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Posted: 3/29/2009 2:31:15 PM EDT
Lots of people support nuclear power, but would you actually work at a nuclear power generation plant if given the chance, if a number of new of facilities were constructed?
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:32:04 PM EDT
Certainly. Much safer than working in a coal-fired plant.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:32:11 PM EDT
Of course.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:32:39 PM EDT
Of course
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:33:03 PM EDT
yup
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:33:28 PM EDT
Yep.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:33:57 PM EDT
Yes
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:34:18 PM EDT
Why wouldn't you? Nuclear power, as regulated today, is safer and cleaner than probably any other industry, and the stigma associated with nuclear power means that they'll probably pay you pretty good (relatively speaking) for the work.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:34:40 PM EDT
No.

I'm not a nuclear engineer.

But if they wanted to give me Homer Simpson's job, hell yeah.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:35:17 PM EDT
My dad is nuclear safety cerified. I would if I had to.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:35:22 PM EDT
Probably safer than where I work now.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:35:31 PM EDT
my uncle owns an engineering company that helps design/build/retrofit nuke plants.

im on my way to becoming a nuke welder.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:36:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2009 2:36:57 PM EDT by 3crowns]
Originally Posted By Keith_J:
Certainly. Much safer than working in a coal-fired plant.


I was listening to a radio show last night; it was about historic accidents at nuclear facilities. The point was made that at non-nuclear power generating facilities, accident rates are actually much higher: coal, hydro etc.

Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:37:11 PM EDT
They're supposed to be start construction on reactor #2 here in Tennessee at Watt's Bar shortly. Wouldn't mind working on it, it's a five year project (but it will probably take 10+) and the pay is good.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:38:41 PM EDT
It wouldn't be my first career choice, but I don't see why not.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:41:02 PM EDT
Sure would.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:41:39 PM EDT
I used to work at Big Rock Point as an operator, closed down and decommissioned that plant and transfered to a coal plant.

Night and day difference in the safety culture.

We went something like 22 YEARS without a lost time accident at BRP.

We have 4-5 per year at my present location, but we are getting better.

BRP was a dream job compared to the coal plants.


Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:43:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2009 2:44:51 PM EDT by runcible]
If it paid well, why not?

(Shit, I work in the "run into burning buildings for living" industry. I aint scared of no isotopes!)
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:43:43 PM EDT
If they had one here in Utah, I'd jump at the chance to work for their safety staff. In a heartbeat.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:47:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 3crowns:
Originally Posted By Keith_J:
Certainly. Much safer than working in a coal-fired plant.


I was listening to a radio show last night; it was about historic accidents at nuclear facilities. The point was made that at non-nuclear power generating facilities, accident rates are actually much higher: coal, hydro etc.



Some of the worst industrial accidents were steam boilers. Leading to the formation of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers who implemented the first code for design, operation and service of boilers and pressure vessels. Since then, this code is used throughout the world and led to the formation of most of the safety systems in use on both conventionally fired pressure vessels/boilers AND nuclear power plants.

And now, ASME also is the authority behind piping codes which were implemented under ANSI. (B codes).
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:49:58 PM EDT
That is one lopsided poll!
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:52:22 PM EDT
Worked at Diablo Canyon Unit Two in the 80's (pipe welder) while they were loading fuel rods in Unit One. Probably the most safety-oriented construction project I've seen. Project went from $550M to $5.2B because of seismic retrofit/wingnut protesters, and still a moneymaker. Not a big Bechtel fan but they do know their shit. The operating technology has evolved under the most intense scrutiny in the industry, and is largely better because of it. Only good thing Jimmy Carter ever did: be a nuke engineer when Three Mile Island SHTF, and he actually made the right decisions, although he had some smart people in the plant guiding him, too. They should've sequestered him there, though... I'd work a nuke nowadays with no reservations, online or offline. Best TIG welders on the planet can be found in a nuke project, whether it's a plant, tech build or shipyard.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:56:14 PM EDT
Is the plant being run by the soviets? No? Then hell yes, I'd jump at the chance.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:56:59 PM EDT
Yes. Wish I could find a job at the local one
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 2:58:08 PM EDT
If they'd have me, fuck yeah I would.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:00:36 PM EDT
Sure ...as long as I get to be the guy who opens the bomb doors once we're over the top of certain "sandy" countries.......
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:02:14 PM EDT
Yes. I am actually going to school right now to do just that, work in Nuclear Power Generation.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:05:04 PM EDT
Not only would I but I did for 6 years for the U.S.D.O.E.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:06:14 PM EDT
Originally Posted By JCKnife:
That is one lopsided poll!


