>> Nucleargraduates Receive Technical Training at TAMU
Nucleargraduates Receive Technical Training at TAMU
February 7, 2012
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
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.