, there are links to a lot of utility web sites and also many contract companies.
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Re: Out of field for a while
« Reply #4 on: Jun 23, 2004, 07:16 »
Now I just have to decided whether to finish getting MCSA certified (microsoft certified systems administrator), or changing direction and effort over to the nuclear field. 

Does it have to be an "either MCSA or nuclear" situation? Many of the plant software applications are fairly complex, and overload the capabilities of the assigned points of contact. The IT experts don't have a clue about nuclear documentation and configuration control. There is much money to be made by the versatile individual.

Check out this link: http://www.techassist.com/ 
I can assure you these guys are quite conversant in IT and Nuke. They would like to have better trained people at each site as the site administrator. I have seen how ugly it gets without that.........

Just a thought.

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Re: Out of field for a while
« Reply #5 on: Jul 04, 2004, 02:35 »
Yep-do both...flexibility = no barriers...IMHO

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Re: Out of field for a while
« Reply #6 on: Jul 07, 2004, 06:50 »
I'll jump on the bandwagon and say do both to allow jumping between career paths.. could keep you from being laid off.

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Re: Out of field for a while
« Reply #7 on: Feb 13, 2005, 04:02 »
Check utility sites, with your background you should be able to snag a job in the ops department at a nuke ( most x navy go into operations).

the business ( contract DECON, RP and laundry)  is dying slowly,  the wages are basically unchanged from 15 years ago. We are down to 2  contractors Bartlett and atlantic  and its just a matter of time before one of them buys the other.

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Re: Out of field for a while
« Reply #8 on: Feb 13, 2005, 01:37 »
Most of the NLO jobs are paying $28-32/hr. when fully qualified.  Most of the shift rotations also include some built in overtime and I'm sure you could pick up another day or two also.

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Re: Out of field for a while
« Reply #9 on: Mar 01, 2005, 01:19 »
NOLXXX -- you were making over $20 an hour and $80 to $100 perdiem 15 years ago? Not bad. I have found the pay and perdiem to be rising, perhaps a little slower than we want, but not stagnating like they did in the 80s. The last few jobs I worked as a tech were $23 to $25 (mostly on the $25 side) and $90 - $100 perdiem. A decent wage when you consider the overtime.

As far as the contract RP business dying, I have to strongly disagree. If you are willing to work there is plenty to do. Yes, the outages are shorter and you have to do a little more planning to get a good year in. But so far, no problems here. And as for the NLO payscale, it seems to match the house HP scale pretty closely... in some plants the HPs get more than the NLOs.

The business is very different than it used to be, but it still provides what a lot of people are looking for.

But, back on topic... I think the MCSA is a great idea, even if you go the nuclear route. There is a lot of opportunity for moving back and forth between disciplines. You might find jobs in one field when the options don't fit your needs in the other.
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