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For those of you looking to make the transition to commercial nuclear power the following website is a great source for studying to get your NRC Generic Fundamental Exam out of the way. Both Boiling Water Reactors and Pressurized Water Reactors are represented. http://www.quantumhyperspace.com/gfes/index.jsp
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"Tracer" Mike, Awesome post. I have a question for you since you have a SRO license. I am a nuke ET chief (RCLCPO on a fast attack)with 10 years in, qualified Engineering Officer of the Watch (prototype), Engineering Watch Supervisor and Reactor Operator and am about to get out next year. I have heard rumors that there are plants out there that are hiring folks like me directly into their Senior Reactor Operator program. Is this true? Looking for that big pay check.
Apologies for butting in...Maxxchia: Odds are against you about 99 to 1 that you will be able to get out, get a job at a utility, land a slot directly into license class, AND actually come away with your SRO license. There are lots of roads to getting the license, but very few that short. My background similar to yours, except I wasn't a chief. ET; Prototype qualified as EOOW, etc., etc. I had the same mind-set getting out too; thought I could do anything I put my mind to. Actually, though, getting my SRO license was far more difficult than anything I had done in the NAV, and I had several years experience as a non-licensed operator before license class. I doubt I would've made it had I tried to 'instant' right away. You like operations? My advice; get some plant time as an NLO first (by the way, the cash is almost as good depending on your overtime hours). The other part of this is that utilities only man up a class every so often; usually > 1 year between them. First slots for SROs usually go to exsisting RO licenses, then NLOs. Then others that meet the qualifications within the company (engineers, for example). VERY unusual to have ANY license candidates hired directly from the outside. There are too few slots for those applying within the company. Also, you need some in-plant time before the you'll meet the NRC requirement. Good luck; hope things work out for you.
Hate to bump an old post, but this one seems to have some contributors that might provide good insight if they’re still around…I’d like to know what the key competencies are where these instants are failing?Is it applied skills, such as a lack of ingrained familiarity with plant systems, plant feedback, or procedures that might be overcome with more time, experience and study?Is it intangibles, such as coolness under pressure and mental agility, that a candidate largely either has or doesn’t have?Is it external factors, such as attempting to complete a training program with a family and a home, and doing so far removed from good study habits of high school/college?Or are there other competencies - related or unrelated to these - that are resulting in failed candidates?
You have chosen the harder reactor type to be an instant SRO for a lot of reasons of which I'll try to illustrate. Your situational awareness has to be much higher in a BWR than a PWR and that comes from experience/natural talent. This has more to do with Emergency Operating Procedure philosophy between Westinghouse and General Electric Owners Group and less with plant design or other factors.
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