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Have been looking around to see what will be available early next year when I retire and was wondering what people had to say about DUKE.  Specifically I would love to get into Mcguire or Catawaba (looking to move to Charlotte after retirement).  Any info would be greatly welcome!!!

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Duke tends to keep their hiring plans close to the vest. I believe a guy from this board either interviewed or hired in there as a Non Licensed Operator. I'm not sure which member it is.

Should you get hired into either plant you'll be at an Ice Condenser Containment. The concept and construction is mind boggling to say the least. Westinghouse 4 Loop Reactors are complete A** Kickers, I'm not sure there's a poor running one in the entire country.


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Mike have you heard much about DUKE as a compnany to work for? and thanks I search for the guy and found him, plan on emailing and see if he would be willing to talk on phone about what he knows about Duke. 

Does anyone else know if Duke is hiring soon?  i hae made numerous searches but have had very little luck with the nuclear jobs at the Plants near Charlotte.  Any help or advice would be welcome.

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I'm not sure. I know a couple of SROs who work at Duke and they're not happy. I usually take stuff like that with a grain of salt as I haven't worked at a Duke Facility. Plus bad times go in phases.

Give me a few days I THINK I have the email for an SM at one of the Duke plants, in fact it's one of the plants you asked about. I'll ask him when they plan on hiring. Usually no one hires operators in the summer but I'd be happy to check for you.

Why aren't you checking out the TVA?

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Thanks for checkin for me.  I have not looked much at TVA as I think a post (maybe yours made it sound hard to get on eith them if you did not live in the area already.  If that is not true I will give it a second look.

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It never hurts to apply anywhere regardless of whether you think you can get a job or not.

Register at TVAs website. With approximately 1/3 of the company retiring within 5 years the chances are darn good!

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We had an AO (NLO) that left for Duke a few months ago.  In other words Duke just hired a group of NLOs.  The guy that left said they are looking to hire 20-40 people over the next few years to staff up for their potential new plant and to cover attrition.  The search for the next group may begin this winter.  I recall him applying and interviewing around the Feb/Mar time frame.

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Scrub, thanks for the info.  That sounds good for me as I will be avail for hire in late Feb/early Mar (ret date is 31 May nd I have a full 60 on the books now).  Hopefully they will give me a look, hope to have the BS NET from excelsior done by then and hopefully that will help.

Does anyone have any ideas for other things I can to to improve my chances for getting an interview (certs or membership ect.. the kind of things that might help me standout).  I have found that more than half of all people will just stand there and wait for thing to happen but the few who ask tends to make things happen!  (which is why I am here looking for advice)

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You already have what you need to get an interview.
Duke used to be hesitant about hiring Navy Nukes, I don't recall the reason why.

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because they staffed locally to reduce costs

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Hopefully they are more open to Navy now.  Besides as a retiree I will have my own relocation costs covered by Navy.
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Chief you can go to the duke energy web site and search for jobs. You will need a short (one page) resume. duke did just hire a round of nlo's and plan on hiring more, however I think they will be looking for the really young to replace their aging workforce. With a retirement already in hand you may also want to think about a vendor company. You could live in Charlotte and work McGuire and Catawba. Then just two hours away is Oconee, and it is the best duke site by far.

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Hopefully they are more open to Navy now.  Besides as a retiree I will have my own relocation costs covered by Navy.


They won't take your Navy relocation into account. IIRC Correctly they can't.
They also cannot take your age into account.

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I remember when 40 seemed old to me too, now it looks not so old, just experienced!


Just in case what vendors would we be talking about (hey a backup plan never hurt).

Would really rather work towards being SRO but I am open (and yes I know SRO is hard but since I have be going to college almost full time the last 18 months while still on active duty, taking mostly higher math and science for ENG degree I am ready to handle it).

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I remember when 40 seemed old to me too, now it looks not so old, just experienced!


Just in case what vendors would we be talking about (hey a backup plan never hurt).

Would really rather work towards being SRO but I am open (and yes I know SRO is hard but since I have be going to college almost full time the last 18 months while still on active duty, taking mostly higher math and science for ENG degree I am ready to handle it).

Rob


Your last paragraph. Non Applicable. It doesn't prepare you for an SRO License.

