"You want to perform the action before the actual plant does the action, have the human in control so you're driving the plant, the plant's not driving you," he said.
Like elsewhere in the nuclear industry, many of the candidates in training have experience running the nuclear reactors on U.S. Navy ships. After leaving the Navy, Daniel Ramirez worked as an engineer at a startup manufacturing facility, then came to Southern Co. because he wanted more experience building a facility from the ground up.
"That's one of the big draws," he said, "new technology."
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