As part of Absolute Consulting’s ongoing effort to ensure our technical recruiters are identifying and recruiting the most qualified candidates for our highly technical jobs, a training session on Engineering Qualifications was conducted during a recent week-long corporate meeting. This session was conducted by Richard (Dick) Church, Vice President of Business Development, and a nuclear industry subject matter expert in the area of engineering training and qualification.
The session commenced with a discussion of the various types of engineering positions typical at a commercial nuclear power plant in the U.S. Mr. Church discussed the guidance provided by INPO via ACAD 98-004, “Guidelines for Training and Qualification of Engineering Personnel,” as it pertains to these positions, and specifically, the three main components of the overall process: Initial, Continuing, and Position Specific Training. Mr. Church then described the breakdown and content of each of these three components and their application to the completion of utility engineering qualification guides derived from the ACAD.
The Recruiters were also coached on methods to determine whether prospective candidates were truly qualified under a utility’s ACAD-compliant program or not. Dick said that regrettably, many qualified engineers fail to include a conspicuous statement in their resume regarding the completion of these qualifications and miss the opportunity to enhance their candidacy to a potential customer. Candidates who have completed these qualifications are very valuable to our customers since qualified candidates are already familiar with the standards and expectations for a given engineering position, are trained and experienced in performing the job function to the industry standards, and are able to perform work independently for the customer quicker.
Written by: Absolute Consulting