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1 Great Lakes Nuclear Consortium Online Career Fair March 24, 2009

2 The Center for Energy Workforce Development Mission: Build the alliances, processes, and tools to develop tomorrow’s energy workforce. First partnership between utilities and their associations – Edison Electric Institute, American Gas Association, Nuclear Energy Institute and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to focus solely on these issues Incorporated in March, 2006 Utilities and associations join as members Partnering with educational institutions, workforce system, and unions to create workable solutions

3 Today’s Agenda  State of Nuclear Energy in the U.S. – Elizabeth McAndrews-Benavides  Types of careers available  Skilled craft  Engineer  Benefits available  Hiring process  Testing/qualification requirements  Participating companies  Constellation Energy – Doug Cantlay  Dominion – Jim Hale  DTE Energy – Laurie Washington  Exelon – Dee Torres  First Energy – Dan Culliton  Questions & Answers

4 Housekeeping Put phone on Mute during presentations Enlarge screen – go to View, click on Full Screen Ask questions through the webinar – type in the box labeled “Questions”

5 Career Opportunities in the Nuclear Power Industry Elizabeth McAndrew-Benavides Manager, Industry Infrastructure 2009

6 Overview Nuclear Overview Clean Green Nuclear Power Public Support What is a Nuclear Career Benefits of Working in Nuclear Power Young Professional Support Current Opportunities

7 Nuclear Overview In the USA, – Nuclear energy produces 20% of the electricity – 104 operating nuclear power plants – 17 companies have submitted license request to build up to 34 new units Around the world, – 436 operating nuclear power plants – 44 nuclear plants under construction in 14 countries Nuclear Power is Safe, Secure and Reliable!

8 U.S. Electricity Sources Which Do Not Emit Greenhouse Gases 2007* * Preliminary Source: Ventyx Velocity Suite / Energy Information Administration Updated: 4/08

9 Growing Public Support For More Nuclear Energy Agree to renew licenses of existing plants 85% Keep the option to build nuclear plants 82% Definitely build nuclear plants in future 69% Accept new reactors at nearest plant 70% Favor use of nuclear energy 74% Source: Bisconti Research Inc./GfK, September 2008, 1,000 U.S. adults

10 Nuclear Power Career Benefits Salary – Mechanical Technician - $66,500/yr – Electrical Technician - $67,500/yr – I&C Technician - $72,300/yr – Radiation Protection Technician - $69,000/yr – Non-licensed Operators - $70,800/yr Benefits – Medical, Dental, 401Ks, Pensions, Educational Reimbursement and Maternity Leave are common Training – All employees have access to company based technical training to increase the knowledge and skills of the employees – Extensive training is delivered to all employees before being fully qualified

11 North American – Young Generation in Nuclear – 67 local chapters – International Leadership Opportunities ANS Student Chapters – Annual Student Conference – Promotes Technical Education Young Professionals

12 Ageing Workforce License Renewal New Nuclear Current Opportunities Equals Opportunities for You!

13 Job Opportunities Skilled Craft Positions – Technicians Electrical Mechanical Instrument & Control Chemistry Radiation Protection Welders – Operators

14 Job Opportunities Nuclear Quality Assurance (QA) Management Security Engineering – Nuclear – Power – Electrical – Civil – Mechanical

15 Benefits Healthcare & Insurance – Medical – Dental – Vision – Group Life – STD & LTD – Flexible Spending – Comprehensive Wellness Programs – Employee Assistance Program (mental health) Financial – Pension – Employee Savings Plan – 401(k) Other – Growth Potential and Opportunity for Advancement – Time-Off Programs and Flexible Schedules

16 Hiring Process Opportunities are posted on the company’s website by job title and location Follow the links and apply Skill Testing (for some positions) Selected for On-Site Interview – Competency-based interviews Hiring Decision Job Acceptance / Pre-Employment – Background Check for Security Clearance – No felony convictions – Drug Test Establish Start Date

17 Skill Testing Pre-employment – Math – Reading comprehension – Mechanical aptitude Post employment – Qualifications Improve skill levels Maintain currency on skills

18 Participating Companies Constellation Energy Dominion DTE Energy Exelon First Energy

19 Constellation Energy Constellation is a major generator of electricity with a diversified fleet of power plants strategically located throughout the US A FORTUNE 500 energy company headquartered in Baltimore, MD Constellation owns more than 9,000 megawatts of capacity in seven states, generating nearly 52 million mega-watt hours annually We are among the most productive and reliable nuclear fleets in the United States setting records for productivity For more information, go to

20 Dominion Based in Richmond, VA Electric/gas customers in 12 states Corporate citizenship….11 th best by Corporate Responsibility magazine In top 5 on Fortune’s List of Most Admired Gas & Electric Utilities For more information, go to

21 Owner of 4 Nuclear Stations Kewaunee in Wisconsin, Millstone in Connecticut and Surry and North Anna in Virginia

22 DTE Energy DTE Energy is a diversified energy company involved in developing and managing energy-related businesses and services nationwide. With 10,500 employees and revenue of nearly $9 billion, DTE Energy’s largest operating subsidiaries are Detroit Edison (electric) and Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. (MichCon) Detroit Edison currently operates the 1.1 million-kilowatt Fermi 2 nuclear power plant in Newport, MI – Fermi 2 accounts for about 30% of Michigan's total nuclear generation capacity. – The 1,250-acre facility employs about 900 workers and produces about 15% of the power generated by Detroit Edison power plants. For more information, go to

23 Exelon One of the largest retail electric companies in the United States Largest and most efficient nuclear fleet in the United States – Ten stations with a total of 17 reactors located in Illinois, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, produces energy for 17 million homes. – 20% of U.S. nuclear industry’s power capacity 17,200 total employee base – 8,500 employees in nuclear For more information, go to

24 First Energy Fifth largest investor owned electric system in the United States 4.5 Million Customers Headquartered In Akron Ohio 14,000 Megawatts of Capacity – Three nuclear stations with a total of 4 reactors located in Ohio and Pennsylvania – 16 Generating Plants on fossil fuels 14,000 total employee base – 4,600 employees in generation – both nuclear and fossil For more information, go to

25 Summary Skills learned in your associate degree program are transferrable to: – Other nuclear power plants – Contractors that provide labor during outages – Non-nuclear generating plants (wind, hydro, coal, gas- fired) All company have online application systems Interviews are competency-based where examples of past experiences are predictive of future success Background checks and drug tests are conducted – No felony convictions – Random drug testing – Psychological testing Companies conduct pre-employment testing prior to interviews – Practice tests are available on the companies’ websites

26 Questions

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