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  • UNPLUGGEDSUMMER 2011

    ONTARIO POWER GENERATION | UNPLUGGED STUDENT NEWSLETTER | SUMMER 2011

    s t u d e n t n e w s l e t t e r

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    Summer 2011

    CONTENTS

    3. OPG 101: Students Start Off the Summer Term Pam Lau

    4. Nanticoke Generating Station TourAoran Li

    6. Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox GameBrendan Kelley and Stephanie Ng

    7. Ryan BrabantTestimonial

    8. Student Charity Book Drive for Youth in Aboriginal Com-munitiesRupinder Bassi

    9. Aditya PrasharTestimonial

    10. Arpita DesaiTestimonial

    11. Jessica CannellaTestimonial

    UnpluggedSTUDENT NEWSLETTER

    SUMMER 2011

    Editorial tEam

    Pam LauStephanie Ng

    Contributors

    Rupinder BassiRyan BrabantJessica CannellaArpita DesaiNauman GillBrendan KelleyPam LauAoran LiRaheel NaqviStephanie NgNishit PatelAditya PrasharMax Yan

    12. Nishit Patel Testimonial

    12. Max YanTestimonial

    13. Rupinder BassiTestimonial

    14. Fourth Annual Ontario Student Energy ForumRaheel Naqvi

    15. Work Term Presentations and Final Farewell, Head OfficeBen Goodman

    15. Work Term Presentations and Final Farewell, PickeringNauman Gill

    We would like to extend a special thank you to Rose-Mary Matusiak, Senior Staffing Consultant at Talent Manage-ment, Corporate Human Resources. Her unwavering support of OPGs student program does not go unnoticed.

    On behalf of the students, we thank Rose-Mary for her hard work and dedication.

  • BY PAM LAU, COMMUNICATIONS CO-OP STUDENT, PUBLIC AFFAIRS, PICKERING NUCLEAR

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    On Thursday, May 19, 60 fresh-faced students piled into the third floor auditorium of 777 Brock Road, Pickering for the official orientation of the Summer term. BROUGhT IN AS APPRENTICES, NON-DEvELOPMENTAL ANDDEvELOPMENTAL STUDENTS, CO-OPS, AND INTERNS, ThEY WOULD SPEND ThE NExT fOUR TO 12 MONThS WORKING IN vARIOUS DEPARTMENTS AND LOCATIONS ACROSS OPG.

    Organized by Talent Management of Corporate human Resources, the event was an opportunity for new and returning students to meet one another and hear from a number of speakers about corporate-wide, site-specific and student-initiated activities.

    Paul Spekkens, vice President, Science and Technology Development at Pickering Nuclear, started off by welcoming the new students to the company. he disclosed secrets to a successful placement, such as not

    being afraid to ask questions in any event of uncertainty.

    Greg Jackson, Director of Con-ventional Safety followed with an explanation of OPGs safety-centric corporate culture. he emphasized the need to perform safe practices both in and outside of the workplace.

    Edward Zhang, Membership and Networking Chair of North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) Durham Chapter, listed opportu-nities to get involved, socialize, and network with other employees.

    Tara Kimberley, Site Communi-cations Officer at Public Affairs, Pickering Nuclear, wrapped up the speeches with an overview of the companys nuclear systems and operations.

    An icebreaking activity helped students find out about each others interests and plan for future get-togethers.

    Students left feeling equipped with the resources needed to make the most of their time at OPG, mak-ing some new friends along the way.

    OPG 101

    STUDENTS START OFF THE SUMMER TERM

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    On Wednesday, June 15, 40 students from various groups at OPG got together and explored the Nanticoke Generating Station.

    Upon arrival, students were invited to an orientation session, where engineers gave interactive presentations on topics such as the process of electricity generation using fossil fuels.

    Before the tour could begin, students were split into groups and given personal protective equipment and a pre-job briefing.

    The tour aimed to lead students through the entire process of making electricity from scratch. Boilers are hung from the ceiling and stretch all 10 stories of the plant. Chunks of coal are crushed into fine powder and fed into the boilers to generate steam.

    Rotating turbines on the third floor of the Powerhouse are then turned by the steam to generate electricity.

    N A N T i CO k E G E N E R AT i N G S TAT i O N T O U R

    BY AORAN LI, PEY SYSTEM ENGINEERING INTERN, WESTERN USED FUEL DRY STORAGE FACILITY TECHNICAL SUPPORT, TIvERTON

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    Students were also fascinated to find that these complicated and interlinked processes are closely monitored and controlled by Thermal Operators in the control room.

    The final stop at the top mezzanine level truly left a memorable impression. Many gazed in awe at the expansive view, realizing the importance of generating power in a responsible and environmentally-friendly manner.

    The tour concluded with a closing presentation from Jeff hansen, Asset Manager. hansen emphasized the impacts that phasing-out of coal

    usage might bring to the energy industry and the society as a whole. he also commented on the potential conversion to natural gas as well as biomass electricity generation and the opportunities and challenges associated with it.

    The tour was a great experience, especially being able to observe in person what we had learned in school. This is an exciting time to be in the energy industry to witness all the transitions to come.

