Ask an NSO

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Ask an NSO

Postby ToyCopp » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:08 am

The purpose of this thread is to answer questions for applicants seeking employment as a Nuclear Security Officer in Ontario. Please keep in mind most questions will be dealing with power generation operators such as Ontario Power Generation and Bruce Nuclear. Unfortunately AECL and NB Power recruiting questions are slightly different so questions regarding AECL and NB Power should be inquired with a recruiter at the Chalk River Research Facility and NB Power HR.

A backgrounder on NSO’s;
Nuclear Security Officers in Ontario are designated as PEACE OFFICERS under the Ontario Public Works and Protection Act. Most staff are required to handle various types of use of force tools including firearms for the protection of staff and property and are expected to be physically and mentally fit. Currently, Ontario has 3 generating stations producing power for the province of Ontario. The Pickering GS and Darlington GS is operated by Ontario Power Generation Inc that is mostly invested by the Ontario Government.
Bruce Nuclear operates the Tiverton site which is on lease from OPG. Bruce is a leading power provider in Europe and is currently seeking to expand in the Canadian market.

Note: In the year 2020 the Pickering GS will be retired and taken out of service. Plans for this site are unknown but will remain a nuclear site forever in which will always need protection, just In case you’re wondering about job security.

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Re: Ask an NSO

Postby tpspastin#9 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:16 am

Forever huh? :P

So how is the hiring numbers looking lately. I know as of late OPG has been taking in quite a few people but has that leveled off yet?

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Postby 0010010 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:38 am

Are they currently hiring?

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Postby ToyCopp » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:08 pm

tpspastin#9 wrote:Forever huh? :P

So how is the hiring numbers looking lately. I know as of late OPG has been taking in quite a few people but has that leveled off yet?


We usually hire once or twice a year depending on our needs of staff that do internal moves or onto various police services. Recently we have been hiring a lot when we do recruiting calls to compensate for when DRPS moves out. We are presently staffed (or from what it looks like) to the numbers we would like to be at. But like I said were always going to be hiring but currently I don’t see us hiring in the numbers we did within the last 2 years.

0010010 wrote:Are they currently hiring?


As of right now, no. But we do every year and when that happens its posted on opg.com


Hoodwinkle wrote:wages?


The wages are extremely attractive in which makes it competitive with municipal police services and then some.
Currently NSO's are at the band 2 rate which can range from $25-$32 an hour for your base wage. (NSRF may be under review for band 3) That’s not including your shift, weekend and OT bonuses.

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Postby recceguy » Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:16 am

How do the tac teams work?....recruitment from the streets?.....or does one have to spend time as an NSO first?
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Postby ToyCopp » Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:46 am

recceguy wrote:How do the tac teams work?....recruitment from the streets?.....or does one have to spend time as an NSO first?


Generally the NSRF like to recruit from current serving Special Forces members from police and military. We have some guys that have been hired from the UK and all across Canada.
An NSO can apply internally to an NSRF position given that they can pass all the physical tests that are required. OPG is very generous to its internal employees.

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Postby TPS » Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:02 pm

Just curious can you take OT as you want it? For instance the way coppers do?
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Postby ToyCopp » Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:49 pm

TPS wrote:Just curious can you take OT as you want it? For instance the way coppers do?



The OT has been drying up a bit seeing how we are some what fully staffed. But before, it was going out to almost anyone that wanted it. And now that summer is here there is some coming up.
Our overtime works based on how many OT hours each officer has and usually the ones with no OT or very little get offered it first based on seniority. I’m not entirely %100 sure how it works but that’s what I was told. We go down the list accordingly and whoever is the first to respond gets it if no one with more seniority accepts it or calls back with in reasonable time.
I experienced this first hand. One of my coworkers is a dog for OT and usually pulls the grievance card if he doesn’t get it or will bitch that no one made an effort to call him enough when it goes to someone with less seniority.
When you get OT your meals are paid for by the employer (pick your choice of restaurants that deliver) and you get a choice to take the OT money on your pay or bank a day. Most people I know bank a day and then use it in the summer.

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Postby THE ONE » Thu Jun 17, 2010 3:56 pm

ToyCopp wrote:One of my coworkers is a dog for OT and usually pulls the grievance card if he doesn’t get it or will bitch that no one made an effort to call him enough when it goes to someone with less seniority.


ToyCopp,

It's not TG is it?? He still works there??
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Re: Ask an NSO

Postby ToyCopp » Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:49 pm

Hoodwinkle wrote:
ToyCopp wrote:[
Hoodwinkle wrote:wages?


The wages are extremely attractive in which makes it competitive with municipal police services and then some.
Currently NSO's are at the band 2 rate which can range from $25-$32 an hour for your base wage. (NSRF may be under review for band 3) That’s not including your shift, weekend and OT bonuses.


Low for LEO work but, guess high for security guard type of work.



That pay is just base rate. It most likely will go up to match what current LEO's make. The bonuses help alot such as shift premiums for working afternoons, nights, and weekends.

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Re: Ask an NSO

Postby hl_spec » Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:56 pm

There was a recent posting which expired on the 17th for Bruce Power nuc security...

Anyone else apply?

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Postby ToyCopp » Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:55 pm

hl_spec wrote:There was a recent posting which expired on the 17th for Bruce Power nuc security...

Anyone else apply?



Bruce is freaken hardcore man. Almost paramilitary like.

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Re: Ask an NSO

Postby bombardier » Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:29 pm

Next Batch for possible recruiting for O.P.G.-N.R.S.F. is August 2010 and testing is September 2010. The last one for the year is November 2010 and testing is December 2010.

p.s. Start running....


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