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Resurrecting I&C Career - Help Me Brainstorm
« on: May 17, 2014, 07:51 »
Here's the background: 
    -2 years experience as I&C tech at commercial plant.
    -bachelors in electronics technology
    -15+ years other nuclear experience (RP related)

Obstacles:
    -out of I&C for almost 4 years.
    -degree is 8 years old, so very rusty on electronics.

When I got out, there seemed to be lots of plants hiring.  Now...not so much...and the ones that are seem to want more experience than I have, so...  I need to figure out how to get more experience.  Avenues I am already thinking about are:
    -outage I&C work
    -valve tech work
    -non-nuclear I&C
Are there any other paths that I should be looking at?

Also, are there any electronics study courses (online or otherwise) that I should be taking to both renew my knowledge and prove to potential employers that I am serious?

Any other thoughts?

Thanks!   :)
The days that I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, I have really good days. -Ray Wylie Hubbard

Offline HydroDave63

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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2014, 09:23 »
Where, geographically, do you desire to work?

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2014, 10:28 »
check your PMs

been there, dun that,... the doormat to hell does not read "welcome", the doormat to hell reads "it's just business"

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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2014, 10:57 »
Where, geographically, do you desire to work?

Between Portland & the coast would be optimal.  Any chance they are going to rebuild Trojan?  ;)

Seriously, I'd prefer to stay out West, but there are individual plants throughout the rest of the country that are acceptable options.
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« Reply #4 on: Sep 24, 2014, 05:57 »
Here's the background: 
    -2 years experience as I&C tech at commercial plant.
    -bachelors in electronics technology
    -15+ years other nuclear experience (RP related)

Obstacles:
    -out of I&C for almost 4 years.
    -degree is 8 years old, so very rusty on electronics.

When I got out, there seemed to be lots of plants hiring.  Now...not so much...and the ones that are seem to want more experience than I have, so...  I need to figure out how to get more experience.  Avenues I am already thinking about are:
    -outage I&C work
    -valve tech work

    -non-nuclear I&C
Are there any other paths that I should be looking at?

Also, are there any electronics study courses (online or otherwise) that I should be taking to both renew my knowledge and prove to potential employers that I am serious?

Any other thoughts?

Thanks!   :)

There are LOTS of outage I&C and Valve Tech positions out there, so that's what I ended up doing...

:)
The days that I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, I have really good days. -Ray Wylie Hubbard

Offline ddickey

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« Reply #5 on: Sep 25, 2014, 05:48 »
Would love to do that type of work as well.

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« Reply #6 on: Sep 25, 2014, 06:21 »
Back in the startup days at Clinton, one of the I&C Techs left to work at one of Illinois Power's dirt burners.  He stated that he was never happier - plenty of work without two tons of paperwork, five procedures and everyone looking over his shoulder.

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« Reply #7 on: Sep 25, 2014, 07:36 »
Would love to do that type of work as well.

Time it better than I did...  I waited a few weeks too late and didn't get as much work...or as much training...out of the fall outage season as I might have if I'd sent out resumes in mid-summer.  If you are thinking about going on the road for spring outage season, I'd start talking to the recruiters every week from about Thanksgiving on...

Good luck!   :)
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« Reply #8 on: Sep 25, 2014, 07:40 »
Back in the startup days at Clinton, one of the I&C Techs left to work at one of Illinois Power's dirt burners.  He stated that he was never happier - plenty of work without two tons of paperwork, five procedures and everyone looking over his shoulder.

At some point, I hope to settle down at one of the mills close to the house.  I can see the appeal of ditching the procedures and paper...and just doing the work.

But, all the house jobs seem to want 5+ years of experience, so looks like it's be nukes for a few more years.

Fortunately, I still enjoy the road, so...

:)
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