Generic Fundamentals training is the first step in becoming a reactor operator and is an introduction to the basic building blocks of the nuclear power plant. Students learn about the theory, construction and operation of plant components such as valves, pumps, heat exchangers, etc.
While this training is crucial for a sound foundation on which to build the remaining skills required to operate a nuclear power plant, the most basic and least efficient training methods1 are still being used to convey this very valuable information. The typical training program is usually based on classroom fundamentals, characterized by text books, lectures and PowerPoint presentations, all with basic and sometimes minimal visual support. Students also get to participate in plant walk-downs where they can get a glimpse of some of the equipment they are learning about.