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What I should have sais is that I want a to work at a plant with an oppurtunity to go for SRO, or higher.  I know that it will/would be tough but once there I could look around and decide if that is the right thing for me.  All I meant is that I have been working from 0600 to 1530 MON-FRI and going to school four night a week till 2145 (and of course lots of studing on the weekends.  I am commited to what I do (although my wife thinks I should just be commited period) and meant if it was a matter of working hard I was willing to do what it takes.
 
Speaking of which what is it that makes SRO so tough, volume of knowledge, time frame allowed to learn, difficulty of material??  I know the plants are bigger and more complicated, but is getting to be an SRO really like tring to eat an ELEPHANT with a fork and knive? :)

And by the way thanks for all the input I am glad there are people who are willing to take the time to offer thier infromation (that is what true karma is about).


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Volume of information.  Knowing what to study.


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You mentioned college.  That will help your career path.  I know Progress energy might consider someone for instant SRO if they have a degree in math or science.  The "instant" SRO I'm speaking of in this case is a/an AO (NLO) going to license class for RO and upgrading to SRO during that same class.  Another instant SRO option is for Ops to select some engineers to go to license class as an "instant" SRO candidate.  


The progression for an RO candidate without college is to attend license class again for the SRO upgrade.  There are exceptions.

Please don't get this confused with a job posting for "instant" SROs.  I'm talking internal progression not recruiting and hiring.  From your previous post you were looking for a career path to SRO.  This is what Progress Energy does at the plant where I work.  I'm sure Duke will have some differences.  



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I need to spend time looking into the force sturucture within commercial plant.  Am I close in thinking AO(NLO) is like roving watch (say MMUL/MMLL), RO is like sub RO, and SRO is the EOOW?  Is the SM like a EOOW but has responsibitity for multiple plants (is SM site or shift mamager)?

Yes I should have my BS NET (ABET version) from Excelsior. Do you think that would help?  I am perfectly willing to start as AO/(NLO) and then move up from there if it is the right thing for me.

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I was ET (RO/SRO) (so the credits I need were fewer, I think) but all I new are the 2 Nuc classes (Material and ITA (you do mean the tech assesment class right?)).  Should be able to get them done this fall (sep-dec), and since I retire in spring hopefully get degree and job  :D

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Yes I agree with it only being tech degree,  the only improtant part about it is the ABET part will allow entry into most schools Masters program (I know ODU will take you into the Masters of Engineering management).  I have a more convenint schedule so I am hopeing to get it done.
Let me ask you this though (I am waiting on my offical review so I do not yet have advisor) will they let me take ITA at same time as 320, the sylabus sya ITA is your last class, but I am hoping to do both at same time.

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Am I close in thinking AO(NLO) is like roving watch (say MMUL/MMLL), RO is like sub RO, and SRO is the EOOW?  Is the SM like a EOOW but has responsibitity for multiple plants (is SM site or shift mamager)?


Rob,
I can't explain this perfectly, but I will try. Your answer is very close, but never say this at a commercial nuclear plant. Every OPS manager I have seen asked the question is offended by the comparison of the positions on a test source to a commercial reactor. Decay heat is higher here than full-power on some Navy platforms.

The AUO (NLO/AO) is not equivalent to the commercial RO; while the ERS would be equivalent to the Navy RO (Sr. in-rate). Commercial RO is closer to the sub EOOW. SRO is closer to ENG (or CH Eng) than EOOW. SM is responsible for multiple plants on the same site, and is the Manager in absence of Plant Manager (or any other manager).

The NRC rules, and they have specific criteria for RO, SRO, and Emergency Coordinator (which the SM becomes on really bad days).

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Thanks Tide, I guess I will be carefull with the comparsions in future (might be like saying Aburn or a college in AL just the that other school :P) would not want to offend.  I will look for NRC info that might clarify (so I use right terms when I go on interviews).

Jason,
  Thanks I now know that I can (with wavier) take it, and since it is only the two class to NET I will take them.  As for the coffe I think the one who needs to buy is me for everyone here who is so helpful!!

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I need to spend time looking into the force sturucture within commercial plant.  Am I close in thinking AO(NLO) is like roving watch (say MMUL/MMLL), RO is like sub RO, and SRO is the EOOW?  Is the SM like a EOOW but has responsibitity for multiple plants (is SM site or shift mamager)?

Here is a brief summary of some of the jobs in the commercial world.  The commercial world is much larger than the Navy plants and lot more complex.  Most of the systems are designed to operate from the control room.  The plant systems are also designed to operate with very few operators (more automation than the Navy).  Safety systems are very complex as a whole and designed to operate automatically independant of other systems or people.

