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Energy Northwest Training Specialist III-Ops Exam Author in Richland, Washington

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Facility Author of regulatory required initial and requalification NRC written and operating exam material. Through mastery of skills and extensive subject matter knowledge, conducts the analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation of Columbia Generating Station (CGS) licensed operations training programs in accordance with the CGS Systematic Approach to Training model and applicable plant procedures. Drives station and personnel performance improvement through the use of training. Assures training programs comply with all regulatory requirements and support continued accreditation by the National Academy of Nuclear Training. Maintains knowledge of plant operations, disciplinary skills and techniques, commensurate with the responsibility to develop and conduct effective, high quality training.


1.Prepare and administer NRC written and operating exams for initial and requalification programs

•Prepare/Create/Administer and Document Initial Operating tests within NUREG 1021 established guidance.

•Prepare/Create/Administer/Grade and Document Site Specific Written Exam within NUREG 1021 established guidance.

•Development/Administration and Evaluation of Operator Requalification Written/ Walk Through and Dynamic Simulator Examinations within established NUREG 1021 guidance.

2.Implement Operations Training Programs by:

•Providing technical instruction utilizing approved training materials and applying appropriate learning strategies in classroom, plant, and simulator training settings.

•Administering written tests to measure achievement of training lesson learning objectives.

•Preparing and transmitting auditable training records to designed records repository in a timely manner.

•Ensuring line organization training needs are met and records of training and qualification are available to line management/supervision as a guide to assign work.

•Establishing instructor credibility and integrity by responding both verbally and nonverbally to trainee feedback and needs using tools such as questions, body language, etc. Adapting to the needs of the group, the individual, the training content and setting, demonstrating empathy and understanding.

•Using communication strategy that maximizes learner understanding and accomplishment of the skills and knowledge being taught.

•Demonstrating effective presentation skills that include good organization of content, appropriate use of verbal and body language, gestures, movement, eye contact, and use of time.

•Demonstrating competence in presenting instruction using a variety of instructional methods including lecture, facilitated group activities and discussion, individual activities, group practice, demonstrations hands-on, on-the-job and simulator.

•Determining the extent to which learners have achieved stated learning objectives and identify unexpected outcomes both positive and negative, which have resulted from learner participation.

•Assessing learner participation in activities and discussion; monitoring learner performance during practice activities, discussion and exercises and assessing final performance at the end of instruction.

3.Develop and Maintain Operations Training programs by:

•Performing needs analysis, job analysis, and task analysis to determine the basis for training.

•Designing and developing new training materials based on the results of analysis to assure training program content meets participants’ needs.

•Revising training programs to maintain instructional and technical accuracy based on participants’ feedback, incumbents’ performance, changes to industry standards, modifications to plant procedures, plant design changes, and instructional experience.

•Ensuring training programs comply with applicable requirements, have correct technical content, and meet participant needs.

•Reviewing, interpreting, and integrating applicable regulations, INPO Training Guidelines, licensing requirements, FSAR commitments, and corporate policies/directives into applicable training programs.

•Performing instructional and technical reviews of new and revised training materials.

•Synthesizing information from analysis to establish the basis for learning objectives, test items, lesson and program design.

•Analyzing data from review by technical and instructional experts to determine appropriate revisions or modifications to the instruction to ensure problems are remedied.

4.Perform Simulator Instructor duties by:

•Accurately evaluating the performance and effectiveness of the crew and the individual through observation and review of documented activities.

•Providing total task accomplishment through concern for all areas involved no matter how small; orientation to attend to and skill in accurately monitoring the performance and effectiveness of crew and equipment through the attention to detail and the review of documented activities in the simulator.

•Possessing and using effective interpersonal teamwork and diagnostic skills to contribute effectively as a member of the instruction/evaluation simulator team during both normal and abnormal simulated plant conditions.

•Demonstrating and promoting effective communications, using both verbal and nonverbal methods.

•Communicating different leadership styles and team interactions and adjusting actions to work effectively with these differences.

5.Oversee the Operations Training Programs by:

•Monitoring the physical condition of program training materials to ensure they are current and technically correct.

•Identifying, implementing, and directing changes to task lists, training matrices, training program descriptions, course catalogs, and training materials.

•Observing and evaluating the effectiveness of training and training related activities, conducted by other section training specialists.

•Advising Training and line management of the need for training program adjustments and improvements.

•Assessing training program industry alignment by benchmarking programs with other utilities.

•Comparing training programs to industry standards, guidelines, and regulations and formulating actions to maintain high program quality and effectiveness.

