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Exelon believes in hiring men and women who've served in the military: they exemplify the leadership, teamwork, integrity, and commitment to excellence we need. Exelon attends military recruiting fairs with members of E-MAC (Exelon - Militaries Actively Connected), our employee resource group that supports veteran employees. We advertise in military publications, and partner with Transition Assistance Program (TAP) offices.
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As a Senior Training Instructor and Supervisor Training Coordinator at Exelon's Braidwood Nuclear Generating station, my day-to-day duties range from delivering classroom training for supervisors to hands-on lab training for electricians. I am responsible for not only developing the training materials to provide state-of-the-art training to nuclear professionals who are responsible for working on some of the most critical pieces of equipment in our facility, but I also have to monitor each individual's performance in the plant to help determine their needs and gauge the effectiveness of the training we provide. These duties vary significantly -- from being a supervisor in the field during our refueling outages, to providing mentorship to new supervisors, and even benchmarking other companies and industries to find ways to improve our own processes and systems at Exelon. Continuously evaluating our programs for areas to improve is the best part of my job with Exelon. In the nuclear community, we are always striving for excellence and this aspect is extremely fulfilling as we are always developing better ways to do things.
There are three pieces of advice that I provide everyone I speak with regarding military transition. First is to never be afraid to take a step down in order to take a leap forward. Someone once told me near my transition into the civilian sector that the Army wouldn't enlist a CEO into the ranks of a General simply because of his/her past accomplishments, and the saying is true regarding a General into the role of a CEO. We must be honest with ourselves when planning our career transition. Many times veterans shut doors of opportunity because it isn't the exact job or level they were looking for.
Second, you are never too old or too busy to use your education benefits. Use everything you can while you are in and prior to exiting the military, as this will make it easier to continue your education when you transition out. If you don't set it as a priority now it will be even more difficult years down the road.
And lastly, the power of networking cannot be overlooked. The civilian job market is not as defined as the chain of command in the military. Developing a strong personal and professional network will pay dividends in not only your career search, but also your career path once you land that perfect job. Get out there and make a strong network!
As a new employee, my priority is to become qualified as a Design Engineer. A common, initial training plan for all sub-departments within engineering takes about a year to complete. Many of these courses were familiar to me from my Naval Nuclear Engineer training, but with emphasis on the particulars of a privately run, civilian power generation station. Along with that qualification track are my design qualifications, where I will be responsible for maintaining the plant's design basis (licensed configuration) when modifications need to be installed on the various systems. My role is to manage the configuration change in such a manner that, when installed, it performs its intended function and meets the standards of our license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), or to seek approval from them should a design change deviate from the license. Overall, the goal is to produce a quality engineering document that always ensures the safety of the public, while improving the performance of the nuclear power plant. Procedural compliance, attention to detail and a forceful questioning attitude, among other qualities, are absolutely required for this career. It is very challenging to dive deep into a problem to verify with complete certainty that you have eliminated or mitigated any potential risks to the modification, but I work with industry experts that have decades of experience in the nuclear power industry.
I am in a unique situation, as my wife is still active duty, so the financial pressure some may feel wasn't there for me. However, if you know you're separating from the service, you must have a plan for where you want to go and what you want to do. Be wise about your leave. If there is a job conference you want to go to, take leave for it, and the same goes for interviews. Don't wait until you are on terminal leave to pack in your job search, be proactive. If you get push-back from your command, just remember there is a DD-214 waiting for you at the end. It's alright to be a bit selfish, you've earned it.