Westinghouse has been very good to me as an employer. We are experiencing hard times in the nuclear business now so that can be seen in my rating.
Senior Reactor Control System Engineer (Current Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – November 8, 2014
In my current position, no day is similar to the previous one. I am a control systems engineer and am currently working on a control system upgrade. The upgrades department is a little more stressful than new plant builds. You have less time, less money, fewer resources and very strict requirements.
I currently work on an upgrade project in Delaware. I've been given just over a year to analyze the requirements, purchase the necessary parts, build and test the system. The deadline is extremely tight and our processes do not make it easier. Management is supportive but extremely pushy. While I understand this is the point of their job, I would like to see management that is a little more technically savvy so they can understand the difficulties of meeting certain soft deadlines. I try to explain issues I'm having and I don't get much help back.
Westinghouse has a lot of processes in place to create a safe, working nuclear power plant. But they don't factor in upgrades groups when developing these processes. It can be very frustrating and slow moving when all I need to do is order a few feet of power cable. But it is extremely satisfying to see a build meet a deadline and test out correctly. The more challenging the assignment, the more rewarding it is to complete on time and under budget.
fast paced, learning a lot, room for growth, good benefits, potential to move around, good people to work with
micromanagement, too many policies and procedures in place, nuclear business in a slow growth period