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Moving toward the end of the 1st secondment - June 27, 2013

I have been working now for 7.5 months in Sellafield Ltd. It’s that time now to reflect on what I have done. As an Electrical & Electronic Engineer I have worked in various roles from Commissioning to Maintenance. This has been challenging and enjoyable at the same time. I have learned a lot and developed [...]

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Energy and Climate Change STEM day – 19th April 2013 -

A group of 11 of the graduates in Cumbria decided to branch out with our STEM work by creating our own STEM day. Having been on other organised days we had an idea of some of the things to consider such as making sure the pupils have lots to do and risk assessments. In December [...]

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7 months of being an engineer -

It’s almost that time when our first secondments are over and we have to pack up and go so I’ve decided to have a think about what it’s been like overall and what I’ve learnt etc! Being an engineer, I often hear “wow you must do the most interesting stuff, you are such a nerd [...]

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Lab in a lorry anyone? -

So, as part of my stem I had volunteered for, yes, a lab in a lorry whereby there are three experiments involving trying to smash a wine glass, poke a dummy with a camera and recreate sunset in a test tube!  These fun experiments allowed me to demonstrate to pupils how resonance works, fibre optics [...]

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Accelerated, Operational and Decommissioning -

Well it’s February, and time for a bit of travelling to view different types of nuclear sites, first on the list is Bradwell. For people who don’t know in the Magnox fleet there are ten sites, with nine currently being decommissioned and one operational, though each of them are at different stages of decommissioning making [...]

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Parliament, Birdcage and Snow - May 2, 2013

Well its now January 2013 and after a good break being back at home for the Christmas holidays it is back to work, though before I can settle back in it is time for a nucleargraduates training week, where our first destination is London! So began the trip to London, though before any of the [...]

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Technical Report Writing Course -

Strolling the streets of Glasgow city centre at rush hour one Thursday morning, suited up, I felt like a boss. Entering a plush hotel only enhanced my status of importance around Scotland’s biggest city. The course I was attending was Technical Report Writing, run by IMechE. I thought this would be a good way to [...]

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High Impact Presentations, I have time for two questions who has the first question -

A few weeks ago I was asked last minute to fill a space on a course. The course was called high impact presentations; it lasted for two days and was taught by a corporate training company called Dale Carnegie. The name of the course did make me feel a little uneasy, presentations are not something [...]

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Superphénix - March 19, 2013

Superphenix. Whilst admittedly sounding like a suspect German techno-disco club from name alone, the site of the now non-operational French Fast Reactor offered a fascinating insight into the Research and Development and Decommissioning programme of the French Nuclear Industry. Tucked away on the banks of the Rhone River east of Lyon, the iconic structure of [...]

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Palais des Nations - March 11, 2013

As part of Cohort Five’s Footprints, we were lucky enough to be given a tour round the Palace of Nations, the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). With more than 8000 meetings a year and over 1600 staff, UNOG is the second biggest UN station after New York and the headquarters for numerous agencies including [...]

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