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Title: Who Taught you?
Post by: Radwraith on Mar 18, 2005, 03:40
We've had threads about best and worst SC, Hottest babes and legendary techs, But; Who taught you to survive (And hopefully flourish!) in the business?  For me there are a few names that come to mind...

John Mates (Sage) and Bob Zelanca: Taught me the ins and outs of a business I would have never figured out for     myself ;D

Jed Ball: Taught me the basics of job coverage ( And that there ain't nuttin to be skeered of! 8))

Frank Robinson: For picking up where Jed left off (The Arcane why it is so stuff!  :o)

and Finally Todd Roberts (Unknowingly!) For motivating me to go look at what the Procedure/Ansi standard/CFR actually says rather than just being beat up by it ;).
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: radgal on Mar 18, 2005, 09:57
Oh too many to name.  I got my start from my ex John Tinnin who I have to admit  taught well and was always there for advice.  Been to lots of plant and places and don't want to leave anyone out so thanks to everyone who taught me how to be a good HP.   I believe you can learn something from everyone in the biz ya just got want to.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Atomic_Punk on Mar 18, 2005, 02:56
I had many "abusive Sr.s" during my Jr. time that helped mold me into what I am today, whatever that might be.  Buddy Burkett, Larry Brantley, Trent Lancelot, Bo Straub, Mike Dragosljvich, Jack Horne,
Barry Keele, Enky(sp?)Shelton, John McAvoy(sp?),Don Morgan, to name a few.  They actually tried to
teach you something and let ya do stuff rather that just send you in to do the shiftly or smear and clear
until your arms fell off.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: JnyMac on Mar 18, 2005, 04:54
Atomic_Punk I was right there with ya.  I was taught buy some of the guys on your list.  I also got it from Kris Hammond, Steve Reed, Ric Garcia, and Rick Doherty.  Love their teaching techniques.  Here put these papers on, put your respirator on, and get you butt on the platform.  I'll tell you when to come out or when you screw up.  We had some pretty good times.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Atomic_Punk on Mar 18, 2005, 06:50
JnyMac, I worked with all your boys also.  All classics.  Garcia: "Did I change out the air samples?  Meeeee, Seeeenior, yooooouuuu, juuuuuuunior!  Get your @$$ in there and change them!"
Doherty:  "Stay out of my way, I'm on a roll!  I'll let ya know if I need anything!"
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Lady Nuke on Jun 06, 2005, 05:05
I would have to pay homage to Maha (rip), Pappy Engel (rip), Keith LeClair, Alan Daniell, Shawn Buckallew (Big Buck) and many, many more "old timers" for teaching me the do's and don'ts of this business.  Every one of them had something to pass along to new people coming along. 
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: SloGlo on Jun 06, 2005, 06:08
this is a list that's gonna keep gettin modified as the memories warm up!  again!  willie wonka, clarkie, harold dodge, king of the road, rdtroja, larry addis, laffey, joe kosmal, rege greenfield (ain't sure about that surname,the green part is real, it's da rest of it that is blurry), frank corris, 'n fraaaannnnk too, barley_buddy, frank hamaker, joe worley, don feddern..... more to follow, i am sure.  all lessons were valuable, some were technical, others were business, some were good, others bad, but learning came from all.
dean patterson, eli croby jr, ed schnell...
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Smart People on Jun 06, 2005, 06:11
I have to give all respect to "Technician A". thanks for showing me what not to do.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: St Raphael on Jun 08, 2005, 12:53
After leaving health and education for 18 years and joining the nuclear world I have become a much happier person.  It is a field unto itself.  I love my job and everyday there is something new to learn or experience.  I have had many, many fine HP's share - mentor me and show me the ropes.  A great big thanks  :) :)to them all!  Many of the exceptional techs taught me: Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives." -- Willa A. Foster

Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Surveyors_mato on Sep 10, 2005, 02:44
RomE, 'nuff said.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Doc_REM on Sep 10, 2005, 04:40
My list would have to start back in the late '70's...had a lot more brain cell's then!!! :D

Moongate, Billy M, George Anulockis(sp-), Tom Merdy,....the list could go on for every...If'n I only had a Brain to remmeber all those that took the time to teach me! And how do you thank them for what they did...hopefully you taught someone something in your time....... ;)
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: ShovelHeadRed on Dec 08, 2005, 08:06
............It was late 70's..Bob Davis, Duff Dyer..USS NIMITZ..............mid 80's.first and last house job.Larry Werner, Rick Gordie, Omer, Paul Harlos, Paul Perue,Alan Fike,what a crew!!!!!!!!....Duke Power was very good to me for a few years..Harvey Joe Price, Melvin Smith, Gerald Dansby....Gerald Parker was a good friend and mentor for years.......David Romaine and Dick Countz turned me on to DOE  in 95 and made me sware not to tell a sole about it......that lasted about 5 years and then it wasnt top secret any more.........John Ritzo turned me on to Master-Lee and then I could wear a couple different hard hats,,,,,,,But Uncle Sam taught me that if you work for IRM you better pay your taxes.ONTIME.......red
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: workinman on Dec 10, 2005, 01:09
I too cut my teeth with the likes of Atomic Punk at PV.  Hats of Jim McDonnell, Frank Dinch, Tony Serrano and the rest of the crew for their mentoring! I'll even give credit to JnyMac!  But the one that stands out is the Honorable "Tom Roe".  A true friend and teacher!
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Atomic_Punk on Dec 10, 2005, 01:16
Ah, yes!  The Honorable Tommy Roe.  One the few human beings I've met in my life who was more sarcastic than myself.  And I mean that in a GOOD way!  One of the more intelligent ones I've met along the way.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: ramdog_1 on Dec 10, 2005, 02:42
I got all I needed to know at handford.
then on the road Bob Drake tuned me up! thanks Bob. IE DUCK
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: incrediblehulk on Dec 10, 2005, 04:06
For teaching me the bad (but fun) old ways; Joe Worley, Pete Krebs, Wayne Otto, "Wildman" Ray Perry, Maha(RIP)...

