March Newsletter

Hello and welcome to the March Newsletter! We’ve got some exciting information throughout this month’s installment including the personal thoughts about the Texas crisis from the Senior Vice President of the Ontario Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, Jon Franke, who is a native Texan; a new candidate we are representing; many new career opportunities; and tips to improve your resume!

Industry News:
Jon Franke, the Senior Vice President at Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in Ontario, Canada, recently shared his thoughts about the power outages in Texas and how he believes lessons should be learned from this crisis about the importance and future of nuclear energy. Read an excerpt from his article below, and find the full article here. 

“Lessons from Texas on the Nuclear Role in a Clean Energy Future”



“As recently as last month, Texas was bragging about their shift to their clean energy future. The track supported by the system operator of the Texas grid, The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), led to rapid development of wind energy in favor and the elimination of oil and coal generation through a variety of incentives and mandates supported by the state. The generation capacity share of wind has grown since 2009 from only 6% to over 20% as the share provided by coal and oil fell. Today, wind and natural gas make up over 75% of the grid capacity. Nuclear power is provided by two stations, the South Texas Project and Comanche Peak. These two relatively large stations only provide 5.4% of the state’s capacity and roughly 10% of actual generation. This shift began a decade ago and now the state proudly has the largest wind capacity of any US state. There is more wind capacity in Texas than in all of Canada. It is important to note that Texas is basically an isolated transmission island. There is very little ability to transfer power across the state line for a variety of reasons. The chart below shows the distribution of generation sources inside that transmission island.

ERCOT Generation Diversity

This shift in electrical generation mix was only something to brag about if you ignored the cries for energy diversification. With diversity comes reliability as each individual source provides a unique set of factors that gives confidence that no one problem will take the entire system down. The ERCOT plan placed no value on the energy storage provided by an energy source. A coal plant usually maintains a month to ninety days or more of fuel on the ground. A nuclear plant has many months of fuel available for use. Natural gas plants have only hours of fuel. There is no significant gas storage at the vast majority of natural gas stations. Their storage is in the pipeline and essentially, still in the ground. The gas is taken right out of the well, through a system of compressor stations and piped directly to the generating plants. There are very few large storage tanks in the system. Wind is obviously at the mercy of the present weather patterns.

This is where the system failed. The recent dramatic cold that hit Texas this week crippled the system. The gas distribution system within the state which produces more dry gas than any other collapsed just when it was needed most. Wind turbines, not protected from the weather, literally froze. Gas wells and gas compressor stations failed as did numerous combined cycle stations. This infrastructure was not built with such severe weather in mind. As a consequence over 16 GW of wind was unavailable as was over 30 GW of gas. While the peak load demand of 69 GW was below previous records, the crippled system could not keep up with the load. One irony in all this is that many of the gas wells that failed to deliver are failing because there is not power to pump the gas out of the ground. Prices for electricity have soared from a normal $22/MW to over $9000/MW while over 4 million Texans have sat in the dark without power, many without water.
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The seeds of the tragedy occurring in Texas were planted many years ago under an honorable banner of a clean energy future. The outages experienced today are echoes of similar events that occurred in California over the last few years. Both states made mistakes in the paths taken towards a clean energy future. Both failed to recognize the role nuclear has in that future.”

Candidate Spotlight:

The Ottohahn Group is currently representing a Senior Nuclear Attorney with a strong engineering and licensing background! This candidate is open to Charlotte, NC, or remote and can accommodate up to 20% travel. As a former military officer, this candidate is creative, pragmatic, and is always looking to find innovative solutions to improve whatever situation is presented to them. They are a senior attorney with a strong background in licensing, compliance, ethics, litigation, and nuclear. They also have prior experience debriefing and advising executives, navigating sensitive situations, and implementing cost saving initiatives. They would make an excellent addition to any team!

If your team or someone you know is need of a highly specialized attorney, contact sarahg@theottohahngroup.com! 

Careers:

Director:
The Ottohahn Group has an exciting new opportunity for our clients growing team dedicated to developing non-carrier added lutetium-177 for cancer therapies. This individual will be responsible for ensuring the Stable Isotopes segment of our clients Therapeutics division transitions smoothly from R&D to regular, efficient stable isotope production.

Electrical Design Engineer: 
The Electrical Engineer provides sound engineering principles in design, development, implementation, testing and evaluation for equipment applied in nuclear safety-related projects. Includes development of design drawings, item testing plans, various calculations, and subsequent test reports. This role will provide assistance to a senior level engineer managing complex projects.

Electrical I&C Engineer:
The Ottohahn Group is searching or a direct hire I&C Test Engineer for our world class nuclear client. Our client is an industry leader in providing non-safety and safety related parts and components to Nuclear power plants across the U.S. I&C Test Engineers are responsible for component level testing and repair of various printed circuits boards and power supplies that are directly related to Nuclear Safety.

Electrical Manufacturing Test Engineer:
Our team is searching for an Electrical Manufacturing Test Engineer for their facility in the North East. Test Engineers are expected to work autonomously/proactively as well as cross-functionally with internal & external engineering departments to support manufacturing, operations, and production.