The NLO has many responsibilities, one of which is to be a 'roving watch' (rounds) in the plant.  However, if you have rounds, you have more equipment and plant to cover.  Usually 1 NLO has the turbine building, another has the reactor building, and another has everything outside those areas.  Each area could take 3+ hours to make all the minimum checks and logs.  The other NLOs not assigned to rounds will be doing all the testing/surveilences of plant equipment/systems, tagging, or housekeeping tasks.  NLO is not a rate specific job like the Navy.  One can expect to fill/vent and perform valve line ups on mechanical systems, operate manual valves, pumps, rack breakers, pull fuses, or do checks in the relay room or control room.

The RO (Licenced Operator) does spend most time in the control room operating the entire plant from the control panels.  The operate the reactor, all the safety systems, the turbine, electrical side of the plant, and all other Balance of Plant systems, such as feed water, condensate, auxiliary steam as well as HVAC.  They also spend time in the plant with NLOs.  They also coordinate all the activities in the plant with the control room such as maintenance and testing.  Some of the training personnel have RO licenses/certificates also.

SRO is a licence.  SRO qualified personnel could have different jobs or positions.  The Control Room Supervisor (CRS), the Staff Technical Advisor (STA), the Shift Manager/Site Manager are all SRO qualified.  The CRS is the person responsible for all normal plant operations.  The Shift Manager is responsible for everything site wide.  Usually all these positions work together to make the best decisions on plant operations.

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Thanks for the detailed answer, will save searching site.  What kind of education and exp is required as you go up then chain? 

Rob
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I was a Navy MM/ELT, in 6 years.
Started at a BWR as an NLO, got licensed as an RO and SRO. Became a Shift Manager.

Now I'm getting an SRO License at a PWR.

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Mike , did you do it all on hard work or did they require a degree at some point? Do the plants give preference to degrees over Navy?
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Hard work and being a smart Mo Fo.

No preference is given for either. Preference is given for competence not pedigree.

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Ok, competence is somthing I 'll just have to prove.  How about the other jobs at a plant, for example say I cannt get hired into OPS but can get into maint (If that is possible) how hard is it to change up once your in plant? Are there draw back to going that route.

I know it sounds dumb but can I go form security to OPS? I mean foot in the door, is a foot in door!

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Security to Ops is a way to go.  We had a security guard in our AO class.  This next class there is one guard already maybe even a few more.  Not sure of the later guards education.  The guy in my class graduated from Embry Riddle.  It seems that our hiring management like to hire guards, if qualified, since they kind of have a good idea where stuff is in the plant.  Not sure if that's a leg up everywhere.  Not sure of the pay for guards either.  

Your experience might buy you a better paying job outside Ops initially.  Then just move into Ops.  With hard work and a technical degree you'll get noticed and hopefully picked up for license class even if you're not in Ops yet.

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Chief aren't you an ELT?

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No I am now and EMC(SW/SS)  but when I was a Nuc for six years I was ET.  Qualified RO and SRO on my boat (SSN 674) Also have EOOW qual on LHD 600# plant and was Lant Fleet Engineering trainer for Steam ships (conventional) at ATG, have 4206 NEC which conventionals call TOP SNIPE, get bouns pay but only on sea duty and just 1 or two per ship.

Reason asked about security is I am now (about to retire from) at a Spec War command.  So I have marksman quals on 9mm and M4 and can get good referencs if I really needed them (not the way I would chose to do it.. but like I said before "foot in door"...

Rob
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Talked to the my bud that works for Duke a few days ago.  He said they are getting ready for a new class in about six months.

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Glad to hear that, thank you for the heads up!  Can you tell me what plant he works at or do they do combined courses?  Would he mind getting me ionfo on who I should send letter to requesting interview.

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Usually there's no one you can just email requesting an interview. Most utilities are very structured as to how they hire. They use the internet as a means to apply, then have you undergo a testing process. In most utilities getting an interview based on a friend or contact is a thing of the past, except in some specific cases. Mostly it's like this to avoid law suits and it saves them a lot of money.

If you read through the advice given in the various seeking employment threads here all this is laid out in a most excellent fashion.

