By - Jon Brown

Nuclear Power Plant Operations
February 19-20, 2020 | Atlanta, GA



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The nuclear power plant (NPP) operations course provides attendees with a clear understanding of how these powerful plants function and produce electricity. The course describes how plants are built, how a nuclear startup is conducted, and how the plant is taken from cold iron to 100-percent power. Plant staffing and full power operations will be addressed including boration/dilution, fuel rods, and electrical load. Functions of components of the balance-of-plant (outside of the nuclear island) will be described (turbines, generators, and cooling systems). The inherent stability and safety systems of nuclear plants will be covered in detail. Procedures for conducting a refueling outage and discussion of major outage tasks, including refueling, CEA changeouts, component rebuilds, and surveillance testing will be conducted. Participants will complete the course with full comprehension of and appreciation for the functions of the NPP and the production of electricity in the nuclear environment.

Topics include:

  • The fission process, plant startups, and how reactors work
  • How plants are staffed and what positions are required in a nuclear plant
  • Thermal cycle, heat transfer, and the components of a nuclear plant
  • How electricity is produced in a nuclear power plant
  • The intricacies of plant safety systems
  • What is required in managing refuel outages and how nuclear fuel reloads are accomplished

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe how fission is accomplished and the basics of how a nuclear reactor produces energy
  • Explain the three loops in a nuclear plant
  • Examine the staffing and personnel assignments required in a nuclear plant
  • Discuss the thermal cycle and describe heat transfer and fluid flow
  • Identify the major components of a nuclear power plant including generators, turbines, and cooling systems
  • Discuss normal nuclear power plant operations and compare the variations in startup, steady-state operations, and shutdowns
  • Examine nuclear power plant safety systems and the concepts of redundancy and defense-in-depth
  • Describe the requirements associated with a refuel outage and nuclear fuel reload



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations and classroom discussions will be used in this course.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: Course Introduction

  • Fission process
  • Reactor coolant system (RCS) explanation
    • Reactor Core and associated Loops
    • Secondary plant
    • Heat rejection methods
  • Plant staffing
  • Technical specifications
    • Why they exist
    • Basic rules of use
  • Procedures and their hierarchy

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Thermal Cycle

  • Basic heat transfer and fluid flow
    • Latent heat
  • Major systems within a nuclear plant
    • RCS
    • Steam generators and their support systems
    • Main turbine
    • Main generator
    • Chemical Volume Control
    • Cooling systems                         

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Plant Safety Systems

  • Interrelationships
  • Redundancy
  • Accident conditions
    • High/low pressure injection
    • Containment spray
    • Recirculation actuations
    • Auxiliary feedwater
    • Emergency diesel generators
    • Ventilations systems

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Normal Plant Operations

  • Plant startup
  • Steady-state operations
  • Plant shutdown

5:00 p.m. :: Day 1 Wrap-Up

Thursday, February 20, 2020

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Refueling Outage

  • Cooldown/depressurization
  • Destock
  • Mode 6 and defueled
  • Offload

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:30– 11:45 a.m. :: Reload

  • Restack
  • RCS fill/vent
  • Heat-up
  • Mode changes
  • Major outage work/testing

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Wrap-Up, Assessment, and Conclusion


Mr. Ronald L. York, Nuclear Industry Consultant

Mr. York has more than 35 years of experience in the commercial nuclear power industry. Ron began his career as a naval submarine reactor operator, followed by several years of building submarines at Electric Boat. He began working in the commercial nuclear industry as a cold licensed senior reactor operator (SRO) at Waterford 3 outside New Orleans shortly after the Three Mile Island event. Ron served in many capacities with Entergy and six other nuclear power companies. During his career, besides holding an active NRC SRO license until 1990, he held multiple SRO certifications and worked at both Combustion Engineering (CE) and Westinghouse sites. Ron has been a control room supervisor, refueling supervisor, outage and containment coordinator, emergency plan writer /drill controller, and operations procedure writer. He was INPO certified as a Simulator and Classroom Operations Instructor and has written numerous operation and management training curricula, and presented lectures and simulator training in nuclear power plant operations for initial licensed operator candidates, requalification training for licensed and senior licensed operators, Shift Technical Advisors (STAs), senior management, and has written and administrated NRC initial and requalification exams.


Hyatt Centric Midtown Atlanta

125 10th St NE

Atlanta, GA 30309

Reserve your room:

please call 1-404-443-1234

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of February 18 – 20, 2020

Room rate through EUCI:

$209.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to January 18, 2020.



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