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Participant Info

Company
Ontario Power Generation
Location
Oshawa
Position
Nuclear Engineering Intern
Work Term
August 2010 - August 2011
What are your daily responsibilities?
- Analyzed fire protection issues arising out of code reviews for the Darlington Nuclear Generation Station refurbishment project and proposed resolutions to these issues with emphasis on nuclear safety and defence in depth principles - Programmed a database using Microsoft Access to serve as a repository of vital information required for the Integrated Safety Review of the Darlington Nuclear Plant - Proposed recommendations to improve team activities in a Self-Assessment Report. - Presented on winter safety and fire prevention in a departmental safety meeting and participated in a planning team for the quarterly New Graduate/Intern Cohort Meeting - Prepared weekly updates for team meetings including follow up on action items, % task completion updates, safety issues etc.
What were some projects you were involved in?
I was primarily involved with the Darlington Station Refurbishment Project. This involved conducting safety reviews and ensuring the station governance was compliant with various nuclear safety codes and standards. I was also involved in a comprehensive station safety review following the 2011 Fukushima incident.
What were strong points of your interview? Did grades matter?
Grades formed part of the application (they requested transcripts), but I don't think they mattered as much as the interview.
Which skill sets/courses were most relevant to your position?
VBA programming, knowledge of Microsoft Access and Excel, Engineering Strategies and Practices, Communications, PFDs and P&IDs, AutoCAD
What did your company expect from you as a 2nd/3rd year co-op student?
The most important expectation was to come up to speed with the team's projects and be a reliable team member.
Did you like your overall PEY experience? Why or why not?
Absolutely. Made me self-confident and gave me an ideal exposure to what the corporate world looks like. I think I was challenged sufficiently even though my position was not directly related to Chem Eng.
One fun fact about your job?
Walking into a nuclear station dressed up in something out of the movies
Salary Range
40,000-60,000
Other Comments
Highly recommend doing PEY if your end goal is to find a professional job after graduation and if you lack summer internship experience. Wouldn't recommend PEY if you are definitely considering grad/med/MBA school immediately after graduation, because then you've lost one valuable year of your life that would be better spent in or after the grad program.