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Just tryin to get a leg up.  Thanks Mike your advice and help has been very useful.  Spending so much time around Navy and "Beltway Bandits", I have seen lots of "HOOKUPS" go on so I thought maybe that existed in the utility world too. I am scouring the site and the web as a whole to improve my chances when I go "on the market this fall".  If Duke is hiring for a class six months from now I am hoping I am in that target window.  Hopefullly Scrub's friends can clarify where (and did he means hiring in six months or for a class that starts in six months.

Questions:  How far ahead of a class starting does a company start/finish hiring?

Thanks again for all your help

Rob

Mike I was 8503 so we were there together! Guessing we have some common Buds (and Instructors, do you remember the little red head Ensign instructor ;))  Where did you go for prototype and for your in between A school/power school tours?
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Hey man, hope I didn't come off as cross or contrary. For the most part hookups don't exist for initial entry into the industry.

Usually a utility starts testing and interviewing about 3 months before the actual hiring date.  My old utility was VERY organized about it, the interviewers had authorization to make job offers when they interviewed. The whole process took 2 days (Plus a reception the night before).

You, Roll Tide and me were all at NPS at the same time.

For instructors I had..

ETCS Pritchard for ETMO and MTMO
MMC White for Rad Con and Chemistry
MMCS Walker for Reactor Principles
MM1 (Dang I wish I could remember his name) for the first part of HTFF. What I remember is he never opened a lesson plan the whole time I was there, he taught it from memory.

Lt Hardon (I bet you remember her real name) for the last part of HTFF

And I think we might remember the same Redhead. Was she from Virginia? Name started with a C? She was a math instructor and all she ever talked about was what a football god Bruce Smith was. If so I have a story about her, if you wanna hear it PM me.

Also, if you want a website with the funniest sea stories around just ask. I can't post it publicly because the guy who runs it is a fellow 8502er and he only wants Ex Navy nukes going to his site.

Mike

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Hopefullly Scrub's friends can clarify where (and did he means hiring in six months or for a class that starts in six months.

Questions:  How far ahead of a class starting does a company start/finish hiring?


Not sure.  I can find out some particulars and let you know.  My friend works at McGuire

What I've seen in the hiring process is the company hires several groups of 2-5 people to make up a class.  Duke did the same thing.  Right now we have new folks waiting for a class to start.  At Duke, he's waiting for a class to start and is on shift now.  Once the target number of people have accepted, the class will start.  New hires from the first round of interviews might be on site for a few months before class starts.  We even had folks hired after our fire school started.  Those guys fell in line for system training and had to make up fire training. 

In all I interviewed in one of the first groups in June and hired/started August.  The last folks for our class hired/started in October. 

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Hey thank you for your efforts ahead of time.  Mcguire is one of my top two plant chioces (Catawaba being second). 

You have got to love this site (I am going to have to gold to show my thank to Ren).  People here are earning the real karma of life, thanks and gratitude.

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For instructors I had..

Let me add one: MMCS (SS) Ralph Carter
He went on to make MMCM, and is now out and doing well training TVA Nukes. He was the best of my instructors, and he is still excellent in presentation.
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For the record, MMCS Ralph Carter went on to become MMCM Carter, and is now just plain old Ralph Carter who heads Maintenance Instruction at Browns Ferry. Until early this year he was the Lead NLO Instructor at BFN. Last June he was on the NLO Training Self Assessment that I led at SQN. It was tough not calling him Senior Chief because that's how I remembered him LOL. He's an ornery cuss and an excellent instructor.

My only dealings with him prior to then was back in 1985 during Nuke School. I never once had him for a class. One week my Class Adviser (shared the same guy with Roll Tides group) was on leave. MMCS Carter was his fill in Adviser. We had THREE tests on a Friday, good ole MMCS decides that would be a most excellent day to do room inspections, something I'm pretty sure our EM1 never did. We get out of our tests only to find everyone in my section was unsat on their room inspections so we all gor chewed out, told we were dirt bags of the highest order and were informed that from 0700 until 1600 on SATURDAY we'd be cleaning our rooms for his inspection at 1630. I think we were about to mutiny but he didn't strike any of us as the type we'd like to mutiny against!!. So at 0700 he made sure we were all cleaning our rooms, THEN after he made certain everyone was busy he spent about 15 minutes helping out in each room, finally around 1130 he told us everything looked great and to enjoy our weekend. I actually admired the guy after that, though many in power school didn't like him. I saw him quite a bit in the gym when I'd go to lift weights and he always said hello and asked how I was doing in NPS. All in all a pretty good, albeit BLUNT guy!

