EASTERN Students Learn About Nuclear Energy Trades

Welding Technology students with Jeremey Barnhart, Kevin Cawley (top center) and EASTERN Welding Instructor, Meghan Cicchino (bottom left).Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Welding Technology, Electrical Technology and Protective Services students attended a presentation by Kevin Cawley, 2011 EASTERN Electronics Engineering Technology graduate, and Jeremy Barnhart – both Systems Engineers at Limerick Generating Station.

The presentation was for students to get a better understanding of nuclear energy and dispel myths surrounding it and to discuss all the skilled trades needed in the field, such as welders and electricians to proactively maintain the facility and security officers to perform check points and inspections.

“There is more work than there are people,” said Cawley. “There is a great deal of maintenance work that needs to be done throughout the year, such as installing modifications and piping. In addition, we close the facility one month out of the year and bring in about 2,000 skilled tradespeople to work on improvements.”

When Cawley was at EASTERN, he earned college credit through a dual enrollment program with Montgomery County Community College (MCCC). After graduation, he continued his studies at MCCC and finished his Electrical Engineering degree at Drexel.

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