For teaching me the right ways; Don Reisinger, Rusty Robinson, Al Edson, Dave McDaniel...

I thank you all!

             SBH
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: tonynuke on Dec 13, 2005, 07:55
I've been very lucky in my relatively short time in the biz to work with many people who are more than willing to steer me in the right direction, and also to work right beside me.  Not only in the actual work, but also in the politics and other junk that sometimes surrounds us.
Thanks to you all!
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: alphadude on Dec 15, 2005, 02:30
Bill Haller, Charlie Thames, John Wright, Frank Mc Fadden (sometimes),

the dark side
MAHA, Kiman, Eli, DaNucci, Perry,


the mondo side
Vita Abar-naturrally
Nare Bare aka ms LD50  :P
Ballard

the back stab side
Patsky
Hines
Elkins

easy money side
LD50 - u da man!!


Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: darkmatter on Dec 16, 2005, 09:58
I've never stopped learning from others. (I try not to make the same mistakes i've seen and dulplicate the neato stuff I witnessed.)
I learned the basics from Nuke Subs in the Navy and once the blinders came off in the real world of Nukedom I've learned and passed on as much as I can to my fellow nukeworkers.......although the latest crop of Techs think my stories are made up....if they only knew what the industry was like pre-FFD.

My thanks to all of you who helped out fellow nukeworkers, pass it on.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: ageoldtech on Dec 20, 2005, 11:35
“Mad” Jack Fowler, Crawford Asbell, Terrell Simmons, Dale Chapman, Ricky Wise may he rest in peace, just to name a few.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: hutch on Dec 20, 2005, 06:35
well been an rct for 4 years at a DOD site... many old timers still around willing to help us young guys who really want to learn and not just sit the point (man thats the worst job on the water front) or do weeklies...
-lou for slapping me when i screw up and saving my as* and showing me how things really happen
-george for knowing when to walk away..and buying all the beer after work
-gary for never screwing up my time
-larry for showing me how to over do swipes (25 0n a PB hookup..come on)
-charle for showing me how NOT to do a gamma survey
-and all others who have contributed to me becoming the learned tech i am today i couldnt have done it without you...
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: coshaun on Jan 11, 2006, 09:22
Mike Squires, Don Leonard, Mike O'Shaughnessy, Bubba Bear, Chuck Busey, Dan Webster, Alan Fike, Paul Perue, Omer Olgesby, and the list is long.... I miss the ol' Hatch days.... everyone except Dorsey.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Chefmike on Jan 15, 2006, 09:48
You learned from Mike Squires?  Anyway the Hatch days of old will never be the same.  As for Dorsey, he was a good man in his own way.  He was tough on some and better on others.  Good technicians learn from their own mistakes and ask the right questions to the right people.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: nuke_girl on Jan 19, 2006, 09:49
who did i learn from..id have to say nukewoker!! lolol..yes its true..let me explain..

after attending college to be a HP tech..my husband died..so i stayed home with my children and raised them..i was unable to go on the road. When the children were raised..15 years later, some friends of mine referred me to this site, and to Bartlett.

Nukeworker has been there for me as i took endless practice tests..studied..watched silently..i learned and relearned this industry.. I now work for Bartlett..i began again in the industry as a deconner..learning more and more with every job i go to, and every tech i encouter teaches me something. Im booked for the next 3 months and anticipate next year to be working almost all year.

 Thanks to Nukeworker and thanks to Eric and thanks to everyone that in their own way , supported my dream without even knowing it..from the jokes that made me smile, to the person who wrote the quizzes..and the people who donated to keep this site open for techs like me ..who couldnt afford to at the time..I think this is the longest post ive ever written.Ya'll have a great day  :)

NukeGirl
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: stormgoalie on Jan 19, 2006, 09:59
Jack Horne, Ken Larson, Ira Perkins, Steve Ruisi to name but a few of the people I have garnered a lot of insight from.  After 10 years in the business I have found that to stop listening and learning from others would be the biggest mistake one could ever make.

Cheers,

J. Rodgers
aka Stormgoalie
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: highradsnake on Feb 21, 2006, 01:38
I was one of the lucky ones. I would be the nuke industry equivalent to the military's "mustangs", For those who don't know... that's an enlisted person who works their way up to commissioned officer. I started out as a laundry tech and now are a senior RP tech ::) I am grateful to the Kewaunee house techs who showed me the ropes (you know who you are!) back in the day-(1989-1991) ;). I also had the counsel of all the Apollo, Pa. road techs who made it through the 70's with a few brain cells left!(ha,ha) My hat's off to all of "yinz" who showed me the "real deal" in the nuke biz  ;) Most of all I want to thank my father(old rad tech himself) for his advice over the years. (I am "Michael" to his "Vito" if you know what I'm saying... Capish??) ::) ;D
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: LaFeet on Mar 08, 2006, 10:48
I guess I am still relatively new to the outage cycle.  Many names have helped or haunted me from the past.   And I would like to think I am still  learning....

BTW  I still tell those who dont know me at Entergy plant, "I AM Ray Fuchek !"
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: duke99301 on Mar 09, 2006, 08:36
I got all I need to know from Bruce Moffit. when when we were at SRS.
and the steel mills he told me we make a mint at.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: UncaBuffalo on Oct 29, 2006, 06:22
In the Yard...Rick Caulfield!  With attitude examples by Troy Nelson & Merlin 'Mac' McAfee.

