By - Jon Brown

Nuclear Power Plant Operations
April 24-25, 2018 | Washington, DC

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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 andbe in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 12.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Delivery Methood: Group-Live
Advanced Preperation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.

Instructional Methods

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


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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

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

  • Fission process
  • Three loops explanation
    • Reactor coolant system (RCS)
    • 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
    • Psat/Tsat
    • Latent heat
  • Major systems within a nuclear plant
    • RCS
    • Steam generators
    • Main turbine
    • Main generator
    • Volume control
    • Cooling systems                         

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Normal Plant Operations

  • Plant startup
  • Steady-state operations
  • Plant shutdown

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Plant Safety Systems

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

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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

8:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: Refueling Outage

  • Cooldown/depressurization
  • Destack
  • 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


Burton A. Grabo, Nuclear Industry Consultant

Mr. Grabo has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear power industry and began his career as a lead instructor and senior mechanical trainer in the nuclear Navy. He began working in the commercial nuclear industry as a reactor operator and radiation protection worker with Arkansas Nuclear One. Burt has served in many capacities with the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS), including as Lead Senior Instructor and Section Leader for Nuclear Training, Nuclear Regulatory Affairs Section Leader, and Nuclear Assurance Operations Section Leader. He also created the maintenance intern program at PVNGS and served as the special project manager for the Nuclear Fuel Management department.  During his career, Burt has held reactor and senior reactor operator licenses (including fuel handling) and has written numerous training curricula and presented lectures in nuclear power plant operations. Mr. Grabo holds a bachelor of arts degree from Ottawa University and completed nuclear engineering training at Memphis and Arizona State Universities.


Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP, Washington DC
1111 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20004

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