Energy Center (IPEC) in Buchanan,NY. Owned and operated by theEntergy Corporation (www.entergy.com), IPEC’s two operating nuclearunits generate more than 2,000megawatts at 98% capacity – oneo the highest rates in the industry.At ull strength, the units generateenough electricity to supply powerto homes, businesses, hospitals,and other critical inrastructure inNew York City’s fve boroughs andWestchester County.
OVIDIO RAMIREZ, ELECTRICALSYSTEMS ENGINEER, ENTERGY
One o the engineers responsibleto maintain the operationalsuccess at IPEC is OvidioRamirez. An electrical systemsengineer at the acility, Ramirezis involved in reactor protectionand control, which addresses allthe instrumentation and controlsystems that regulate power inthe reactor. Ramirez handles theanalysis, design, management, andimplementation o modifcations tothose systems, identiying potentialissues beore they escalate.“The object here is to be proactivewith addressing the monitoringtools used to watch anythinginvolving the core,” says Ramirez.“Once you see any sort odegrading trend, we look to startsome sort o troubleshootinginstance, or i not, some solution toeliminate those degrading trends.”Ramirez’s decision to pursue acareer in nuclear energy cameabout during his senior year atManhattan College. Focused onelectrical engineering, Ramirezbegan looking or jobs at electriccompanies such as Con Edison.However, his plans changed aterspeaking with representatives oEntergy at a school career air.“When you’re in the electricalengineering feld, it becomessecond nature to build or analyzecircuits,” explains Ramirez. “Here,a lot o the troubleshootinginvolves a similar analysis ocircuits,” explains Ramirez. “Here,a lot o the troubleshootinginvolves a similar analysis ocircuits to fgure out what theissues can possibly be. So, I’m ableto use my particular background incircuit analysis I learned in collegewhen coming up with a solution toaddress a particular issue involvingcircuitry here at the plant.”I you look to break into the nuclearenergy feld, Ramirez notes it isimportant to take engineeringcourses related to general powerand power transmission. A stronggeneral background gives you animmediate advantage since manyengineers begin working on thosetypes o systems frst, instead omore involved circuitry work.As ar as sot skills training, publicspeaking is high atop Ramirez’slist. “You’re required to speak tohiring bosses and in ront o largegroups o people to give statuseson what you’re working on,” heremarks. “I there’s an issue, you’reresponsible to clearly presentwhat that situation is and makerecommendations on a solution.And, you’re going to have to dealwith various departments to makesure they understand how toimplement your solution. So, youneed to eel comortable speakingwith everyone to keep thingsmoving and to make sure youclearly get your points across.”
THERESA MOTKO, ELECTRICALENGINEER, ENTERGY
Theresa Motko agrees onthe importance o strongcommunications skills – giventhe benefts she ound by takingproessional development classesin college where she practicedpublic speaking and presentations.A colleague o Ramirez’s at IPEC,Motko maintains the reliability othe instrumentation and saetysystems that regulate power inthe reactor. Much like Ramirez,Motko’s entry into the feld cameabout ater hearing others speakpositively about the proession.Motko attended Sacred HeartAcademy in Hempstead, NY – ahigh school ocused predominantlyon liberal arts, medicine, and law.However, during her senior year, an
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