I voted no.

Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:06:24 PM EDT
yes.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:09:41 PM EDT
I love my nuclear job. Would encourage anyone thinking of joining the industry.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:11:14 PM EDT
why not it is good money
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:12:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Keith_J:
Certainly. Much safer than working in a coal-fired plant.

Damn straight. Your biggest safety risk working in a nuclear power plant is the drive in.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:14:15 PM EDT
Yes, I have in the past as a Armed Security Officer.........good working conditions and such....secure job...I would do it again in a heart beat if they built one within 50 miles of me!!!
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:21:29 PM EDT
I really hope the momentum behind Nuclear builds. I would like to see more effort toward the new designs that call for smaller, mass-produced reactors. So we could make a shitload of them and tell the Arabs to fuck off (and stop the massive wealth transfer to them).

BTW Yucca Mountain is not dead. Obama kiiled the funding, but he did not pulll their license.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:25:51 PM EDT
Already do..

I'm an industrial electrician... I do most of my work in nuclear and coal fired power plants.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:34:18 PM EDT
I have on more than one occasion in the past and I will be again in the very near future.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:38:12 PM EDT
Fuck YES!!!

In a way, I already have.
I spent my younger years (14-22) building valves and flow control equipment for nuclear plants in Michigan and Ohio.
Even provided on-site tech support at a few facilities.

Good stuff.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:41:24 PM EDT
I'm sure they could find something to do with a chemist.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:41:35 PM EDT
I've worked there before, I'd do it again. Nuke plants are very clean. Emission of any radioactivity or contaminated material is nil. (A coal fired plant actually emits more radioactive material than a nuke plant in the form of the locked up radioactive isotopes that leave through the smoke stake and ash.)
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:44:38 PM EDT
Why the hell not?
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:47:37 PM EDT
Yes. I've always thought it would be interesting to handle security for an N plant.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:48:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 3crowns:
I really hope the momentum behind Nuclear builds. I would like to see more effort toward the new designs that call for smaller, mass-produced reactors. So we could make a shitload of them and tell the Arabs to fuck off (and stop the massive wealth transfer to them).

BTW Yucca Mountain is not dead. Obama kiiled the funding, but he did not pulll their license.

I work as a designer to a supplier to nuke plants. Recently, I heard a story from a potential customer (a major player in nuke world) who told me that Obama wouldn't get near a nuclear power plant. Not even go into offices. They all but said his ignorance has made him petrified of nuclear plants.

Probably didn't want everyone to find out his clothes are mostly nylon.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:52:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By echofivekilo:
Originally Posted By JCKnife:
That is one lopsided poll!


I voted no.



Why?
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:56:50 PM EDT
Yes
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 3:57:47 PM EDT
I have some friends who work(ed) for DoE. They don't glow, so I guess it's safe.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 4:05:45 PM EDT
Fuck Yea I would.


I get more solar radiation due to altitude than anyone at sea level can get licking the cooling towers at 3 mile island...


... There are more uranium mines and tailing piles than anywhere else in the country here...


I'm glowing in the dark anyways...


Link Posted: 3/29/2009 4:09:57 PM EDT
Just spent the last 3 years travelling half way around the world on a CVN carrier with 2 reactors and my dick hasn't fallen off.

AFAIC, no difference with a shore based reactor.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 4:19:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By LARRYG:
Originally Posted By echofivekilo:
Originally Posted By JCKnife:
That is one lopsided poll!


I voted no.



Why?


Recently I had a service call to go repair some heavy equipment at a site where they were burying nuclear waste. It just gave me the creeps: scanning myself on the way out and the geiger counter beeping when I passed it over the dirt on my clothes. Also one of the workers telling me about some guy that had worked out there for years whos face looked all messed up.

I'm sure working in the plant itself is totally different and totally safe but, that one experience working at a nuclear facility is why I voted 'no.'

Link Posted: 3/29/2009 4:21:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By echofivekilo:
Originally Posted By LARRYG:
Originally Posted By echofivekilo:
Originally Posted By JCKnife:
That is one lopsided poll!


I voted no.



Why?


Recently I had a service call to go repair some heavy equipment at a site where they were burying nuclear waste. It just gave me the creeps: scanning myself on the way out and the geiger counter beeping when I passed it over the dirt on my clothes. Also one of the workers telling me about some guy that had worked out there for years whos face looked all messed up.

I'm sure working in the plant itself is totally different and totally safe but, that one experience working at a nuclear facility is why I voted 'no.'



Wuss!
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 4:29:09 PM EDT
Absofuckinglutely.

I guarantee you it's safer than working on a ship and I've done a bit of that.
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