Thursday, December 10, 2009

Nuke news

Financial Times today has an article on how Westinghouse and its French competitor Areva are awating word one of the bigger contracts in the pipeline for new power plants in the UK.   Print edition has a cutout with the last line: 'Westinghouse said it was “planning for success” and working to build a supply chain in the UK.'


Blogger joe said...

I heard of an octogenarian nuclear engineer in my neighborhood who was recruited by Westinghouse to come back and work part-time with younger engineers.

Alas, I think he didn't have the energy for it.

Where have all the new nuclear engineers been trained in recent decades (internationally?)

Thursday, December 10, 2009 11:00:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Now that is interesting.. Really in his 80's?

Not the biggest of industries/occupations anywhere.. that and even for the most mobile of folks... picking up and moving overseas is not a routine thing. But a good question.

Friday, December 11, 2009 5:59:00 AM  
Blogger n'at said...

One could say the same for rail and steel. Each is being discussed locally and at the federal level as capital investment and paradigm shifts in transportation. In our region, all of these professionals are gone. It is very much a condition of use it or lose it. If there is no market to sustain it, then companies dry up, experience leaves and educational institutions change to meet demands in other fields.

In the U.S. much of our younger folks working in the nuclear field are educated in other disciplines: mechanical, civil, industrial engineering. They work under engineers who are either native born, or foreign, but have worked outside the U.S. Working outside the U.S. is a necessity, because that is where the work has been for a generation or more.

Friday, December 11, 2009 8:17:00 AM  

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