Westinghouse has provided refueling training services for pressurized water reactor plants at its Waltz Mill site in Madison, Pennsylvania (USA), for more than 20 years. This training, conducted in the site’s D-bay, is intended for refueling senior reactor operators, fuel/insert movement technicians, site refueling coordinators and fuel equipment engineers. All of the training programs combine formal classroom instruction with hands-on lab exercises to maximize student learning and skills development. The refueling training facility at the Waltz Mill site includes a complete and fully operational array of actual refueling equipment identical to that found in a typical reactor containment structure.
Personnel working on the fuel transfer tube
Fuel transfer system
Operator participating in manipulator crane training
Westinghouse refueling training consists of classroom presentations on actual Westinghouse plant refueling equipment followed by hands-on operation of that equipment under dry, non-contaminated conditions.
The equipment used for the hands-on training and evaluation includes the following:
The level of training can be tailored to the customer’s needs or requirements. Westinghouse personnel can conduct in-depth training and performance evaluations to ensure student proficiency. Conversely, Westinghouse personnel can provide familiarization training and allow the customer to conduct performance evaluations under their own cognizance.
Well-trained employees can make the difference between success and failure. The Westinghouse Waltz Mill D-bay facility allows training to go beyond the classroom. Students can apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom to operate a fully functional fuel-handling system. Student proficiency can be evaluated to verify that each has gained the requisite skills and knowledge. Additionally, the evaluation can be extended to include safety precautions, radiological precautions and human performance tools.
Westinghouse offers the following refueling and outage services (ROS) training:
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