Down South (the knowledge AND the attitude)...John Inman.

Gave me the Keys-to-the-ROAD!  Karen Barcal.

Provided me enlightening examples on attitude &/or priorities (on-the-job OR in life)...June Gessner, Ray Watson, Ken Larson, Bob Thomas, Sue Jones, John Zeilstra, Tom Guyer, Connie Green, Lee Severtson, Dave Barrow, Steve & Amanda Holcomb, Nancy Marx, Hal Rowberry, Doug & Rita Dempsey, Mike Goetz, Rich & Lynn Cooper, Ray Thomsen, Wendell & Lynn Baker, Christine Eyre, Bob Erickson, Al Bowman, Mark Walden, Bill Orr, Jim Knight, Dave Truman, Don Schelb, Ron Keaton, Carl Hemphill, Larry & Winnie Williams, Dale Anderson...

Taught me that stories & entertainment are very important in getting thru the job (and life) - Steve Brush, The Traveling Rowberrys, Jimmie Etue, Cam Gibson, Dean Butler, Tom Romansky, Jack Conrad, 'Doc' Gallagher, Dave Garza, Mike Ledo, Matt Bourne, Randy Schultz, Mark Yoas, Brett Chenier, Mike Dhabolt, Arlan Otto, Don Shehane, Jimmy Youngstrom, Matt Wright...



AND thanks to those who keep re-teaching me that this stuff is FUN...like Mark Fry, Kathy Henry, Rick Parke, Mike Newgaard, Chris Tiemens, Rob Goodrich, Don Parker, Peggie Fagen...



modified for spelling
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Brett LaVigne on Jan 22, 2007, 05:25
When I was at Newport News Bruce Wiseman was the guy who took all of the theory that was shoved down my throat and put it into perspective.  He taught me the real deal of being a HP.  Sure would like to know what ever happened to him.

When I arrived at my first Nuke plant it was Dante Firman that helped me with the transition (not how to be a tech.).  He also showed me that a human being can drink his bodyweight and not even slur...never did catch on to that.

There have been many along the way that I will never forget and picked up a thing or two from. 

A few that have either taught me something to make me a better tech. or taught me to enjoy life a bit more along the way.  Andy Plas(one of the finest techs in the business, pure professional), Tom Roe, Tim Lawson, Mellissa Warner, Ray Statum, Mike Mayben, Larry Arnold (LA), Jeff Oliver, Phillip Key, Jeff Cook...The list could go on for a while...
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: UncaBuffalo on Feb 13, 2007, 09:09
In the Yard...Rick Caufield!  With attitude examples by Troy Nelson & Merlin 'Mac' McAfee.

Down South (the knowledge AND the attitude)...John Inman.

Gave me the Keys-to-the-ROAD!  Karen Barcal.

Provided me enlightening examples on attitude &/or priorities (on-the-job OR in life)...June Gessner, Ray Watson, Ken Larson, Bob Thomas, Sue Jones, John Zeilstra, Tom Guyer, Connie Green, Lee Severtson, Dave Barrow, Steve & Amanda Holcomb, Nancy Marx, Hal Rowberry, Doug & Rita Dempsey, Mike Goetz, Rich & Lynn Cooper, Ray Thomsen, Wendell & Lynn Baker, Christine Eyre, Bob Erickson, Al Bowman, Mark Walden, Bill Orr, Jim Knight, Dave Truman, Don Schelb, Ron Keaton, Carl Hemphill, Larry & Winnie Williams, Dale Anderson...

Taught me that stories & entertainment are very important in getting thru the job (and life) - Steve Brush, The Traveling Rowberrys, Jimmie Etue, Cam Gibson, Dean Butler, Tom Romansky, Jack Conrad, 'Doc' Gallagher, Dave Garza, Mike Ledo, Matt Bourne, Randy Schultz, Mark Yoas, Brett Chenier, Mike Dhabolt, Arlan Otto, Don Shehane, Jimmy Youngstrom, Matt Wright...



AND thanks to those who keep re-teaching me that this stuff is FUN...like Mark Fry, Kathy Henry, Rick Parke, Mike Newgaard, Chris Tiemens, Rob Goodrich, Don Parker, Peggie Fagen...

Addendum 1

John Bennett - taught me the value (and fun) of throwing yourself 100% into (on to?) a job...GET A LITTLE ONYA!

Doug Dempsey - First person who ever pointed out (to me) that this job is fun!  And, it is okay to admit it!

More NukeWorkers who have fun...and make it fun for meRebecca & Jon Case and James Rowsell.

Thanks!

Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: UncaBuffalo on Nov 25, 2007, 11:16
...and James Rowsell.

James also taught me that valuable concept:  'The D.O.E. Filter'.  It kept me sane thru another bout of I.N.L.-silliness...
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Rennhack on Nov 25, 2007, 02:56
Who taught me, and what they taught me…

I’ll always hold a special place in my heart for DC Cook, and Jim Slattery, my first boss in the nuclear industry.  I was a deconner and Jim was my Forman.  I learned how to be a deconner, how to conform to the rules of the nuclear industry, and was introduced to my nuclear career.

I met Eric Laning and Ed Young at Battelle in Columbus; they inspired me to be more than just a deconner.  I cannot imagine how my life might have been without their inspiration.  They continued to be instrumental in my career development for several important years.

Tim Lawson helped me study at LANL, where we took our radiological knowledge to a new level.

