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Nucleargraduates Receive Technical Training at TAMU

February 7, 2012

    Nucleargraduates has been networking with Texas A&MUniversity for over two years now through the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation's (IFNEC, formerly the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership) six-monthly Infrastructure Development Working Group. In December 2010, nucleargraduates began discussions with TAMU about collaboration for training.


    This February, NPI hosted a two-week training program for a group of students from the UK. This training zone was a mix of technical and behavioral training. The technical training was focused on power generation and systems engineering while the behavioral training will focus on a range of competencies such as team work, communications, organizational awareness and leadership. The training will increase technical knowledge of reactor technology from
    across the UK and globally. The graduates gained operational experience by running a nuclear reactor. It provided them with far greater understanding of the complications of power generation and the challenges the industry is faced with day-to-day.


    Graduates visited the South Texas Project, home to two PWRs and the construction site of two Toshiba ABWRs. South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company has turned ground for two new Advance Boiling Water Reactor units of Toshiba design.

    Dr. John Poston, a professor at TAMU, is world renowned for his work in radiological protection.  He shared his expertise with the graduates and focused in particular on radiological protection at a technical and operational level.  He also incorporated safety and prevention with regard to radiological hazards. 


    A full day of activities were allocated to Disaster City, a world class emergency response training facility based on the TAMU campus. Nucleargraduates visited the Emergency Operations Training Centre, simulating an emergency response command center, where the graduates managed a scenario in real time with expert trainers facilitating the session.