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I remember Pritchard, in fact he went on to be a detailer for ET's!  I seem to rember have more officer instructors but I was in ET section so that may be why.  I know our class or your was the first to go through under a homogenous break down in the classes.  Meaning for us ET's it was #1, #,2 and #3 students split between three classes and then so on with 4,5,6 --7,8,9.  This was opposed to the old method of top 30 in class A, next 30 B, next 30 C.  Idea was that drop rate would be lower becasue weaker guys in class could get help from stronger guys.  In the past lower sections had much larger drop rates (I guess Dumb could'nt Dumber in section C ;D).  Heard we had one of the lowest drop rates in many years but I am not sure if that was rumor or not. (might explain how I made it through :))

Back on topic: knowing I want Duke is there anything negitive about them you have heard?
Does any think this MOX thing will cause them issue down the line? 
Maybe this should be a new thread but
What about all the new construction "planned" what kind of impact on work force do people see that having?  More jobs available more demand for workers more pay?  Under manning current plants? What will the ramp to a larger work force look like?

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What about all the new construction "planned" what kind of impact on work force do people see that having?  More jobs available more demand for workers more pay?  Under manning current plants? What will the ramp to a larger work force look like?


We had a term at the usedtaplant: differential license worth
I predict higher values in the near future, with a leveling off after the current veteran retirements plateau (perhaps 10 years).
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I guess that makes now a good time to be at the door looking jfor a job.  Right ????

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My crystal ball has been on the fritz lately. But IF they actually start building new plants, then this is the best time to be going into commercial nuclear power since about 1975. Definitely better than any time since TMI-2 (1979).
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I guess the "IF" is always a factor but hopefully with the way licesences are being done now there will be less chance of things getting stalled out like they did in the 80's.  I am just hoping the work force surge kicks in soon .

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The late 80s and early 90s were a good time. Quite a few utilities were staffing NLOs. I had 15 interviews 2 of which I turned down, and I had 13 job offers.

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I saw that but for me moving to NJ is not option.  To much taxes, liberials, and snow!  Momma said Surry Is a North as we go, so I will have to look from there down.

But is bring up a question on the hiring front, are they hireing early (I have been some what led to believe most plant hire in fall to wimter cycle) because it is less a desireable location (and noI am not NJ bashing, beautiful place with best 4 season weather in the country). What I mean is because more people are looking to go south these days.  Am I off on that???  SO does this mean they are getting a jump on hireing for this fall for NLO clases in spring?? 
Just the wondering of a novice!
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So what do you think the general hiring picture looks like now??

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Surry is almost too far north, although when I decided to go looking for a job it was high on my list. Now that I've lived in the South I really don't want to leave.

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What put it high on your list? I drove out to it this last weekend took about an hour and 5-ish from my house.  Would be a long comute but is do-able.   

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Hey there,

I'm currently a neo for duke at oconee-  As far as hiring goes for the next upcoming class: the anticipated date for starting a new class is in january. Of course, this will probably be delayed.  I'd expect to see information on their career page show up pretty quickly.  I'm actually surprised it's not already up there. They tend to hire all through the year and then gather everyone up and send them to bot training or bypass exam.

Once you either pass the bypass or bot (depending on where they put you) you will have systems training, fire brigade, lots and lots of fun stuff and eventually make it to shift. 

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Any pointer for getting in?  Do they do instant there or is it a progression from neo(same as Nlo?).

And Thanks for the info.

Rob
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Your options look pretty good as far as getting in. They're hiring lots (much like the rest of the industry) to make up for the large percentage of the workforce that is leaving.

As far as once you get in you would either be qualified as a bypass or a bot (basic operator training) student.  The bot kids go up to McGuire for training for 15 weeks, then come back for systems, other various things, yada yada. Bypass (which it seems you would qualify for) would come in, study for a bypass exam, take it, and if they pass they go on to systems and so on.

Once you get in you are considered a neo/nlo depending on the site (same thing) and then have to go through your quals before you become eligable for hlp/licensing class.  Duke does have instants, most of them are persons with engineering degrees and have shown excessive interest and capability to handle learning both the ro and sro positions at once.  In otherwords, expect to work your buns off. Hlp lasts a little over a year. 

