Luminant’s Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant is more than a workplace for Ron, Chris and Stephen Carver – it’s a family tradition. Dad Ron, who recently retired from the plant, leaves two sons to carry on his legacy: Chris, a systems engineer, and Stephen, a cyber-security intern.
In honor of Father’s Day, the Carvers share what it’s like to power Texas together.
What drew you to work at Comanche Peak?
Ron: After working for a utility during college at the University of Oklahoma, I was wooed by the idea of working with state-of-the-art equipment at a nuclear plant.
Chris: With the demand for power growing exponentially, there is a great need to maintain the current fleet of power plants, as well as construct future stations. Nuclear energy will play a large role as an available 24/7 option for large amounts of electricity that is both affordable and reliable.
Stephen: Cyber security is a passion of mine, and nuclear generation is a growing industry that cyber security is a huge part of. As the need for nuclear power evolves and grows, the need and importance of cyber security will grow, too. Since cyber security is something I’m really interested in, this internship is a great opportunity to test out if this it truly what I want to do with my life.
What’s life like at Comanche Peak?
Ron: It has been the people that have kept me at Comanche Peak, along with the excitement of solving a new problem for what seemed like each and every day. Comanche Peak has always excelled at working together to get a job done safely and at pulling together to solve problems.
Chris: I have worked at the plant full time for three years in system engineering, with three summer internships prior to that in various departments. Comanche Peak is a safety-first operating plant. Everyone here truly believes in the safety culture and practices what they preach. The people at Comanche Peak are what make this a great place to work. It has a family atmosphere where everyone cares for one another.
Stephen: Not only was this internship a great opportunity for me to learn and get some hands on experience, it was a great opportunity to work with my family and friends. There are a lot of great people who work here at Comanche Peak! It is a great community who all look out for each other. I have only been here a few weeks, but I have already had some great opportunities to learn and help out.
What’s it like to work with family?
Ron: I was excited to see both of my sons get the opportunity to work here with me and to show them off. I’m very proud of them. I was also a little selfish in wanting to keep them living close by. Luminant has helped in both areas.
Chris: With my dad working here, I had the opportunity to visit the site several times and experience Comanche Peak’s safety culture at home. My dad is a huge part of the man I am today and growing up with that safety culture made me want to work at a place that exhibited those same values.
Stephen: Seeing my dad work here has influenced me in many ways. I grew up learning about nuclear power and have always enjoyed learning about it. Now with my internship, I am getting to learn even more. Since I grew up in the area, it’s great getting to work with my friends and my friend’s parents who work here, too.
Ron, Chris and Stephen are planning spend time together as a family and fire up the grill for a home-cooked meal this Father’s Day.