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.