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Facility & Company Information => Region III (Mid West) => Monticello => Topic started by: Rennhack on Nov 30, 2002, 07:47

Title: Monticello
Post by: Rennhack on Nov 30, 2002, 07:47
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Title: Monticello
Post by: Rennhack on Nov 30, 2002, 09:30
Talk About: Monticello
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: imbucky on Mar 12, 2005, 04:17
What is going on at Monti?
They are doing call outs here at Point Beach to see if anyone is interested in going to Monti for "7-10 days".
I guess it won't take anytime to inprocess?  ::) From what I've seen travelling between NMC plants as a Tech you don't just "walk in the door...hey! Where's my meter!" :P
From what we've heard so far is that people are out because of medical reasons. People getting hurt up there or what?

Good Luck!!!! We're headed into an outage in how many days?!?

Bucky
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Oly on Mar 12, 2005, 09:38
Aging workforce, understaffed........ you know the deal already. How's it goin'? When will you be here in the well?
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: imbucky on Mar 13, 2005, 08:50
Understaffed? Sounds familiar? :-X "We'll just have to do what we can do for the Picture of Excellence" Right?  ;)

Just be carefull not to make a mistake......

Doubt if we are gonna be there? The NMC says that the Conus rate is $80/day for perdium? Must have their own rates somewhere when GSA says it's ~$156? We're already working 10's here so we should travel for 2 hours of OT and pull less perdium than the contractors?

Must not cost as much for a house puke to travel? Are they issuing the Junior discount cards again and we don't know about it? ;D

Maybe we could get this ACEMAN guy to swing a meter?!?

Anyways, Good Luck in the Well!!!

Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: klsas on Mar 16, 2005, 02:02
To my friends at Monty,

Yes, I am alive and well. A couple of my medications reacted and and the symptoms really messed up the Big Lake community hospital. I am about back to normal and am expecting to be back on the 28th. I will miss those heading to DAEC but will see you down the road soon. I apologize for making the shortage of techs worse and the RX building techs for having to carry me this outage while I have been out. See you soon.

Keith
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Apr 12, 2006, 08:18
Been a while but the Zoo was the place in 80-81.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Apr 14, 2006, 12:27
These folks had their sh-t together. St. Clouds a great area.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: retired nuke on Nov 15, 2006, 01:31
You know it's gonna be cold when the parking lot has outlets for block heaters. But the folks was nice, the town was close, and I hadda good time.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: DecommMan on Nov 15, 2006, 01:36
Nice - in the summer.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Already Gone on Nov 15, 2006, 05:25
Pack a lunch.  It's close to town, but not close enough, and there's no cafeteria on site.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Cathy on Nov 16, 2006, 01:07
No outlets anymore since contractors can not park near the plant and must hike in.

Hike is an understatement!!! Nothing like walking in the dark, sliding on snow and ice in below zero weather, and if you are lucky the freezing wind won't be blowing!! It is absolutely miserable and not necessary. Many mornings I walked past tons of empty parking spaces closer to the plant. The contractors have to park well away from the plant and half the walk in was through empty parking lots.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Lorrie Henson on Jan 18, 2007, 01:36
Does anyone know what happened yesterday at Monticello and if it's going to affect the upcoming outage?

Thanks,
Lorrie
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Charles U Farley on Jan 18, 2007, 05:20
Does anyone know what happened yesterday at Monticello and if it's going to affect the upcoming outage?

Thanks,
Lorrie

From Twincities.com (http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/politics/16481807.htm?source=rss&channel=twincities_politics)

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Monticello nuclear plant shut down; No threat to safety, officials say
BY DENNIS LIEN
Pioneer Press
The Monticello nuclear power plant remained shut down today, a week after a control box broke free from a support beam and caused a drop in steam pressure, federal and plant officials said.

The 35,000-pound box fell eight inches to a foot and landed on top of several steam lines, resulting in a loss of steam pressure and the automatic shutdown of the plant's nuclear reactor, according to Jan Strasma, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The incidents occurred outside the reactor, resulted in no loss of radiation, and represented no threat to public safety, according to Strasma and Arline Datu, a spokeswoman for Nuclear Management Co., which manages the Monticello and Prairie Island nuclear plants for Xcel Energy.

"All of the reactor safety systems functioned as designed,'' Strasma said.

Datu said it's unclear when the 612-megawatt plant will start up again. "We are working around the clock to complete the evaluation,'' Datu said. "We're trying to get the plant online as soon as possible.''

Typically, such shutdowns, which are done periodically at plants for maintenance, have no impact on customers.

The last time such a maintenance problem caused an automatic shutdown at the plant northwest of the Twin Cities was four years ago, according to Datu.

Strasma said early indications suggest that a combination of vibration and inadequate welding caused the problem.

Last fall, Xcel's license for the plant, which began operating in 1970, was renewed until 2030.

Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: indoprime on Jan 20, 2007, 01:46
I'm heading to Monticello for the upcoming outage....can someone tell me about a good place to live? Nice places to eat? Etc?  I've never been there, so I'm looking forward to getting back on the road.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Jan 20, 2007, 10:42
Hike is an understatement!!! Nothing like walking in the dark, sliding on snow and ice in below zero weather, and if you are lucky the freezing wind won't be blowing!! It is absolutely miserable and not necessary. Many mornings I walked past tons of empty parking spaces closer to the plant. The contractors have to park well away from the plant and half the walk in was through empty parking lots.
I know of several person that have fallen on the ice and been hurt there. Unnecessarily!
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: klsas on Feb 14, 2007, 02:40
March weather: same as February weather. Cold, probably snow, ice, long walk from the parking lot. The wind always blows in your face, whether coming or going. It is a great place to work though. I wanted to go back this time, but scheduling precluded it. Try to work for Dusty, you will have a good time. I stayed in Monticello, only about 5 - 10 minutes from the plant. Best Western had an awesome breakfast buffet.

Keith
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: ShovelHeadRed on Mar 08, 2007, 09:05
....Hey Spankee....you didnt say anything about this 24" of snow...a winter wonderland...this redneck, has been below freezin for over 30 days...you gotta,,,,"HBO"...helpabrotherout.....send me some a that south carolina sunshine...cant complain about it..I chose this part of the nuclear world this spring....so I am gonna ....rideitallthewaytothebank. ..........red
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Mar 08, 2007, 09:12
Don't worry Red, it will thaw about May. Still in Texas, 75 sultry degrees....
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Mar 09, 2007, 09:25
Even better today, 78 sunny degrees!
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: ShovelHeadRed on Mar 26, 2007, 10:51
....well, it warmed up, 75 degrees today....a little bone-us problem I do believe.....
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Mar 27, 2007, 09:23
Just a tease.....
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Jack U. Loyd on Mar 29, 2007, 12:02
Hey George W ,

 Hows my finance advisor?

sos !!!  Short staffed as usual......Selective bonus rumours abound....Level one tech BS...
the usual crap...........the house side rocks though.....Atlantic Is precisely why I got off the road ...as old as I am I just could'nt work for kids anymore....level ones Rock!
 
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Dustball on Feb 21, 2008, 02:09
6 New RP positions now open at Monticello.  Check out Xcel Energy's website for job posting information.  Have to apply within the next two weeks.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: JsonD13 on May 23, 2008, 11:06
There are another 6 new jobs posted for RP techs again.  As an outsider (this is my disclaimer of ignorance) it looks like they are possibly looking for the same 6 positions as in February.  Anyone have any insight to how its going up there?  I could possibly be getting out of the Navy in a few months (medical dishcarge) and I would like to know why they keep having to rehire for these jobs.

P.S.  Monti is my preferable place of employment because its closest to where I call home ;-)

Jason
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: PWHoppe on Sep 18, 2008, 04:37
Any news on the significant safety event that occured yesterday. ???
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Melrose on Sep 18, 2008, 06:48
Any news on the significant safety event that occured yesterday. ???

NUE was declared at 1017, an equipment rental employee was fatally injured when equipment he was working on contacted a high voltage line just outside the gates.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: retired nuke on Sep 18, 2008, 11:58
NUE was declared at 1017, an equipment rental employee was fatally injured when equipment he was working on contacted a high voltage line just outside the gates.

Slightly more detail...

http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/en.html#en44498 (http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/en.html#en44498)

Condolences to the worker's family. IP2 had a fatality involving a transformer a while back - they are a piece of equipment to be treated with respect.... :(
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Smooth Operator on Sep 24, 2009, 08:59
Looking at Chemistry Sup and Turbine Project Manager positions at Monti? Any insight?
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: JsonD13 on Oct 09, 2009, 12:28
Chemistry Supervisor position is open because our RPM is the previous chemistry sup.  Not sure about the project manager position.

If you like the snow, come on up.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Smooth Operator on Oct 10, 2009, 12:49
was just informed the chem supv position would not be pusued for filling this year....or something like that....could have been hr speak for sorry not interested....who knows
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: JohnK87 on Oct 10, 2009, 10:34
More like "we need to save money this year so we aren't hiring until next year."

It's not you, it's company wide.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Smooth Operator on Oct 12, 2009, 01:07
I re-read the memo and it also stated it wasnt going to be filled externally, so maybe they are still looking for internal applicants since it wont increase the number of benefits participants.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: jnietfeld408 on Oct 20, 2009, 01:41
Does anyone know if starting in Becker as a GPH (general plant helper) would be a good start to someday moving up into nuclear ops or chemistry.  Let me know what you think.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Dustball on Jan 24, 2010, 09:34
? It was filled externally


I re-read the memo and it also stated it wasnt going to be filled externally, so maybe they are still looking for internal applicants since it wont increase the number of benefits participants.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Dustball on Jan 24, 2010, 09:37
Depends on your background and qualifications.  Hard to get in to any helper position here or there.  But if you have the right background you could just wait until ops has a posting and apply then.  Easier to get in to PI as a chemist.