The shortest amount of time you can really go from neo to sro is about 3-4 years give or take.  Depending on the site, how fast you can do your quals, etc. depends on your place in line to get into a class.  Of course there's more details associated with it but many of them are site specific, but this gives you a basic idea of what you'd be up against.

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Just heard today Mcguire is looking to hire 12-14 in November.

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That is good info, thank you. Do you know if that means they will want to have guys that start in Nov or is that when they plan to start hiring?  I would havev to pull strings to be retired in Feb (so I could start in Nov), can be done but.... Hopefully they are starting the process in Nov, which if they are would put me in class when???

Thanks again scrub,

Rob

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I know this is an old thread. However, I have searched and this topiic is closest to what I want to learn.
I applied for a job with duke at Catawbe. They are flying me out on the 12 to test and interview on the 13th (december 2010).
I would like to learn:
1. How the shifts run? 12s? 8s?
2. How difficult it is to get along with fellow ops people and management there?
3. I heard that that type of work would utilize alot of my time, and I do not want to fall behind on my physical fitness. I am worried that working there will force me off track due to fatigue, are there ways to help mitigate that?
4. What is the (guestimate) pay there? I am worried about this one as I am currently making about $32 a hour working for a D.O.E. contractor and the last post I saw said something like $22 a hour (even after a raise for fininshing quals this is not competitive with my current salary).
5. Id like to get pros/cons from someone currently working there.
6. Where do people who work there usually eat lunch? Do they bring their own or is there a cafeteria or what? THis question is out of curiosity.
7. If anybody has additional information that can aide me, please feel free to divulge.
Thank you for your help
James Fuller

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1)  The shifts are 12 hours, typically 6 to 6. 
2)  As with any place, there are different personalities.  That said, the people are in general easy to get along with.  This is the south and people do tend to have good manners.  Some managers are more approachable than others, but all I have dealt with will listen to what you have to say, particularly if you present your concern in the right way (don't come off as whiney or trying to cause problems). 
3)  The work can take up time.  Working a rotating shift does make it difficult to have a set schedule to go to the gym.  However there are some very fit people who work at Duke and work out regularly.  It's doable, but if you're training for the Ironman, it would be tough.  The rotating 12 hour shift makes for long work days, but also affords quite a bit of time off.  Every five weeks or so you get 7 days in a row off, and taking 3 days of vacation gives you two weeks. 
4)  I'm guessing starting NEO pay is 20ish.  Topped out is probably closer to $30/hr.  Keep in mind you have built in shift overtime (4 12 hour days in a week at times) plus outages.  Starting out, I'd guess you'd make roughly $50,000 at least your first year, and it goes up from there.  I'm deliberately lowballing my estimate, because you'd likely spend the first 6 months with Duke in training, BOT and ISS, before going to shift, so very little overtime the first 6 months.  At that point, you'd start qualifying to watch stations.
5)  I work at a Duke plant, and it's not bad.  It's like any job, you get out of it what you put into it.  For the money, I've worked harder at other places.  The people are nice, and so is the area.  All are around lakes so it can get expensive for housing.  Plus the Charlotte area is a pretty large metropolitan city.
6)  There is a cafeteria at each plant, but depending on the shift and hours, it may or may not be open.  Each control room at my plant, and the NEO "kitchen" have refridgerators, stoves, etc to prepare meals at. 
7)  If you have a specific question, feel free to send me a message or ask it here and Ill try to answer it.

I know this is an old thread. However, I have searched and this topiic is closest to what I want to learn.
I applied for a job with duke at Catawbe. They are flying me out on the 12 to test and interview on the 13th (december 2010).
I would like to learn:
1. How the shifts run? 12s? 8s?
2. How difficult it is to get along with fellow ops people and management there?
3. I heard that that type of work would utilize alot of my time, and I do not want to fall behind on my physical fitness. I am worried that working there will force me off track due to fatigue, are there ways to help mitigate that?
4. What is the (guestimate) pay there? I am worried about this one as I am currently making about $32 a hour working for a D.O.E. contractor and the last post I saw said something like $22 a hour (even after a raise for fininshing quals this is not competitive with my current salary).
5. Id like to get pros/cons from someone currently working there.
6. Where do people who work there usually eat lunch? Do they bring their own or is there a cafeteria or what? THis question is out of curiosity.
7. If anybody has additional information that can aide me, please feel free to divulge.
Thank you for your help
James Fuller

 


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