Friday, August 1, 2014

Job posting: chemistry technician, Brownsville, NE

The major responsibility is to monitor and maintain the following as specified in the individual employee training plan: Liquid and gaseous plant effluents, water quality in all plant systems, corrosion controls, biomonitoring, liquid radioactive waste processing, decontamination, environmental controls, personnel safety, and radiation and contamination surveys thus protecting plant systems, the general public and meeting regulatory requirements. 
This position will require shift rotation work. 
This position requires respiratory protection qualifications including the donning of SCBA. 
During your employment, you may be assigned to positions within the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) that require response to the station when an emergency is declared. If you are assigned to one of these positions, a condition of continued employment will be your ability to arrive at the station to perform ERO responsibilities within 45 minutes of notification of an emergency.
Sounds interesting. Pays $25.69 to $37.05 hour (depending on experience).

It seems to me that there's some job security/stability in working at nuclear power plants whose owners plan to continue to operate? (I sense that a lot of these plants are facing decommissioning in the future?)

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  1. "a condition of continued employment will be your ability to arrive at the station to perform ERO responsibilities within 45 minutes of notification of an emergency."

    Seems like many of the industry folks I know who took jobs in the middle of nowhere saddled themselves with hour-plus commutes in order to live in the nearest bubble of suburbia - God forbid little Johnny might make friends with working-class peoples' kids. Looks like whoever takes this will actually have to live in Brownsville, Nebraska!

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    1. Nebraska City (a small city) is pretty close to the plant (about 30 min drive) so that's not entirely true.

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    2. Since when does Nebraska City qualify as a small city? Omaha & Lincoln might be a very small cities if you have low standards, but not Nebraska City.... (I'd probably call Omaha and Lincoln towns).

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  2. What is it now that an associates degree is an acceptable to become a chemist? My employer is now accepting AA for positions they used to require a MS for. No big promotions for the MS chemists they have either. What gives?!?!?!?

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    1. Relevant experience outweighs paper credentials, especially if someone's willing to take a lower salary to do the same work. Your bigger concern should be why MS chemists are trapped doing work that could be done by someone with an AA. That's what I worry about at least.

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    2. These are AA straight from school with 2.75 GPA.

      The MSs are doing a lot more work (in some cases more than PhDs) for the same titles as AA and only slightly higher pay. Ceiling due to PhD/engineer preferences.

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    3. The posting is for a technician position. Back in the day those used to be a reward for a good plant floor employee; today they're filled with underemployed, bitter B.S. and M.S. chemists.

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