•Collaborating with line management and supervision to schedule and conduct training.

•Assisting management to ensure training programs continually meet training accreditation objectives and criteria and are implemented in an efficient and effective manner.

•Interacting with training supervisors, managers, plant supervisors and managers, other training personnel, subject matter experts, and job incumbents demonstrating the ability to understand, empathize, and remember in situations such as interviews for analysis or evaluation, instructional sessions, and meetings or committees.

•Preparing written information in an established format and style that clearly communicates to other training and plant personnel for documents such as lesson materials, test items, course descriptions, program descriptions, and reports to management on training initiatives.

•Developing individual work plans that allow time to be used effectively and efficiently to accomplish many work activities in a specified time period. Maximize use of time and ensure consideration of dependent and independent work tasks support personnel responsibilities and critical path.

6.Maintain minimum instructional and technical qualifications for the position by:

•Attending seminars, professional meetings, and industry training workshops.

•Attending or being exempted from attending initial instructional skills training.

•Attending required Instructor Skills Continuing Training.

•Participating in structured in-plant activities to keep current with technical issues.

•Assisting management to ensure training programs are kept current with line organization changes and current industry technical developments.

•Assessing personal skills and abilities to make decisions on how to effectively and efficiently accomplish work tasks and Energy Northwest business methods.

•Understanding how individual actions and decisions can positively and negatively affect the ability of the total organization to meet its requirements to regulatory agencies and to the public.

7.Assisting training management to set department and division policy and direction by:

•Assisting in the coaching and development of less senior training specialists.

•Recommending changes to the Training Procedures based on operating experience and interpretation of technical, regulatory, and industry requirements.

•Providing fiscal budget information for the formulation of department training budget.

•Assisting management to ensure efficient and cost effective Nuclear Training Division operation.

•Determining which performance problems are most effectively solved by providing training and those best solved with other solutions.

•Communicating according to training procedures, INPO and NRC requirements, the management system for all components of the training provided for qualification of trainees on specified tasks to those responsible for implementation and monitoring of the training program and assignment of tasks to qualified job incumbents.

•Developing a project plan for projects of all scopes that identifies personnel and other resources required, a schedule for completion, milestones, and means of monitoring the effort. Using the plan to monitor project progress and report to management accomplishments, barriers and constraints, and needed assistance.

• Assessing and evaluating the delivery techniques of other instructors to ensure the instructor demonstrates the instructional skills, content knowledge, presentation skills, and personal qualities to perform the job.

• Preparing written information for management and supervision that clearly states the organization’s responses to regulatory or industry such as INPO SERs, NRC NOVs, internal audits, etc.


Requires a Bachelor’s of Science in a technical field from an accredited college or university AND an RO/SRO license/certification AND four years of experience in the operation or operations training of a commercial or Naval nuclear power plant


Requires a high school diploma/GED and a RO/SRO license/certification AND eight years of experience in the operation or operations training department of a commercial or Naval nuclear power plant.

Certified Nuclear Navy Instructor experience (such as time served teaching at Navy Nuclear Prototype), and qualifications (Engineering Watch Supervisor and Engineering Officer of the Watch) will be considered in lieu of RO/SRO license/certification.

Pay Range:

Specialist III Salary

$108,279 - $162,419

Midpoint: $135,349

Typically, selected candidates are hired between the minimum and midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience and qualifications, market rate, internal equity, and budgetary allowances.

Offers will be negotiated based on each candidate's qualifications.

Incentive Compensation

This role is eligible to participate in our annual incentive plan. Incentives are earned based on employee performance against defined metrics and company goals.


Energy Northwest (EN) offers a highly competitive and substantial benefits package which allows qualifying employees (and their families) to enroll in medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance. Other voluntary benefits may include flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, supplemental life insurances, credit monitoring, and identity theft insurance. EN offers three retirement programs to qualifying employees including a matching 401(k) deferred compensation plan, the Washington State Pension Plan (PERS), and a 457(b) savings plan. Qualifying employees will also accrue 160 hours of personal time per year and nine paid holidays throughout the calendar year.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate due to race, color, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, national origin, veteran status or on the basis of disability.

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As a regional leader in clean energy generation and public power solutions, Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including hydro, solar, battery storage and wind projects – and the Northwest’s only nuclear power facility. Energy Northwest is a Washington state joint operating agency comprised of 27 public power member utilities, serving more than 1.5 million customers. The agency continually explores new generation projects and solutions to meet its members’ needs.