About This Site

This is a source of information for electrical engineers in the nuclear power industry. This is especially helpful for brand new, freshly minted electrical engineers coming out of college and stepping into the nuclear power industry for the first time.

Walking in the door, you realize the situation you’ve been tossed into: sink or swim. You may be given on-the-job training by a skilled individual who brings you up to speed quickly. You may be a fast learner. You will probably figure out who the masters are and seek them out for their guidance. Those are the right things to do.

But even the nuclear power masters can speak in what sometimes sounds like a different language to the uninitiated. After being immersed in the culture for as long as some of the old-timers have, it can be easy to forget that there are people out there who don’t automatically know what “surveillance” means, why we should avoid an LCO, and how anyone could make a mistake like specifying THHN cables for a duct bank instead of XHHW.

So, this site is meant to specifically help electrical engineers in the nuclear power industry: the “nuclear electrical engineer.”

What do electrical engineers in the nuclear power industry actually do? What kinds of skills do we develop? What kinds of skills do we need to develop?

Where can we go to get all of that industry-specific jargon explained in layman’s terms?


This is the website of John Livingston, an electrical engineer in the nuclear power industry. I’ve been in the industry for over 15 years. I share my knowledge here so that others may learn from my experiences while avoiding the pain of making the same mistakes.

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This site will help you get started with the basics. I’m not promising that you’ll become an instant expert after reading everything here, but you’ll definitely be more confident in what you need to do and how to go about getting it done.