Workforce Development

Deming’s Quality Model works well for most linear processes. The problem is most power plant operations seem to more closely follow Chaos Theory. Without the benefit of the All Knowing and All Powerful Oz as a staff member, we must respond to the variability and uncertainty of real work. Repeated success in this response has a name – Resiliency. This track will examine how physical equipment and the systems they exist in impact resilience. 

EP Track 5: Workforce Development

EP 5A: Decommissioning Power Plants

Tuesday, April 11 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Room: W181B
There are many aspects to consider as the power industry continues to close power plants, whether the result of technological obsolescence, regulatory strictures, or economic competitiveness. This session will address lessons learned through the decommissioning and closure process.
Chair:
Jeff Mullins, Safety & Health Consultant, Lightstone Generation, LLC. - Gavin Power , LLC
Co-Chair:
Justin L. Clift, Managing Partner, Fire Solutions Group
Speakers: Lessons Learned Through Implementing Decommissioning, Demolition and Decontamination (DDD) Projects
Abstract
Jeff Pope, Manager, Facility Decommissioning & Demolition Services, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc.
  Workforce Utilization in the Decommissioning Process
Abstract
Andrew Schaaf, EIT, Project Manager, CB&I
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EP 5B: Planning for the Unthinkable: Emergency Response Preparedness

Tuesday, April 11 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Room: W181B
For power plant professionals, an incident requiring emergency first responders is a scenario that few want to contemplate. But emergency response preparedness is an essential part of an effectively operating power plant. This session will offer attendees ER case studies, lessons learned, strategies for preparing plant personnel—and first responders—for emergencies, and a discussion of common contributing factors that lead to incidents requiring emergency responses.
Chair:
Justin L. Clift, Managing Partner, Fire Solutions Group
Speakers: Emergency Response Preparedness
Abstract
Justin L. Clift, Managing Partner, Fire Solutions Group
  The Good CO2 - The Myths, the Reality
Abstract
Mr. Bob Taylor, President, CoalSAFETY, Inc.
Co-Author(s):
Michael Greiner, President, Hazard Control Technologies, Inc
  AEP Transformer fire
Abstract
Jeff Mullins, Safety & Health Consultant, Lightstone Generation, LLC. - Gavin Power , LLC
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EP 5C: Developing a Transitional Workforce: Key Principles for Managing Employee Transition

Wednesday, April 12 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Room: W181B
Finding solutions for a workforce in transition, including finding quality candidates to fill skilled positions can be challenging. Add internal and external game changers impacting the energy industry and it creates an important need to develop the skills of a transitional workforce. A change in generation sources, growing environmental changes, evolving customer needs, and increasing technological advances all require a skilled workforce. Learn about specific utility workforce initiatives from various utilities leveraging online education through a partnership with the Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE), to build the skills of transitioning workers.
Moderator/Chair:
Christine Carpenter, Remove, EPCE - Energy Providers Coalition for Education
Panelists:
G. Michael Martin, Manger Electric Operations Training, ComEd
 
Heather Davis, Training Director, Training Strategies and Workforce Development, EXELON NUCLEAR GENERATION
 
Chris Van Haren, Manager of Talent Acquisition, Commonwealth Edison Company [ComEd]
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EP 5D: Bridging the Gap - Outstanding Engineering in the Field

Wednesday, April 12 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: W181B
The Mill Creek Air Quality Control System Project retrofit at the 1,600 MW LG&E/KU Mill Creek coal-fired power plant is one of the largest EPC projects in the USA. The project includes new flue-gas desulfurization units for all four units, new pulse jet fabric filters (PJFF) and ID fans for all four units, and new chimneys for three of the units. The use of field engineers has been instrumental in the success of the project. This paper and presentation will describe how the use of field engineering bridges the gap between conceptual design and field installation and establishes a “One Team” project environment.
Chair:
Paul Hahn, Health & Safety Consultant, WE Energies
Co-Chair:
Niki Kutz, Production Operations Division Training Supervisor, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)
Speaker: Bridging the Gap - Outstanding Engineering in the Field
Abstract
Brent Dovin, Mechanical Design Group, Zachry Engineering
Co-Author(s):
Rob Gappa, Project Manager, Zachry Engineering
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EP 5E: Millennials – Filling the Gap in the Workforce

Wednesday, April 12 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Room: W181B
Are you prepared for the next 24 months when 50% of your workforce may retire and when millennials will fill that gap in the workforce? Millennials, who typically stay at a company less than 18 months, want to work for brands they know and trust. They want to work in a culture that caters to them (i.e. that offers flexible hours, new technology, and a quick path to management), and to be part of a company that makes a difference for others and for the environment. Build a millennial-oriented brand that attracts talented young workers to your team.
Chair:
Scott M. Bryant, Fire Protection Engineer, AMPED I, LLC
Co-Chair:
Paul Hahn, Health & Safety Consultant, WE Energies
Speakers: “Surviving The Coming Millennial Tsunami”
Abstract
Janet Kieffer, PRINCIPAL, Influence
 
Christine Carpenter, Remove, EPCE - Energy Providers Coalition for Education
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EP 5F: Coal Dust Explosion - Joe’s Story

Thursday, April 13 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM
Room: W181B
On October 22, 2012, a significant explosion occurred in the coal bunker at Minnesota Power’s Taconite Harbor Energy Center. This explosion severely injured an employee working near the explosion. You will hear about the experience firsthand from the employee involved in the incident. The presentation will focus on incident investigation and root cause, what engineering and administrative controls were implemented as a result of the accident, and improvements made across the thermal generating fleet. Hear how Joe and Minnesota Power thought they had done everything right, but how everything went so wrong.
Moderator/Chair:
Niki Kutz, Production Operations Division Training Supervisor, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)
Speaker: Coal Dust Explosion - Joe’s Story
Abstract
Joe Fredrickson, Operations Field Specialist, Minnesota Power
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EP 5G: Insights into Human and Organizational Performance

Thursday, April 13 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Room: W181B
Fundamentally, workers come to work to do good work. So when something bad happens, is it possible to move beyond "blame and punishment" and even beyond "error prevention?" Is it possible by collaborating with those who actually perform the work, to build a culture of "error tolerance?" This session will focus on what happens when organizations become open to the idea of operational learning instead of being surprised by occasional human error and failure. The discussion will seek a dialogue around safety, reliability, resilience, and accountability with a different mindset.
Chair:
Heather Wilston, Manager, PI Training, TVA
Co-Chair:
Paul Hahn, Health & Safety Consultant, WE Energies
Speaker:
Bob Edwards, Founder, The H.O. P. Coach
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* - This speaker has been invited to speak at ELECTRIC POWER 2017, but is not yet confirmed.

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