Going nuclear in the oilpatch

The state of Texas has launched an initiative to build a professional workforce to staff and run a suite of six new nuclear plants. They expect to recruit 2000 graduates over 10 years from the A&M schools as well as community colleges. This is a great example of how the state, private industry and public education will reach out to re-tool aging industries, like the oil and gas industry, which was once the world’s leading exporter of its product.

This will create significant know-how within the Texas nuclear community, as students are steered toward this effort. It will also create the need to keep in touch with these precious young guns, as they progress through their major… These young people are betting their future on the health of the government initiative, and will need nurturing from the industry…

Recent reports show that in the three major states where nuclear plants are planned to be built, that student recruitment is in full force. Graduates entering nuclear engineering are receiving 10K signing bonuses, and 60K annual salaries for their first year out of undergrad. For this industry, the only alternative is rehiring recent retirees. And the beautiful situation emerges for these graduates, who are lured with agressive recruitment that seems to come straight to them.

For talent in this energy industry, they can expect that the hungriest employers will literally find them…

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About stefan bund

Founder of Next Acropolis. MS in Information Systems and Technology, Claremont Graduate University... Background in software engineering and teaching.
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