Michael Robinson

Work History

Work History
Aug 2001 - Aug 2008

Nuclear Systems Operator (RO - NRC Licensed)

Exelon Nuclear

Operate Quad Cities Units 1 & 2 in accordance with established, approved station & company procedures and also in accordance with NRC procedures and the Federal Code of Regulations.

As a Licensed Reactor Operator, operated the QCNPS Unit 1 & 2 Nuclear Reactors, 930 MW generators and support equipment during normal and abnormal operating conditions. Performed required surveillance activities in the control room while interfacing with and supervising non-licensed operators in the plant. Performed pre-task briefings with non-licensed operators and the various maintenance groups for maintenance activities and surveillance activities. Performed training and evaluations of NLOs during their training activities on their quest of earning a Reactor Operator license. During the off-shift week, my duties included generating clearance and tagging orders for the upcoming workweek. Utilizing as-built drawings, engineering modification drawings, electrical prints, etc., I would write the clearance order to sequence the proper order for taking equipment out of service for maintenance departments to do preventative maintenance and repairs, as appropriate. Walk down of equipment, cables, interiors of switchgear, etc. would involve close proximity to energized circuitry requiring knowledge of and use of appropriate protective equipment for performing the task.

Sep 1987 - Aug 2001

Non-Licensed Operator (NLO)

Exelon Nuclear

Operate Quad Cities Units 1 & 2 in accordance with established, approved station & company procedures and also in accordance with NRC procedures and the Federal Code of Regulations. As a non-licensed operator (the early years), performed plant tours (rounds for equipment operation and nuclear safety requirements) and operated and performed surveillances on in-plant equipment. Performed HV switching duties (345Kv disconnect open/close for maintenance/testing of SCADA and switching apparatus) as required by the company System Load Dispatcher. Performed training and evaluations of new operators prior to their final qualification exams and walkthru exams to become NLO's.

Sep 1978 - Sep 1987

I & C Technician

Hawkeye Chemical Company

Troubleshoot, repair, maintain and test electrical, electronic, pneumatic and digital (process computer and Gould PLC) equipment. Install and modify new & existing installation of electrical, electronic, pneumatic, digital equipment as needed to support production.

Required to use oscilloscopes, VOM, multimeters, ammeters, wattmeters, digital volt-ohm-ammeters, meter shunts, function generators, current generators (for testing instrument loops 4-20/10-50 mA and interfaces to process control computer 1-5vdc and DAC/ADC), etc.

Mar 1976 - Oct 1977

Calibration & Repair Technician

Wavetek Instruments

Calibrate, repair and burn-in test newly manufactured electronic test equipment (signal & function generators, mostly) as well as, troubleshoot and repair (component and board level) in warranty and out of warranty returns from the field. As time permitted, I also worked with the engineers and engineering techs in fabricating equipment to automate some of the testing and burn-in of CRT equipped microprocessor equipped function and signal generators.

Required to use oscilloscopes, VOM, multimeters, ammeters, wattmeters, digital multimeters, function generators, frequency counters, audio and RF spectrum analyzers, etc.

Dec 1971 - Nov 1975

Electrician's Mate

U.S. Navy

Troubleshoot, repair/replace electrical and electronic equipment (60/400 Hz MG sets, motors, motor starter/controllers, wiring, etc.) as needed to support mission requirements aboard the USS Dubuque, LPD-8. Duties also included electrical generator and switchgear watch standing and damage control.

Education

Education
Jun 1987 - Oct 1987

Hamilton Technical College

Studies included electronics components and use in circuits, circuit calculations and analysis, practical applications lab including soldering work.  Not too demanding for me as I had much of this education and circuit experience as a result of being an active HAM radio operator and experimenter.  Much experience with circuit board design and layout, components and soldering techniques.

Feb 1984 - Jul 1987

Eastern Iowa Community College (EICC)

Studied Math, Chemistry, English Composition and general other classes working toward an Associate of Applied Science in Electronics and Computer Science.  Attended classes during the day and evening depending on shift schedule rotation at Hawkeye Chemical and later, Exelon Nuclear.

Feb 1976 - May 1977

San Diego City College

Studies included electrical and electronic components (use of and effects in electronic circuits), math and circuit calculations, troubleshooting, technical writing.  Attended San Diego City College in the evenings while working at Wavetek Instruments.

Sep 1967 - May 1971

Sabula Community High School

General education with emphasis on Math and Sciences.

Skills

Skills

Power Factor Correction

I am very knowledgeable in the methods of power factor correction as it applies to electrical generation and usage at the consumer level.

Linux OS

Currently have Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installed on all of my computers except my Raspberry Pi (has Raspbian for ARM v7.0 processor).  I utilize dual OS boot system (Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux) and use the Linux system mostly for Amateur Radio (HAM) programs.  

Microsoft Windows & Office Environment

Started with MS-DOS and currently use Windows 7 and Office 2010 PLUS OpenOffice v4.1

Computer Usage & Repair

Built my first computer in 1976 utilizing a Texas Instruments (out sourced by Intel) 8080 microprocessor and 32k of RAM.  16-bit front panel programmed (similar to Altair).   Built many computers over the years, from Zilog Z80 on breadboards to custom systems designed around AMD and Intel 16, 32 and 64 bit processors.   Some of my "home brew" HAM equipment is microprocessor based.

Soldering Techniques

My work in the US Navy, at Wavetek, at Hawkeye Chemical and my hobby of Amateur Radio required knowledge and use of soldering equipment as well as determining the proper heat range for the task at hand.  Also, knowledge and use of appropriate heat sinks to protect the component being soldered.

Test Equipment Usage

Use of oscilloscopes, VOM, multimeters, ammeters, wattmeters, digital multimeters, function generators, frequency counters, audio and RF spectrum analyzers, etc.

Certifications

Certifications
Jul 1981 - Jul 2015

Amateur Radio License (Extra Class)

Federal Communications Commission (US FCC)
Aug 2001 - Aug 2008

Nuclear Plant Reactor Operator License Certification

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

References

References

David Kimler

Dave was my Shift Manager for 3 years.  I changed crews and acquired a different Shift Manager.  After my retirement, Dave became the SOS.

Dalbert Wiebenga

Curt Steffes

Joyce Tegeler

Top Secret

US Navy (NUC)