Raeann Ouderkirk

  • Major: Nuclear Technology
  • High School: Mexico, class of 2016

Raeann Ouderkirk is on the brink of beginning a career in the nuclear industry. It’s a career which was recommended to her by an annual visitor to her family’s home in Oswego County. “We have a friend who is a contractor for nuclear plants who is always moving around. Every summer he would come and stay at our house while he was working at the local plants. He suggested I go into nuclear. We checked it out and I decided to try it out.”

Ouderkirk came to OCC in the fall of 2016 and has excelled in the Nuclear Technology major. Last summer she was selected for an internship at Nine Mile Point nuclear facility. During her two months there she spent time in electrical maintenance, mechanical maintenance, instrument and control maintenance, and operations.

Ouderkirk will earn her degree in May. She hopes to get a job at Nine Mile working in electrical maintenance or instrument and control maintenance. “I’m very satisfied with where I’m heading. I would tell anyone interested in Nuclear Technology to be prepared to study every minute of the day and ask questions when you’re confused.

You can learn more about the College’s Nuclear Technology program here.