Does anyone know if starting in Becker as a GPH (general plant helper) would be a good start to someday moving up into nuclear ops or chemistry.  Let me know what you think.

Title: Plant Tour
Post by: chasesg on Feb 15, 2010, 10:57
Hello,

I am a 5yr nuke home on leave and working for this plant when my time is up would be ideal. I was wondering if anyone knew if it was possible for me to tour the plant or who I could direct such a request to. I have always wanted to see around a commercial plant and this one would be perfect. I am in the Twin Cities area until the 26th, any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Chase
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: JsonD13 on Feb 16, 2010, 11:56
Sent you a PM
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Dustball on May 05, 2010, 04:40
Long Term Contractors needed!  Who's in?
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: klsas on May 05, 2010, 05:48
Dusty,

Has Xcel let loose of the purse strings? I sent you a PM.

Keith
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Dustball on May 05, 2010, 06:31
Just need help!  Too much going on.  We're bringing in 4 end of this month.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: cairnit on May 06, 2010, 12:23
I'm in.   Report on the 24th.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Lorrie Henson on Nov 11, 2010, 04:34
I'm looking for a contact phone number for HP.  Can someone please contact either Jim or me, please?

Thanks!!
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: radbitch on Nov 28, 2010, 01:08
Can someone please give me directions to the plant.. coming off I-94w. TIA
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: wlrun3@aol.com on Nov 28, 2010, 02:34
The plant is literally on I-84 W a mile or so past Monticello town on the right (north) side of the freeway.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: retired nuke on Nov 28, 2010, 03:08
Can someone please give me directions to the plant.. coming off I-94w. TIA

http://www.nukeworker.com/maps/facility/Monticello.html (http://www.nukeworker.com/maps/facility/Monticello.html)

It's about the easiest plant to get to, that I've ever been to...
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: JsonD13 on Nov 29, 2010, 09:48
I-94, exit at Hwy 25.  If you were going East on 94, take a left at the exit.  If going west on 94 take a right.  Take a left on Cr-75.  Go up about 4-5 miles, plant driveway is on the right.  If you go over a bridge on 75, you went too far.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: techtoolong on Nov 29, 2010, 03:46
Extended Stay America - Minneapolis - Maple Grove

12970 63rd Ave. N.
Maple Grove, MN 55369
763-694-9747

$40 a night for single or $50 for double.  hotel taxes are refundable after 30 days in Minnesota
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: wasteman on Dec 13, 2010, 11:16
When working monticello in jan/feb, how do you keep a diesel from freezing up while at work?
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: walstib on Dec 13, 2010, 11:37
I don't have a diesel however, a friend of mine rigged up a second battery (with max cold cranking amps on both batteries) so he could keep the glow plugs on for 5 minutes or whatever was needed to warm the diesel up enough to start.  Down side was he just sat there in the cold waiting until he could start his vehicle. 

Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: techtoolong on Jan 21, 2011, 03:34
Monticello has at least a 65 day outage.  Major work for EPU.  Replacing the Steam Dryer etc.  7 year Sr RP's $30.00/ hr without bonus.  Also taking Junior's.  The plan is move the old dryer out whole.  This ought to be interesting.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: Frankie Love on Jan 21, 2011, 04:16
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The plan is move the old dryer out whole.  This ought to be interesting.

Did the same thing at Quad and Dresden. Dresden had a dryer cover made out of 600 denier material for transport. Opened up the side of the reactor building and made a porch with a small rail system. Interesting.
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: soulless on Feb 26, 2011, 01:51
Hello,

I'm new to the message board and after lurking around for a bit have decided to post. I'm a Surface Navy Nuke Machinist Mate Chief planning on finishing out my 20 toward the end of 2012. I'm extremely interested in looking at job possibilities at the Monticello plant. I know my retirement date is a ways off, but I want to start getting my ducks in a row. Just looking to start communicating with some people currently working at the plant who might be willing to guide me.

Thanks
Leighton
Title: Monticello
Post by: justme on Aug 25, 2011, 09:52
Got a call today from Bartlett, Monticello fall outage cancelled.  Looks like a sit out this fall, all outages staffed.  So much for a 65 day outage.  Guess the parts needed were the wrong size when the came.  What ever happened to measure twice cut (order) once.
Title: Re: Monticello cafeteria
Post by: jbechtel on Jan 27, 2013, 01:33
Does Monticello have a hot food line yet, or do I bring in my own soup?
Title: Re: Monticello
Post by: walstib on Jan 29, 2013, 04:17
Chatters, something like a Buffalo Wild Wings, will be running a kitchen for meals here on site during the outage which starts first part of March, and is scheduled for 85.5 days.