Nuclear Power Plant Fundamentals

Nuclear Power Plant Fundamentals

August 23-24, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

“I learned a lot of new things I had never learned from other classes.” – CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

“He was an excellent speaker and covered a lot of material…I liked that he paused and encouraged question and included stories and examples.” – CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

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:

  • Why Nuclear power for energy
  • The fission process, plant startups, and how reactors work
  • Thermal cycle, heat transfer, and the components of a nuclear plant
  • How electricity is produced in a nuclear power plant
  • The purpose and functions of plant safety systems
  • How plants are staffed and what positions are required in a nuclear plant
  • What rules nuclear must follow, i.e. Technical Specifications and 10 CFR
  • What is required in managing refuel outages and how nuclear fuel reloads are accomplished
  • How Spent Fuel Storage works and its safety
  • Intro to Future Reactors and SMRs

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe how fission is accomplished and the basics of how a nuclear reactor produces energy
  • Identify the different Reactor types – Pressurized vs. Boiling designs
  • Describe the basics of how a nuclear reactor produces energy
  • Explain the three separate 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 in a Reactor
  • Identify the major Secondary components of a nuclear power plant including generators, turbines, and their cooling systems
  • Discuss normal nuclear power plant operations and 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


Tuesday, August 23, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing


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

  • Why nuclear
  • Different reactor types
  • Fission process and nuclear theory
  • Technical specifications
    • Why they exist
    • Basic rules of use
  • Plant staffing
  • Procedures and their hierarchy

10:00– 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Nuclear Thermal Cycle and Heat Transfer Systems

  • Basic reactor heat transfer and fluid flow
    • Psat/Tsat terms and application
    • Specific and latent heats
  • Major systems within a nuclear plant
    • RCS
    • Steam generators
    • Main turbine and generator
    • Steam and feed systems
    • Chemical volume control
    • Cooling systems

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

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

  • Interrelationships and redundancy
  • Accident conditions and assumed doses
  • High/low pressure injection
  • Containment spray
  • Recirculation actuations effect on safety systems
  • Auxiliary feedwater
  • Emergency diesel generators
  • AC and DC power systems
  • Containment design
  • Plant protection system

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

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

  • Plant startup
  • Stead-state operations
  • Plant shutdown

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


Wednesday, August 24, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Timing


 9:00– 11:15 a.m. :: Review Day 1 and Discuss Refueling Outage

  • Cooldown/depressurization to enter Mode 6
  • Destack the reactor vessel
  • Core defuel and offload

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. :: Morning Break

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. :: Core Reload

  • Restack
  • RCS fill/vent
  • Heat-up
  • Mode changes
  • Major outage work/testing
  • Dry spent fuel storage

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

2:00 – 3:45 p.m. :: Future Modern Reactors

  • Future reactors
  • New fuels

3:45 – 4:00 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.

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 attendees for 7 days after the event


Nuclear Power Plant Fundamentals

August 23-24, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1295.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 5,180.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 9,065.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 15,540.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before July 22, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800



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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.

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

Course CPE Credits: 14.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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