I helped run a D&D project in Minnesota, writing their entire Radiological Program, and managing it from start to finish.  This gave me confidence in my abilities as a radiological engineer, and satisfaction in my career.

Jim Berger is one of my favorite people in the nuclear industry, he taught me most everything I know about MARSSIM, and final status surveys.

Marty Erickson and Ed Carl will always be remembered for their faith and confidence in me, and the job opportunities they have given me.

I have had a very rewarding career, and the people above are only the tip of the iceberg, there are too many people to list them all.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: RDTroja on Nov 26, 2007, 10:20
Naturally, we all learn something from almost everybody (good or bad) but the people that actually taught me my craft were Lt. Cmdr. Armand Nice (Ret.) who got out of the Navy (where he was actively involved in running the qualification process) just in time to teach me the basic skills and knowledge I needed and Dave Bares (RIP) who showed me what an outage ought to be (1976 style.) There were a lot of others, but those two set the stage for me.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Joe Ferguson on Nov 26, 2007, 03:27
Years ago, as a Junior HP tech, you would be assigned to work with and for a Senior HP tech.  This is how you learned to be a HP - not by watching monitors. 
The guy that I will remember most as I was trying to get my footing in this business was named Marshall - he was my Sr. HP for the entire outage.  Sadly, I do not remember Marshall's last name after all these years.
As an outage long protege for Marshall, he taught me that being a good Jr. HP included:
 - always source checking your Sr's meters
 - always change out the A/S on time (so your Sr. doesn't get flack)
 - listening and not talking
 - be respectful of other peoples work
 - if you are afraid of the work, you can't protect them
 - making sure the coffee is fresh

Marshall did take the time to explain the 'whens' and 'why's' for most of what we did.  He also trusted me to cover different types of jobs, knowing full well that I would make a couple of mistakes before I finished.   

If your out there Marshall - thanks.

'tag
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: tonynuke on Nov 27, 2007, 10:24
I seem to learn more from everyone I run into on the job.  Good and bad of course, just try not to repeat the bad. 
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: ShovelHeadRed on Nov 28, 2007, 08:27
,,,USS Nimitz, 1981- MAX PARITY was my biggest influence, along with Rum Runner.....after the canoe club, made that Farley trip in 85',,Larry Paul Werner, and Rick Gordie...along with Paul Harlos,,part of that Mississippi Mafia......learned some supervisory skills from Gerald Parker ( God rest his soul).....changed Hard hats and went that Master-Lee route and John Ritzo/ Chuck Ridings taught me how to move fuel..Mel Sisk taught me how to listen and learn....and SPANKY taught me how to make a lot of money,..by walking around with a green hard hat......red
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Dave Warren on Nov 28, 2007, 09:56
Shovel Head Red and my parents taught me that no matter where you are in life, high or low, God always walks right next to you.

Dana Houston, Bobby McKinney, Joe Worley, Bob Finn, John Belanger, Steve Karls, Terry Schultz, Dan McCormick, Tom Hansche, Tony Hall, Jeff Gyger, and John Anthony helped me cut my teeth in my younger years as a Tech.

Rob Grant, Kenny Gaynor, Gerald Parker helped me in my early time as a manager.

Russ Hall, Ray Roseberry, Todd Griggs, and Jim Foster taught me that even if you are the only one on the project that ISNT a redneck, you can all still get along. Spent 4.5 years with those gentlemen and enjoyed it.

Tom Roe, Paul Kellogg, and Ted Maine taught me how to golf...Well, Paul and Tom did anyway... :P

Last but not least, I am currently learning something new from the honorable Beer Court.... :-\ , Bud Broom, and an old name....Bill Hagger.

Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: wlrun3@aol.com on Nov 28, 2007, 10:26

   Joe Bianconi, CHP..."Have you actually read ICRP 60?"

Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: stewdill on Nov 28, 2007, 11:59
Still learning.......... Still a Jr.
But here are the ones and what I have learned so far. Been in the business a mere five years.


Denny Lozinski- Everything RPing
Dave McDaniels- How to not take crap off of people
Connie Mac- How to handle people and smile even when they make you angry
Stuart Fenton- Everything instrumental
Mike Pressley-(not gonna tell)
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: LaFeet on Nov 29, 2007, 07:02
Heck  Im still a learnin
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: B.PRESGROVE on Nov 29, 2007, 08:40
Bill Ferguson, Jerry Denton, Tommy Haddon, Steve "Big Sexy", Pat Abbott, Kent Hedges, Terry Rodgers, Daniel Boone the 7th (honest he really was the 7th gen. Daniel Boone), Adel Edwards.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: hoghunter on Nov 30, 2007, 02:53
I started in 1981 as a deconner so I think I was taught by working around a lot of good people throught the years as decon which in turn taught me a little about the RP world,because during the years I've worked and learned from some great RP's. I think there is alot of good tech. out there that remembers the Silkwood days so to speek,my thinks goes out to all the good Techs ( Rp and Decon ) such as IB Strange, Don Morrow Leon Peak, Harvey Price,G Lewallen,Tim Nix and a list of others to long to list, but mostly for the opportunity to work in the business and learn from some good people.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: lowlrc on Nov 30, 2007, 11:16
The Arkansas gang Billy Bob Sprinkle, James Ames and Margaret Martin taught me to decon. As a Jr I remember a few of my mentors like Kathy Kneasle (sp), Rick Gordie and Marshall Hudson, there were also other great techs along the road, some of them taught  more than how to swing a meter like Joe Kiman, Richard Helm, Hanche, Steve Karls, Dan McCormick, Jim Peters, Belinda from Oyster Creek, Sandy Dagata, Barbara Sullivan, Gibbys, Marc Ashworth and the tech who taught me to the laugh the most was Renee Onarato(sp) from Louisiana god she was funny..
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: B.PRESGROVE on Nov 30, 2007, 07:52
I forgot to mention one more, my best friend Rebecca Davidson, the most  ::) beautiful RadCon in the industry.  What a woman.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: bcchp on Dec 18, 2007, 10:00
Wow my brain is hurtin bad

