Nuclear Power Plant Operations

Nuclear Power Plant Operations

April 6-7, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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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 1.0 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in 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.


Tuesday, April 6, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

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

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                         

Plant Safety Systems

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

Normal Plant Operations

  • Plant startup
  • Steady-state operations
  • Plant shutdown

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

Refueling Outage

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


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


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.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

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