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Civ SRO to EOOW/RO/EO (no flaming please)

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OK at the risk of annoying those who do not like comparing Navy plant to civ plants let me ask this:
It seems to me that NLO is a combination of all the space watchstanders on a navy plant with a little of what would also be off watch duties thrown in (ie PMS/tagouts).  Am I right on this?

Now my question is (please no flaming for comparison) how do the SRO/RO jobs differ from what would be the booth watch team combined into one watch.  I guess I wonder what SRO (is there a big diff from RO to SRO??) does different that EOOW/RO/EO does in Navy plant?  I am thinking that the plant level of knowledge must be higher but, humor me on this one, if I took MM1/EM1/ET1 and musshed them into 1 watch (assume they are SPU EOOW qualed guys) do I then have what would be considered a civ SRO or am I to heavy in one area?  

Then multiply the difficulty and required knowledge of EVERYTHING by 50 and you might be close.


Required knowledge being much higher I can see to the increased plant size and complexity as well as the number of systems, but what makes it more diffcult?  Other then the complexity issue is ther anything else that makes it more difficult? Are the plant less forgiving in thier design, I know Navy plant are designed to be (almost) monkey proof, you know the old bananna drop down every time operator makes correct action thing.  Are comercial plant less forgiving of mistakes? or are they less stringent in thier design criteria for profit related reasons (not banging on commercial design practices more interested in finding out why it is more difficult!  (to be honest I thought being an RO and EOOW were easy once you understood the plant and how the system worked/interrelated)


Commercial plants have a LOT of built in safety margin, so in emergency scenarios they are forgiving of mistakes. On the other hand their complexity makes it easier to make a mistake AND have those mistakes lead to a unit trip.

The Administrative portion of operating a commercial plant is orders of magnitude higher than a Naval plant. SROs are responsible for the majority of a plants day to day operational administration, and on back shifts virtually all of it.


OK now I see what you mean more difficult.  It would make sense that more systems leaves more room for errors to compuond into shutdown.  And if you are responsible for all the documentaiton at the same time well then....

Speaking of docs you do NLO log review, lockout)instead of tagout right), review chem logs, operation log... what else (honestly never thought about all the other docs you might have to manage are you required to review QA packages or PMS records too?


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