Norfolk Naval Shipyard - Dave Bankos, "mini brain muther focker" Mr.Mines, Don Anderson, Fast Eddy, 

Browns Nuclear Ferry Plant - Pinky Hensley, Paul Perue, Miss Jane, P.O. Brown, Perry Bird, Marty Hazel, Mevin Pervis (how not to treat people) 

Riverbend - Wayne Hardy, Pinky again, Bob Tunstall, Chuck F as in Friend Fantacci, Ed Cargill ( how to be paranoid) Snowman, Bill Spell, Max Casada (how to party with 20 something chicks when you are in your 50's) Sammy Bogus (how to enjoy the creeks and rivers)

South Texas - Doc Earls, Gordon Williams, John Inman ( how to remain cool no matter what)
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: HousePuke on Dec 18, 2007, 11:39
As others have said, I've learned quite a bit good and bad over the years.  The names that readily come to mind, Pete Shonkwiler, RD Troja, Don Feddern, several of the house folks at Susquehanna and Calvert.  Bill Parish, Steve Lancaster, a few of the region 1 NRC folks and I'm sure others that I'm forgetting due to my sometimers disease.
And now a new chapter is soon to open.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: RP Instructor on Dec 18, 2007, 01:26
Duke Power Initial HP/Chemistry Training Class 81-01: Instructors Les Stallings, Walter "Hoppy" Hopkinson and Harry "HJ" Sloan.

Harry later transferred over to McGuire (where he's now a staff health physicist) , and would often  "hit me cold turkey", somewhat blind-sided, with a question (or questions) requiring that I explain the "who", "what", "when", "where" and "why" of HP procedures and nuclear power plant systems (both primary and secondary) and their inter-relationships.

At first, I wondered "Why is he giving me such a hard-time with these 'pop quizzes'?", but then I came to realize that it was his way of making me learn nuclear power health physics. Thanks Harry! I'm trying to be the same type of instructor you have been:  "Make the students learn!"
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: HenryBlack on Dec 19, 2007, 04:49
Well my brain is shot but after more than 26 years the list is so long this site couldnt hold the names of everyone that has helped me learn the ins and outs of the nuclear world. The one that really sticks in my mind is Rick Davidson. He taught me when I was a deconner in 1981. If I remember correctly I would do his work while he wrote formulas and definitions on the back of a SOP. Then he would let me study the SOP while he was on break then we would start over when break was over. Me doing the coverage and he would be writing my next lesson. also Bill Mahoney (RIP Uncle Billy) and Joe Kiman and Wayne Dees taught me at ANO on my last Jr.job in 1984. They let me cover every job in Ctmt. while they watched me from the control point. Thanks all.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: doctormoo on Dec 20, 2007, 12:43
bcchp


didnt dee byrd,davey wells and the" WINO "teach you a few thingd also????


lol

kb
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: bigjohn666 on Dec 25, 2007, 09:03
Peach Bottom in the early eighties. That place taught you everything you needed to know about contamination and radiation. The place was a mess and a herd of us bartlett boys were run through there over the years.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: rumrunner on Dec 28, 2007, 04:43
I am humbled that ShovelheadRed included me on his list.  Especially since he did about 90% of my sign-offs when I transferred to the Nimitz!

From my Navy days I'd count Steve Dyer from my days aboard the Texas as my original mentor.   He set me up for success when I moved on to the Nimitz.  Once there, Bud, Bob Davis, Duff Dyer, and Jim Strzlylcyk (something like that) proved to be good teachers.

But as for commercial HP work - which for me has all been at BFN - I'd put Perry Byrd, Marty Hazel, Danny Bohlender, and Rick Schmehl on my list. 
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: On The Road on Dec 28, 2007, 08:28
I have been taught by many....I started at Peach Bottom around 1986 and you learned just about everything about Decon there that there is to learn. I worked with a great group of people there. Spent about 5 years there, before I decided to go on the road...

Worked with Brian Hastings, Bart Kauffman, Gary Adams, and many more, sorry if I forgot any of you and spelled you name wrong, it's been a long time...

Now just starting out as a House Tech. I will be learning from some old friends that are here as House Techs also....
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: rocket20 on Jan 02, 2008, 05:12
My best friend  TC Tom Crawford. I am no longerin the biz but still remember everything he told me. To this day I miss working with my friend. What a great teacher. As Tom would say
DILLIGAF.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: hatched on Jan 02, 2008, 05:30
Wesley Purvis from Hatch had a lot of patience with me THANKS, i learned well ... :)
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Radwraith on Mar 21, 2008, 12:05
When I first wrote this thread Rick Kelling was still alive (And far too grumpy to want to be recognized ::)!). I didn't realise how much he had taught me or how much i would miss him till he passed. So... Before the moderator zaps me for off topic :-\, I need to add Rick to my list!
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: SloGlo on Mar 22, 2008, 03:43
Peach Bottom in the early eighties. That place taught you everything you needed to know about contamination and radiation. The place was a mess and a herd of us bartlett boys were run through there over the years.

