March 2009

Across TVA

Connecting with the best and the brightest

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TVA Staffing & Recruiting’s Vicki Blackburn explains how TVA’s technical-training programs work to an attendee at a recent TVA Career Fair in Huntsville, Ala. “We talk with attendees about how their background and education might fit with our programs,” Blackburn says. This year, TVA is seeking to fill about 1,700 positions, including experienced engineers, maintenance personnel with power-plant experience, power-plant operators and other positions in areas such as finance. The fairs highlight job opportunities in engineering, operations, environmental science, economic development and other fields. “We encourage new and recent graduates, experienced crafts people and professionals to come to the career fairs to learn more about TVA and the opportunities we have at locations throughout the Tennessee Valley,” says Susan Stout, senior manager in TVA Shared Resources.

Doing right for safety

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The Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Behavioral Based Safety Workers Against Risk Team and its site safety consultants have produced a Do-Right Trio, currently displayed in the West Portal. This display focuses on the importance of observations: how to learn from them, and how performance can be improved through coaching and reinforcing high standards. In the coming months, the mannequins will show other ways to work safer and error-free, such as keeping eyes on the path, wearing proper protective equipment and using human-error-prevention tools that are available. As the display is changed, the team will ask employees to identify what the Do-Right Trio needs to do differently to improve behaviors and potentially prevent injuries or errors. Those who identify needed improvements can enter a drawing for prizes.