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September 22, 2018

CiTi Answers The Call For Training At Nuclear Power Station


The Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation provides adult learners in Oswego County with a wide range of trades and technology training and recently was approached by Exelon Generation at the Nine Mile Point Nuclear facilities units 1 and 2 to provide specific heavy equipment training for their employees.

Employees at the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station practice using machinery during their training provided by CiTi’s adult education Heavy Equipment program instructor Ken Koegel.

Employees at the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station practice using machinery during their training provided by CiTi’s adult education Heavy Equipment program instructor Ken Koegel.

In 2011 an earthquake and subsequent tsunami occurred at the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan. Mitigation strategies that resulted from the event require that every nuclear facility have employees trained in debris removal using heavy equipment.

Originally looking to provide the training themselves, it was determined by Exelon that it might be advisable to get an expert in to conduct the initial training.

Jeffrey Custer, senior consultant to Nine Mile working on the Fukushima Lessons Learned Project, reached out to CiTi’s Adult Education department and their Heavy Equipment Instructor Ken Koegel to assist them with the training necessary to ensure their operators meet the qualifications set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. CiTi’s Koegel will end up training approximately 28 plant equipment operators in the use and operation of a Case 621 front end loader.

The instruction provided by Koegel has included classroom safety training on use of the loader, dangers and precautions associated with the machine, overall safety training and operating experience.

The operators have the opportunity to practice their training in a designated area and are gaining confidence in their ability to operate the equipment.

Custer, senior consultant with The Westwind Group, Inc. said, “This training is exactly what we envisioned, and CiTi has knocked it out of the park!”

For more information about the Heavy Equipment training provided by CiTi, visit www.CiTiboces.org or call 963-4256.

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