dat wuz when it wuz a fun place.   eye yam tinking it wuz better'n when rad services ran da show.... aye meen, rad didn't have eye squared as a site coordinator!!!
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: let-it-ride on Mar 22, 2008, 11:23
   Yea, Back in the mid to late 80's.
      My teachers were Jeff Gardner, who is now a VP with EnergySolutions.
       Also the guys who really beat me up so I could learn were Gary Shelton
       and Mike Oneal.  I wonder where these two are now??
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: irishfan on Apr 02, 2008, 03:09
  Back in 88' when I started at Cook it was a S/G change out.  Too many people to remember.
But, I do remember sorting trash with Olga!  Those were the fun days! 
 I also remember working on the decon crew with Slatts, Dan Rosenhagen, Jeff Jackson, Tony Graack, Chris Covington...So Many More.  They were not shy at tell you how things should be done. :)

But, mostly I remember the study classes that Marty Erickson held for us at ANO in the early 90's. 
Cathy
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: LaFeet on Apr 18, 2008, 09:23
 Heck,  Im still a learnin
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: shehane on Apr 18, 2008, 09:41
One of my favorite sayings is "If you didn't learn something new today, you wasted the day!"  (drove my daughter nuts in high school). 
During the Navy day on Tender and Sub I had Mike McGarry, Jim Bickerstaff, Jeff Garner, Mike McCovy, Don Kiesling and many more I am sure.  It was a good feeling to be "the teacher" before it was time to get out.
Since going commercial it has been more of a give and take, learning and sharing at the same time.  Some of the names that really stick out include Dale Wiesner, Ned Volsted, Mark Lanny, Steve Murano, and Pete McAlister.  Again there are many, many more!  The most memberable is propably Pete.  You have not had fun at an outage till you work with him!!!

I hope I have helped some also.  Don
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: shelton on Sep 05, 2008, 07:33
I can tell you where Gary is because he is my brother.  He has been playing HP in the Oakridge community for about 10 years now. 

           Ink
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: KKibler on Jun 07, 2010, 09:23
 ::) SKULL ORCHARD
               Too Many To Thank...All the ANO RP Supervisors in the
                80's....Dan Stoltz, Jim Smith ,MacIntosh, ,Terry Byrd (taught me the formulas)
                First 18.1 Cover Rx Letdown line replacement,SG Jumpers,replacement MUV valves
                Sink or Swim... I won the olympics lol
               
                   Karen (Martin)Kibler

Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: UncaBuffalo on Dec 11, 2012, 10:12
In the Yard...Rick Caulfield!  With attitude examples by Troy Nelson & Merlin 'Mac' McAfee.

Down South (the knowledge AND the attitude)...John Inman.

Gave me the Keys-to-the-ROAD!  Karen Barcal.

Provided me enlightening examples on attitude &/or priorities (on-the-job OR in life)...June Gessner, Ray Watson, Ken Larson, Bob Thomas, Sue Jones, John Zeilstra, Connie Green, Steve & Amanda Holcomb, Nancy Marx, Hal Rowberry, Doug & Rita Dempsey, Mike Goetz, Rich & Lynn Cooper, Ray Thomsen, Wendell & Lynn Baker, Christine Eyre, Bob Erickson, Mark Walden, Bill Orr, Jim Knight, Don Schelb, Ron Keaton, Larry & Winnie Williams, Dale Anderson...

Taught me that stories & entertainment are very important in getting thru the job (and life) - Steve Brush, The Traveling Rowberrys, Jimmie Etue, Cam Gibson, Dean Butler, Tom Romansky, Jack Conrad, 'Doc' Gallagher, Dave Garza, Mike Ledo, Matt Bourne, Randy Schultz, Mark Yoas, Brett Chenier, Mike Dhabolt, Arlan Otto, Don Shehane, Jimmy Youngstrom, Matt Wright...



AND thanks to those who keep re-teaching me that this stuff is FUN...like Mark Fry, Kathy Henry, Rick Parke, Mike Newgaard, Chris Tiemens, Rob Goodrich...

Addendum 1

John Bennett - taught me the value (and fun) of throwing yourself 100% into (on to?) a job...GET A LITTLE ONYA!

Doug Dempsey - First person who ever pointed out (to me) that this job is fun!  And, it is okay to admit it!

More NukeWorkers who have fun...and make it fun for me!  Rebecca & Jon Case and James Rowsell.

Thanks!

James also taught me that valuable concept:  'The D.O.E. Filter'.  It kept me sane thru another bout of I.N.L.-silliness...


And on the I&C side, a shout-out to Dave Siereveld, Dave Gault, & Clyde Lewis for showing me how it should be done...

...and a nod to Kenny Johnson for his patience in training me.


THANKS!  :)
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: btkeele on Dec 12, 2012, 01:04
Upon reading your list I see Bob Thomas's name... I ran into him and Janet at the Fair in Sept, it was great to see them again, didn't have enough time to catch up much, but, it sure was good to see them.

BK
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: milo124 on Dec 13, 2012, 10:04
Mike Miles, Jake Sasser Jr, Dick Beltz...  Just a few of the names I can remember that "taught" me how to play the game (I can still hear it - Booray!).   :)
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: surf50 on Dec 13, 2012, 01:33
The one person who most influenced me was 'Jock' Crawford, our shift supervisor.
Knew what he was doing, never got excited or yelled, and when you asked him a stupid question he sat there and looked at you. And waited. Until you figured it out for yourself.

If we called him from containment during an outage, it'd better be REAL important, otherwise he'd say," Are you a Senior HP?".  We'd say, "Yes, Jock..."
"Well, then HANDLE it!...click."