Licensing Engineer:
Provide Support of the NRC review of the operating license application, the preparation for, and coordination of, the NRC construction inspection, the preparation and submittal of permit and license applications to other applicable regulatory agencies, and to ensure ongoing compliance with all licenses and permits. It is anticipated that this position will transition from the design and licensing phase, through construction and into supporting the operation of the facility.

Material Control and Accountability Manager:
Material Control and Accountability (MC&A) Manager reporting to the Engineering Department. The MC&A Manager is responsible for developing and implementing an MC&A program for our clients NRC regulated nuclear facility, currently under construction. The MC&A Manager is responsible for ensuring that all Special Nuclear Material (SNM) used in the first of a kind process is in an authorized location for its appropriate use. Ideal candidates for this position will have a strong background in statistics, chemistry, or nuclear processing.

Procurement Engineering Manager:
We are looking for a candidate who has 8+ years of experience as a lead qualified Nuclear procurement engineer. The procurement engineering managers responsibility is to primarily oversee commercial grade dedication (CGD) and equipment qualification activities associated with the procurement of safety related components/material in support of the construction and operation of a new nuclear facility.

R&D Engineer:
The Ottohahn Group is looking for a direct hire Research and Development Engineer for our amazing nuclear medicine client. You will be working in an exciting, fast-pace environment testing newly built equipment. This is a cross-discipline, hands on job focused on R&D, design, troubleshooting, debugging, and quality. Engineers will work on design projects while interfacing and working with operators, system engineers, software engineers, vendors, and management.

R&D Quality Engineer:
The Ottohahn Group is partnered with a growing medical device company in Upstate New York to find their new Quality Engineer focused on R&D Design. The Quality Engineer will be responsible for oversight on new & existing product and process development and improvement initiatives. Interface with other functions within an organization and with internal and external customers and suppliers on quality-related issues. Work closely with R&D team to implement quality design into products.

Radiation Protection Manager:
The Ottohahn Group is working with a top client to help find their Radiation Protecting Manger! This is a brand new, fast-paced exciting role in a growing team working together to help cure life-threatening forms of cancer. This position requires the candidate to have extensive experience in dealing with state regulatory bodies, understanding of RP procedures and managing day to day radiation protection. Support of development activities will include working with project teams to select the appropriate instrumentation for measurement and control of test equipment. Experience working with various sources of radiation is preferred.

Safety Analysis Manager:
This position is responsible to to direct and manage engineering activities to ensure the safe design, startup, and operation of a medical isotope production facility. Areas of responsibility for this team include radiological safety, chemical safety, criticality safety, and fire hazard analysis. Team activities include supporting NRC and state licensing needs, conducting hazard evaluations, maintenance of the safety analysis, and performing analyses to support the design evaluations.

Sr. Processing Engineer:
This is a fast-paced product development cycle to help cure life-threatening forms of cancer. Great opportunity for an independent bigger picture thinker, our ideal candidates will have experience and expertise in FDA GMP, Lab Equipment design and installation to assist our client in bringing the facility into production.

Sr. Procurement Specialist:
Immediately seeking a Senior Technical Buyer to provide support to the Procurement team with complex transaction activities (equipment, construction, services, and subcontracts) expediting and driving procurement administration, vendor relationships and communication, and proposal development. This position ensures timely acquisitions of products or services from known vendors. The Senior Technical Buyer will support the varied daily activities to allow for more efficiency and better output at the direction of the Procurement manager.

Sr. Quality Assurance Engineer:
The Ottohahn Group is searching for a Direct Hire Lead Senior Quality Engineer that will lead collaborative cross-functional teams to proactively implement quality design, manufacturing and administrative processes. They are also responsible for developing processes to assess product and process risk, performing root cause analysis and implementing effective long-term corrective actions to prevent recurrence of quality issues. Will develop and use metrics to identify areas of continuous improvement and train EFD team members in problem solving methodologies, as required.

Validation Engineer:
The Ottohahn Group is seeking a Direct Hire Mid-SR level Validation Engineer who will develop and execute validations to ensure regulatory compliance to established internal and external standards related to released product or current production. The individual will support the writing of validation protocols and reports, along with the gathering and analysis of data.

Tips and Trends:

Something we notice a lot as recruiters is the vast differences in resumes! While your resume is a good place to show hiring managers who you are, there are some universal standards that can help you make sure your resume is taken seriously:

1. Use only 1-2 fonts, make sure both are easy to read. Arial and Times New Roman are both fonts that are easy to read. Your font size should also be between 10 and 12 points.
2. Unless you are a recent graduate, list your professional experience before your education.
3. Find key words in the job posting and make sure they are reflected on your resume! Your resume should be tailored for the specific job you are applying for.
4. Only include relevant information. This goes hand in hand with including key words—your resume should show why you are perfect for this job specifically.
5. Proofread and edit your resume! It always helps to have someone else look it over for you. If you would like, you can reach out to us at careers@theottohahngroup.com and we’d be happy to look over your resume for you!

And as always, if you have any feedback for us, work for or know of any companies you think we should highlight in future newsletters, or have any content you would like us to share please reach out to us! 

Thank you for reading our March Newsletter!
— The Ottohahn Group