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POSS (Power Plant Operator Selection System) Test

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Roll Tide:
Glad to help!
I believe I remember different sections were required for different jobs. Do well and everything is open......

M1Ark:
You have to get 11 on ALL modules.  If you don't they won't tell you you failed they'll tell you qualify for a fossil gen plant or a maintenance position (MOSS).  I believe the POSS is the mac-daddy of them all.  Yes they're all essentially the same.  I passed the POSS in the early nineties before the internet and knew nothing of it and did not prep for it and took it cold.  I was shocked when right after lunch and after taking the POSS test they escorted 18 out of 30 ex-navy nuke candidates with varying experience (Retired enlisted, Officers, etc) out of the room we where in and drove them to the airport immediately and wished them luck in their job hunting.  That left 12 of us for the 6 open positions.  The plant I just described needed 11 correct answers per module.

I took the POSS test again in 2003 and the test was almost identical to the one I took a decade earlier.

Good luck, Honeycomb!

Fermi2:
Did St Lucie Require the POSS for an SRO Position?

In addition to the 11 questions you have to get right you also have to get a certain amount done in the section or it won't even be graded. That's why a lot of former Navy nukes fail. It seems anti ethical to a nuke to have to work quickly just for the sake of working quickly. When I took it in 1990 we had a guy from my nuke school class take it with us. He had a 3.75 in Nuke School and failed the test!.

So far as I know DTE used it as a Go No Go. I don't recall them telling anyone who failed that they were qualified for anything else based on POSS results. TVA sends the results to the examinee with what positions they are qualified for.

The POSS really isn't tough at all. In 1990 when I took it I had no idea I'd be taking any sort of exam. I thought I was there simply for an interview. They herded us into a room and told us we had some testing to do just to see where our aptitudes might lie, nothing was mentioned about it being a Go-No Go for the job. They put it in front of us, explained the rules and when I opened the test booklet I thought oh an ASVAB. When we interviewed for a class in 2003 (or was it late 2002) I went up to talk with one of the interviewers and we were giving the POSS using the exact same testing booklets.

I'd go to Bellefonte in a heartbeat. I did see on the TVA website we have a bid out for Lead Instructors at Bellefonte.

Mike

M1Ark:
<Did St Lucie Require the POSS for an SRO Position?

NO

<So far as I know DTE used it as a Go No Go. I don't recall them telling anyone who failed <that they were qualified for anything else based on POSS results. TVA sends the results to <the examinee with what positions they are qualified for.

I wasn't talking about DTE.  One of our NLO's recently took the TVA POSS and was told he could retake it in a month but he only qualified for fossil gen.

<The POSS really isn't tough at all. In 1990 when I took it I had no idea I'd be taking any sort <of exam. I thought I was there simply for an interview. They herded us into a room and <told us we had some testing to do just to see where our aptitudes might lie, nothing was <mentioned about it being a Go-No Go for the job. They put it in front of us, explained the <rules and when I opened the test booklet I thought oh an ASVAB. When we interviewed for <a class in 2003 (or was it late 2002) I went up to talk with one of the interviewers and we <were giving the POSS using the exact same testing booklets.

DTE has only one POSS test and if you "fail" you can't take it again.  Hence you can never be an NLO there.

Fermi2:
Thanks,

I thought that smacked of TVA. I hadn't even heard of graduated POSS grading scales until I came here.

At one time DTE used to tell you that you could take the POSS again in 6 months but I never saw what good that did.

Mike

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