The following is a high level, typical daily outline of the Nuclear Instrumentation System Training Course. This daily schedule may vary due to student backgrounds and class pace.
- Integrated overview – The purpose of the Nuclear Instrumentation System in the nuclear power plant
- Functional description
- Bistable operation
- Isolation amplifier
- Source range: block diagram, preamplifier, pulse amplifier, log pulse integrator
- Source range: signal outputs
- Intermediate range: block diagram, log amplifier, power supply, testing
- Power range: block diagram, signal processing, calibration
- Power range: rate circuit
- Channel comparator
- Startup rate: audio count rate, Source range functional test
- Performance evaluations
- Source, Intermediate and Power range functional tests
- Performance evaluations
- Written exam review
- Written exam* - A written examination will be used to test each student’s understanding of the system. The examination questions are based on the learning objectives used in the course.
- Performance Evaluation** - Performance evaluations will also be conducted to assess the students’ capability to perform hands-on testing and troubleshooting.
*Westinghouse will provide one remediation exam (if required) for re-test of remediated student(s) in the event of a written exam failure. It is the responsibility of the utility to perform remediation activities and administer the remediation exam. The utility must provide passing remedial exam scores to Westinghouse for documentation of satisfactory completion.
**If the course schedule allows, Westinghouse will provide one remedial performance evaluation (if required) for re-test of student(s) who fail their first attempt at performance evaluation. If schedule limitations do not allow time for remedial performance evaluations to be given, remedial performance evaluations must be negotiated and scheduled in an offer separate from this course.
If applicable, this Nuclear Instrumentation System Course will cover any new-style circuit boards that the plant has installed. These boards will be covered first at the block diagram level and then at the schematic level. Emphasis will be on new test points and card edge indication. Since these boards are typically phased in over time, both the new and old style boards will be covered in the course.
Although Westinghouse does not grant a Nuclear Instrumentation System qualification to utility personnel for this training, many utilities, at their discretion, use successful completion of this course to grant a qualification.
The Westinghouse Nuclear Instrumentation System Training Course provides each student with a challenging and effective way to develop his or her understanding of this critical plant system. By the end of the course, the successful student will have the knowledge and skills required to safely maintain and troubleshoot the Nuclear Instrumentation System.
Satisfactory completion of the course will be measured by achieving 80% or greater on a written exam and satisfactory completion of a performance evaluation.