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Nuclear Training Instructor/Nuclear Training Instructor Senior (Operations)

Date: Aug 4, 2022

Location: TONOPAH, AZ, US, 85354

Company: APS

Arizona Public Service generates clean, reliable and affordable energy for 2.7 million Arizonans. Our service territory stretches across the state, from the border town of Douglas to the vistas of the Grand Canyon, from the solar fields of Gila Bend to the ponderosa pines of Payson. As the state’s largest and longest-serving energy provider, our more than 6,000 dedicated employees power our vision of creating a sustainable energy future for Arizona.


Since our founding in 1886, APS has demonstrated a strong commitment to our customers in one of the country’s fastest growing states, earning a reputation for customer satisfaction, shareholder value, operational excellence and business integrity.


Our present and future success depends on the creative and dedicated people of our company who demonstrate the principles outlined in the APS Promise: Design for Tomorrow, Empower Each Other and Succeed Together.  


The Operations Nuclear Training Instructor develops, maintains and delivers accredited training courses for employees in plant Operations at Palo Verde that comply with applicable NRC regulations and are consistent with INPO Accreditation Objectives and Criteria.


The Senior Operations Nuclear Training Instructor develops, maintains, and delivers accredited licensed and/or non-licensed training programs for employees in plant Operations at Palo Verde that comply with applicable Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulations and are consistent with INPO Accreditation Objectives and Criteria.

Minimum Requirements

High school diploma/GED plus four (4) years of direct job-related technical experience as an operations department qualified nuclear equipment operator OR, two (2) years experience as an operations department qualified nuclear equipment operator or military/test reactor nuclear operator plus two (2) years experience as an operations training instructor (commercial, military or test reactor).


Senior Minimum Requirements

High school diploma/GED and must hold or have held a Senior Reactor Operator/Reactor Operator (SRO/RO) license or SRO certification plus four (4) years experience in Operations and/or Operations Training positions (commercial, military or test reactor). Selected candidate will be required to obtain a SRO certification within six months.


Preferred Special Skills, Knowledge or Qualifications:
Experience with the Systematic Approach to Training.
Experience as a Naval Master Training Specialist.
Experience with an accredited training program.

Nuclear requirement:
Any PVGS employee may be called upon to serve as a member of the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) and will be expected to fulfill their obligation as an ERO member. Any PVGS employee may be called upon to support a refueling or short-notice outage. This includes line roles and responsibilities as necessary to execute outage activities. These are conditions of employment at PVGS.

Major Accountabilities

1) Executes all phases of a Systematic Approach to Training by identifying and defining training and job scope needs that enhance line performance through various analysis processes.


2) Designs and develops learning and development curriculum. Integrates lessons learned from industry best practices, INPO Significant Operating Experience Reports, NRC circulars and bulletins, plant design changes, plant procedure changes and revisions and new regulations. Utilizes current instructional technology and strategies such as virtual learning, vision, computer-based training (CBT) and dynamic learning activities. Implements learning events and programs by delivering classroom training. Develops and maintains training program schedules, task lists and other program documents required to meet ACAD requirements.


3) Prepares trainee examination and conducts trainee evaluations for classroom, on-the-job training and simulator environments. Conducts coaching sessions for trainees if needed. Evaluates results and develops individualized training if necessary.


4) Evaluates training curriculum and program to determine if student and organization needs are met and implemented appropriately.


5) Supervises students in all training settings to ensure standards of conduct prescribed on Nuclear Training Department procedures are met. Reinforces management standards and expectations in all training settings.


6) Performs self-assessments and observations of line activities to identify strengths and weaknesses needing corrective action. Partners with line management to manage and monitor training programs.


7) Mentors new instructors in the implementation of the Systematic Approach to Training in development of the ADDIE process (e.g., analysis, objectives, lesson materials, exam items).


8) Interfaces with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) during plant evaluations, Inspections and accreditation activities by ensuring the outside team has and understands the necessary information needed to accurately assess or inspect our programs to industry standards and guidelines.


9) Performs specialized activities within the Vision and SWMS databases such as work assignment change notices, master task list changes and removal/granting of qualifications.


10) Develops and evaluates training performance indicators to identify any potential gaps in training program performance. Develops actions necessary to close the identified gaps along with communicating program performance information to the line program owner.


11) Attends and participates on Curriculum Review Committee by assisting with the creation of the agenda and supporting data that will be reviewed and discussed.


12) Participates in root and apparent cause analyses to help identify potential training causes and/or corrective actions.

Export Compliance / EEO Statement

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, 'U.S. Export Control Laws'). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Generating Stations (PVGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.


Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates ('Pinnacle West') maintain a continuing policy of nondiscrimination in employment. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all phases of the employment process and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This policy of nondiscrimination shall include, but not be limited to, recruiting, hiring, promoting, compensating, reassigning, demoting, transferring, laying off, recalling, terminating employment, and training for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, disability, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other classification or characteristic protected by law.


For more information on applicable equal employment regulations, please refer to EEO is the Law poster. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of every person hired to work in the United States, refer to E-Verify poster. View the employee rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).


Arizona Public Service is a smoke free workplace.

Flex Role:
This position is not required to be performed at a specific APS facility as long as adequate technology and a solid ergonomic set up are present. Pending agreement with leadership, employees hired into this role will be able to choose where they prefer to perform their work. Employees will have two options to choose from: 

  • APS office based: The employee prefers to work most of the time from an APS facility.
  • Home based: The employee prefers to work most of the time from his/her home.


*Employees in Flex roles are required to reside in Arizona (or NM for Four Corners-based employees). Role types are subject to change based on business need.

Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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