I miss that guy.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: liam on Dec 14, 2012, 11:09
Jock Crawford made me a better supervisor and Jay Peck made me a better tech.  I owe both of them.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: bill10249 on Feb 25, 2013, 03:08
Reading all these I noticed some of you were taught by those I taught being old enough to have been Lead Tech on the ARK.  but I remember  the best of the best whether working at goblers Knob or my first plant for bobby Lenard  at Oyster Creek. I someitmes miss the road but am now one year from retirement maybe I will travel around and sell sandwiches at the gates like they use to at St. Lucie.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: RADBASTARD on Feb 25, 2013, 10:06
When I started out as a House tech at Salem back in 1981 the first 2 contract techs I was put with were the great late Bill Mahoney and Sharon Sparks from Pennsgrove n.j. at my first outage in 1982.
The first day I met Bill he said kid I like you let go get some drinks when we get off work. Well the rest is history.

I also learned alot from Cam and Jimmy Gibson they made he a better tech lol
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: heavydose on Feb 27, 2013, 03:11
 :-\ I learned from Einstein' s at over 30 some plants. The first outage is always the biggest. Late great Bob Reynolds, Art Flowers, Mike Novack  and just about all the techs listed. I remember when I was saw this web site the first time, the main topic was the plants I worked at. Sorry to see I did not make the list. in over thirty four years.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: allenmurrow on Mar 10, 2013, 03:08
Nothing compares to NLO training presented by Ken Flacco, "umm kkaaayyyy."
The "umm kkaaayyyy" count averaged about 47 per hour.

On a "for serious" note, he did make training rather entertaining while still covering the required material.

Thanks Ken!
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: andreaslattery on Aug 30, 2014, 05:19
Although I'm relatively new to the nuke business, going on 1 year now. I have to say that my father Jim Slattery has been instrumental in my career path.
Not only did he raise me to be the person I am today, he also has helped me in any way he could with studying and finding work.
I'm happy to say I'm following in his footsteps and will be leaving for my first RP job in 3 weeks.
Thanks Dad.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: RDTroja on Aug 30, 2014, 05:23
Although I'm relatively new to the nuke business, going on 1 year now. I have to say that my father Jim Slattery has played a detrimental role in my career choice.
Not only did he raise me to be the person I am today, he also has helped me in any way he could with studying and finding work.
I'm happy to say I'm following in his footsteps and will be leaving for my first RP job in 3 weeks.
Thanks Dad.

Instrumental, perhaps?
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: andreaslattery on Aug 30, 2014, 06:01
Instrumental, perhaps?
Ha definitely had the wrong word in there, thanks.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Rennhack on Aug 30, 2014, 10:25
Although I'm relatively new to the nuke business, going on 1 year now. I have to say that my father Jim Slattery has been instrumental in my career path.
Not only did he raise me to be the person I am today, he also has helped me in any way he could with studying and finding work.
I'm happy to say I'm following in his footsteps and will be leaving for my first RP job in 3 weeks.
Thanks Dad.

I'd have to say that Jim Slattery had a role in my career as well.  There are too many to name them all.  Perhaps I'll try some day.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Wlrun3 on Aug 31, 2014, 02:43
Along time ago at Palisades I and Asa and Jim were watching the remote monitors and Asa said "it's floating."
A small lead pig containing used in-core detectors had floated out of its larger container on the floor of the flooded reactor cavity.
It bobbed to the surface in a flood of bubbles and quickly sank back to rest on the lip of the larger pig on the reactor cavity floor.
No one had ever seen anything like it and what had happened to the pig, weighing hundreds of pounds, defied explanation.
In the excited confusion of the cramped and dark remote monitoring room I recall Jim mumbling something about the accumulated boron residue on the small screens on the bottom of the small pig having held the the air inside the pig, causing it to float, and when it broke the surface the boron on the screens was cleared by the expanding air and the pig sank.
This was the worst iodine outage the old plant had ever seen, caused by leaking source assemblies, and the novelty of the floating pig was quickly forgotten as the plant struggled to recover...
On my last day standing in line with an operator I brought up the topic of the paradox of the floating pig. He explained that the investigation had determined that accumulated boron on the screens beneath the pig had allowed the pig to retain the air inside causing it to float and when it broke the surface the clogged screens were cleared by the expanding air allowing the pig to sink.
Given the confusion in the remote monitoring room I would be surprised if Jim remembers saying this.
I don't think I or Asa had ever seen the screens beneath the small pig and wouldn't have put two and two together to figure this out even if we had.
I believe that the way Jim began his career gave him the advantage of having seen the most obscure and least visited of the thousands of components, systems and tools in the plant.
That moment in the remote monitoring room forced me to pursue an understanding of the in-core monitoring system in the Combustion Engineering pressurized water reactor.
Had it not been for Jim's off hand comment, the topic of apparent second nature to him, the function, design and all evolutions involving the in-cores would, for me, be nothing more than a vague blur.

Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: hoghunter on Sep 03, 2014, 12:32
Who Taught you?: How can you really answer that? I've been in the nuke world from 1981 till now in some form ether Decon or RP. Through out the years and even today there has been a lot of people on both sides impact my learning.To say one or a few has taught me where do you start the list would be so long, but if I can I want to thank my Dad ( GOD BLESS HIM) for he is the one that stood by me when I was heading the wrong way, he was the one that taught me the ways of open mind, always thanks ahead and sometimes outside the box. My Dad taught me to never give up, if things don't work one way try another, be kind to others and to take pride in what ever you do.
Now to all you that thanks those words are bull and don't go along with topic, think about this in our everyday job task both physical , mental and dealing with others just how much of those words do we use, so I want to thank Dad!! thats all folks!!
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Laundry Man on Sep 03, 2014, 10:37
My first commercial plant was Maine Yankee as a summer student in 1979.  Doing power entries by myself gave me the self confidence to perform just about any task I was given.  Great Numanco guys really helped during my formative years at IP2.  Gladney, Sky Dog, Marg, Greenfeld and the list goes on.  I was a oretty good hearts player after that also.
LM
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: indoprime on Sep 03, 2014, 04:14
Who taught me? That's a good question....

