Working in the field of nuclear energy is a rewarding experience that gives technicians the chance to travel, learn valuable skills, and gives them a sense of accomplishment. This blog discusses the ins and outs of working in nuclear power plants. Additionally, a long-time technician turned project supervisor, Ryan Rondosh, weighs in on the advantages of a career with The Merrick Group, Inc.
What does a Typical Day for a Nuclear Technician look like?
A typical day on-site during a nuclear power plant outage begins with planning and discussion before the fieldwork commences. A half-hour window of time will be set aside for the outgoing crew members to discuss accomplishments and future goals with the incoming shift workers, to ensure that information is exchanged and objectives are being met. “We run 24 hours a day, and the communication between day and night is important,” says Ryan Rondosh, who works as a supervisor during outages. Allowing everyone to have their say is essential to working together. According to Rondosh, the team mentality is that “the parts are sometimes greater than the whole.”
Once they have spoken with the other shift members, technicians will break up into small groups led by a supervisor like Rondosh. Out in the field, crews will run a “two-minute drill”, where they evaluate the upcoming project. After the drill, it’s time to get to work. There are only small windows of time to accomplish everything that needs to be done for the day, so teams have to work together efficiently to complete their workload in a short amount of time.
How long is a Typical Engagement with one Plant?
The amount of time that technicians spend at each plant depends on a variety of factors, but they can usually expect to spend anywhere from two weeks to two months working on a project. The peak times for outages are during the spring or fall when electricity use is at its lowest point.
How do you become a Nuclear Technician?
Interested applicants don’t need any prior training or education to be considered for employment. A high school diploma and clean background check are required, as well as a valid ID or driver’s license, and candidates will have to pass a drug test.
What are some of the most Exotic Locations and Plants you have Worked in?
Rondosh has had the opportunity to travel all over the country, as well as to Canada, Taiwan, and Japan. The Merrick Group, Inc. even allowed him to stay and explore foreign countries once the job was completed!
What are the Benefits of Working at The Merrick Group, Inc.?
Merrick offers competitive pay and the chance for an exciting career path. “The great thing is the family that is built here,” says Rondosh, who also mentions a sense of accomplishment as one of the benefits of working for Merrick.
What Career Opportunities are Available at Merrick? What is the Career Path for a Nuclear Technician?
There are plenty of opportunities for advancement in the nuclear field, and additional training and certifications are available for all employees. Supervisors will receive training to learn how to manage time, people, and situations effectively. “Anyone who wants to start with us can get a good career out of it,” Rondosh says.
What can new Hires Expect Working for Merrick?
Rondosh has worked at The Merrick Group, Inc. for 17 years, and he cites good pay, a sense of camaraderie, and a chance to see the world as reasons why a career at Merrick is a viable option.
What is the Application Process to Start Working for The Merrick Group, Inc.?
The Merrick Group, Inc. accepts applications through their careers page. Upload a copy of your resume detailing your past experiences and qualifications for the open position. For further information, contact The Merrick Group, Inc. and speak with a human resources representative.
John Merrick is the owner and president of The Merrick Group, Inc. He has over 25 years of experience with coordinating national and international sales efforts for nuclear and fossil fuel related maintenance projects. He has successfully completed projects in over 30 nuclear and fossil fuel sites.