Operator 1 - OPS Apprentice Class - 20 Positions

STP Nuclear Operating Company, 12090 FM 521, Wadsworth, Texas, United States of America Req #859
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
The South Texas Project Electric Generating Station is one of the newest and largest nuclear power facilities in the nation.  STP's two units produce 2,700 megawatts of carbon-free electricity - providing clean energy to two million Texas homes.  Through our uncompromising commitment to nuclear safety and continuous focus on improving plant operations, STP has emerged as an industry leader.  Our 1,200 employees maintain an ongoing commitment to the safe and reliable operation of the facility.  The company's culture and core values focus on safety, integrity, teamwork and excellence.

TARGET START DATE – June 5, 2023


The Operator 1 position is responsible for assisting in the operation of plant equipment in a safe and efficient manner, as directed by Control Room personnel.

Essential responsibilities are plant equipment operation. Responsibilities include operation of assigned equipment during all phases of plant operation, inspecting operating equipment, and initiating service requests for equipment/component repairs as needed. Attends and successfully completes all phases of the Operator Apprenticeship program. Is a member of the Fire Brigade. Acts in an assigned position for the Emergency Response Organization per the Station Emergency Plan as required. Participates in refueling activities.



  • High School/GED or equivalent (Required)

  • Associates degree in a science, mathematics, or technology program, (preferably) Mechanical or Operations Technology.  Navy nuclear power plant experience may be considered in lieu of the degree requirement. (Required)

  • In lieu of the above requirements, relevant experience will be considered.
  • 0 - 2 Years in industrial or commercial plant equipment operations. (Preferred)


  • General Employee Training 1, 2, 3 and 4 (including respirator) (Required)
  • Texas Driver’s license (Required)




Operates assigned equipment as directed from the control during all phases of plant operation.

  • Monitors system parameters as required so as to be aware of equipment conditions at all times during the work shift.

  • Performs required operational checks. Observes and evaluates instruments and alarms for operating problems; informs shift supervision.

  • Maintains required logs, charts and records on the assigned work shift.

  • Supports Maintenance by Equipment Clearance Orders.

  • Perform minor maintenance, including adjusting manual valve packing, replacing fuses, pressurizing tanks, installing test equipment, adding oil to equipment, and draining water from components.

  • Acts as a fire brigade member.


  • Accept ERO position as needed.

  • Accept outage position as needed.

  • Attends training and retraining. Performs on-the-job training for other apprentice level operators.

  • Maintains proficiency in radiation protective techniques and procedures.

  • Performs housekeeping duties, including maintaining and keeping equipment and areas clean.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by management, supervision, and journeymen.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain unescorted access.

  • Ability to meet requirements for wearing a respirator.

  • Ability to use basic mathematics to complete log computations.


  • Overtime and alternate work schedules as needed.

  • Subject to callouts twenty-four hours per day seven days per week.

  • Shiftwork in nuclear power plant, including holiday coverage.

  • Ability to access all areas of the plant (including extensive walking, stooping, climbing, squatting).

  • Working environment consists of both outside and inside work, in both extreme hot and cold temperatures. Work may be in confined spaces, radiological areas, and at heights.


  • Rarely - Less than 10% of the shift spent in this activity:(Lifting > 20 lbs (up to a maximum of 50 lbs))

  • Occasionally - From 11% to 33% of the shift spent in this activity:(Kneeling, Squatting, Crawling, Lifting 5 - 20 lbs, Carrying > 5 lbs, Pushing > 10 lbs)

  • Frequently - From 34% to 66% of the shift spent in this activity:(Standing, Walking, Sitting, Crouching, Stooping, Bending, Twisting, Reaching above shoulder, Climbing Ladder, Climbing an incline, Climbing Stairs, Lifting 1 - 5 lbs, Carrying 1 - 5 lbs, Pushing 1 - 10 lbs, Reaching, Handling, Fingering, Feeling)

  • Continuously - From 67% to 100% of the shift spent in this activity:(Coordination (Eye, Hand, Foot))


  • Occasionally - From 11% to 33% of the shift spent in this activity:(Writing, Managing Resources)

  • Frequently - From 34% to 66% of the shift spent in this activity:(Reading, Visualizing, Problem Solving)

  • Continuously - From 67% to 100% of the shift spent in this activity:(Basic Math, Reasoning)


  • Occasionally - From 11% to 33% of the shift spent in this activity:(In a vehicle (drives truck around work site), Confined spaces, Works on sloping surface, Works on uneven surface, Works on slippery surface)

  • Frequently - From 34% to 66% of the shift spent in this activity:(Indoors, Outdoors (in all weather conditions), Noise level sometimes warrants hearing protection in certain areas, Desk work, Working under pressure, Working rapidly, Works on concrete surface, Works on level surface, Heat stress (extreme temperatures associated with e.g. > 100 F))


  • Ability to Distinguish Color

  • Ability to See

  • Ability to Hear/Listen

  • Ability to Speak

  • Ability to Touch

  • Ability to Smell

Posting Dates – November 2, 2022 to February 24, 2023
Contact - Lisa Hoffman 

STP is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and is committed to nondiscrimination in all matters relating to employment throughout the organization.  STP will make every good faith effort to meet or exceed its affirmative action goals and commitments.
We thank all individuals for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
NOTE:  In order to be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
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  • STP Nuclear Operating Company, 12090 FM 521, Wadsworth, Texas, United States of America