I'll go with Nate Bridges. He taught me how to do my first survey.

Then I'll go with Brian Perkins from Cooper. He taught me how to be graceful under fire.

Dave Dole taught me how to shine under the bright lights of CTMT and SGs

Kirtland Young taught me that you CAN have friends in this business

And last but NOT least, Todd Willis taught me the in's/out's of leading a DOE project.

Thank you all for helping me develop as  HP/RP/RCT.


Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Rennhack on Sep 03, 2014, 10:23
And last but NOT least, Todd Willis taught me the in's/out's of leading a DOE project.

Todd taught me a thing or two as well.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Dinerp on Sep 05, 2014, 04:53
Just about every house tech at Palo Verde, past or present since 2004.
Title: Re: Who Taught you? ( 1980)
Post by: old raddog on Sep 11, 2014, 01:05
1980, here is a few

Ralph Jacobs, Bill Debo, Jerome Bradshaw, Terry Stout, Gordon Blanchi. John Shoemaker. Bob DunsMeyer. D.Wood,
Jeff Umbra. T.Saunders. R.Long, L.Crawford, Bob Fram, Joe Prinski. Tim Cates. Stan Fairley. There is a list of more but this is just to name a few. Also owe a lot to Frank Corris.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Radwraith on Apr 26, 2019, 07:39
It's been a few years so I think I'll refresh the thread: I'll add Joe Mccadoo to the list for teaching me the standards I still try to live by!
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: scotoma on Apr 26, 2019, 08:46
I got my basics in the Navy, but I can attribute my commercial learning to many. First of all, I have to thank Chuck Pierce for giving me the opportunity to get into the business. If you were loyal to Chuck, he took care of his techs, going well beyond what was required. Pete DiChiara, (an incredible technical mind), John Oetken, Jim Ledford, Frank Visosky, Bob Vogel, Gene Imbimbo, Bernie Barker, Pete Rannels, and later on Chris Wend (another incredible technical mind). There are main more and I'm sorry if I didn't mention you, but quite frankly, at 69, I've forgotten too much. Then there were several, that will remain nameless that tought what not to do. And then of course there was trial and error. Maybe not friends, but good teachers.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Marlin on Apr 26, 2019, 09:58
I got my basics in the Navy, but I can attribute my commercial learning to many. First of all, I have to thank Chuck Pierce for giving me the opportunity to get into the business. If you were loyal to Chuck, he took care of his techs, going well beyond what was required. Pete DiChiara, (an incredible technical mind), John Oetken, Jim Ledford, Frank Visosky, Bob Vogel, Gene Imbimbo, Bernie Barker, Pete Rannels, and later on Chris Wend (another incredible technical mind). There are main more and I'm sorry if I didn't mention you, but quite frankly, at 69, I've forgotten too much. Then there were several, that will remain nameless that tought what not to do. And then of course there was trial and error. Maybe not friends, but good teachers.

   I am a few years behind you but a lot of these names I had forgotten and made me smile for a number of reasons. Gold fish in the heels of disco shoes, one whose kids who maintained A averages while on the road, practical jokes at work and parties after. Most of what I learned after the Navy had little to do with anything technical.



 8)
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: TVA on Apr 27, 2019, 10:36
John Oetken is a heck of a good guy.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: radbrat on Apr 27, 2019, 08:50
I'll double down on that, J.O.s disposition is super, learned a lot from him at Fermi.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: ipregen on Apr 29, 2019, 01:38
I'll go with Dr Jay Rencher in Idaho Falls. Class 7408.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Al Eidson on Apr 29, 2019, 02:41
Mark Rubin, Ronnie Hernandez, Bob Otey and many more back in the good ole days of IRM and cash per diem. Every outage was a learning exercise. We had many a good time and someone always had your back and the job was always covered.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Marlin on Apr 29, 2019, 03:04
I'll go with Dr Jay Rencher in Idaho Falls. Class 7408.

I loved his stories, I can't remember the name of the other civilian RadCon instructor but he was on the recovery team for SL-1 and had some very good stories too about the early years of the Navy nuclear program. I would have to agree that they taught me more than anyone else about theory, then we entered the Navy programmatic system where we used very little of it. (S1W 71-02)
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Marlin on Apr 29, 2019, 10:56
I'll go with Dr Jay Rencher in Idaho Falls. Class 7408.

https://www.nukeworker.com/forum/index.php/topic,38987.msg187537.html#msg187537
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: ipregen on Apr 30, 2019, 11:37
https://www.nukeworker.com/forum/index.php/topic,38987.msg187537.html#msg187537
I remember things like he would be on a mountain with his 270 Weatherby aiming at an elk on another mountai.
I don't recall the other guys name, but I do remember his SL-1 stories.
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: TVA on Apr 30, 2019, 06:23
Doc was a good dude
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: Marlin on May 01, 2019, 03:03
I can't remember the name of the other civilian RadCon instructor but he was on the recovery team for SL-1 and had some very good stories too about the early years of the Navy nuclear program.

Arlo Trost was the other instructor he was the first to enter SL-1 with a meter.

http://www.memorialsolutions.com/sitemaker/sites/WoodFu2/obit.cgi?user=344423Trost
Title: Re: Who Taught you?
Post by: ipregen on May 02, 2019, 11:04
wow, what a memory, Arlo Trost along with Doc Rencher!