  • ToronTo Blue Jays vs. BosTon red sox game BY BRENDAN KELLEY, NUCLEAR INTERN, ENGINEERING & TECHNICAL TRAINING, DARLINGTON AND STEPHANIE NG, HUMAN RESOURCES INTERN,TALENT MANAGEMENT, HEAD OFFICE

    ON fRIDAY, JUNE 10, ThE f IRST SOCIAL EvENT Of ThE SUMMER TERM KICKED Off ITS f IRST OUTING WITh A TRIP TO ThE ROGERS CENTRE TO WATCh ThE TORONTO BLUE JAYS BATTLE ThE BOS-TON RED SOx.

    STUDENTS fROM hEAD OffICE GAThERED AT ThE LOOSE MOOSE fOR PRE-GAME REfRESh-MENTS, WhILE ThE DARLINGTON AND PICKER-ING STUDENTS JOINED US AT ThE START Of ThE GAME.

    A TOTAL Of 14 STUDENTS, WhICh INCLUDED A fEW NON-OPG fRIENDS, LOOKED DOWN fROM ThE 200-LEvEL AS ShAWN GREEN, fORMER BLUE JAYS RIGhT f IELDER, ThREW ThE OPENING PITCh. fOR MANY, ThIS WAS ThE f IRST T IME GETT ING TOGEThER S INCE ThE STUDENT ORIENTATION IN MAY.

    ThE CROWD WAS SUPPORTIvE, ChANTING

    JOS, JOS, JOS! WhENEvER JOS BAU-T ISTA, POPULAR ThIRD BASEMEN AND RIGhT f IELDER, WAS UP AT BAT.

    ThE STUDENTS WERE IN hIGh SPIR ITS , EvEN JOINING ThE OThER SPECTATORS TO DO ThE WAvE.

    ALThOUGh ThE TORONTO BLUE JAYS fELL BACK EARLY, ThE GAME WAS CLOSE. DESPITE OUR BEST EffORTS ThE BOSTON RED SOx TOOK ThE GAME WITh A 5-1 WIN.

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    ryan brabant School: CAMBRIAN COLLEGEProgram: INDUSTRIAL MEChANICAL MILLWRIGhToPg Function: MEChANICAL MAINTENANCE APPRENTICE, P ICKERING NUCLEAR

    my oPg exPerience

    MY TIME AT OPG hAS BEEN ThE BEST WORK ExPERIENCE Of MY CAREER TO DATE. I WORKED AT ThE PICKERING LEARNING CENTRE (PLC) IN MEChANICAL MAINTENANCE, WhERE I WAS INvOLvED IN ThE WELDING, MAChINING, fABRICATION, R IGGING AND hOIST ING, AND DESIGNING Of vACUUM PUMPS. I ALSO TOOK S Ix CORE TRAINING COURSES fOR MEChANICAL MAINTENANCE APPRENTICES.

    my advice For Future StudentS

    BELIEvE IN YOURSELf; If YOU PERSEvERE AND TRY YOUR BEST YOU WILL SUCCEED. TAKE INIT IAT IvE AND MAKE YOURSELf STAND OUT fROM YOUR PEERS. If YOU ARE LOOKING fOR A GREAT LEARNING ExPERIENCE, WORK AT OPG.

    liFe outSide oPg

    ORIGINALLY fROM SUDBURY, I WAS A L IT TLE NERvOUS TO COME AND L IvE IN OShAWA. hOWEvER I vE ADJUSTED WELL TO ThE NEW ENvIRONMENT AND ENJOY ThE AREA. IN MY DOWNTIME I ENJOY hANGING OUT WITh MY fRIENDS AND PLAYING PAINTBALL .

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    the summer of 2011 marked the beginning of a thriving student-run initiative. over a span of two weeks in July, students, employees, families and friends alike gathered efforts to collect books for elementary, middle school and high school students in remote aboriginal communities.

    Previous efforts for book collection were highly successful, most notably in 2007 when co-op students and interns managed to place over 5,000 books in the hands of aboriginal youth.

    leaders quickly emerged from dar-lington, Pickering and Head office as students spearheaded their respec-tive mini-drive with the common goal of gifting high-quality used and new books to deserving youth across ontario. as the books poured in and the boxes piled higher and higher, one could clearly see the goodwill exuded by each employee and the desire to help give the gift of literacy to aboriginal youth.

    thanks to the generous and dedicated efforts of oPG staff, over 1000 books were collected.

    the majority of books were dis-tributed to aboriginal communities in lambton, nanticoke, northeast Plant Group, northwest Plant Group, ottawa and Kinkardine. Goodwill will also receive donations.

    BY RUPINDER BASSI , MANAGEMENT AND PROFESSIONAL TRAINEE, INTERNAL AUDIT, HEAD OFFICE

    Student charity book drivefor youTh in aBoriginal communiTies

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    for youTh in aBoriginal communiTies

    School: UNIvERSITY Of ONTARIO INST ITUTE Of TEChNOLOGY (UOIT)

    Program: MEChATRONICS

    oPg Function: INSPECTION MAINTENANCE SERvICES, NUCLEAR INTERN, P ICKERING

    my oPg exPerience

    I truly enjoyed my internship at fuel Channels, Inspection Maintenance Services (IMS). from day one, my manager and mentor consistently provided me with opportunities to gain professional engineering experience.

    My projects allowed me to work at my desk, in the laboratory, and in the station. I created maintenance procedures, test reports, and technical specificat