James Love, Licensing Engineer at Plant Hatch
How long have you been with the company and/or in this current role?
I have been with the company for almost 18 years. I have been in my current role since August 2019 – so, about a year and a half.
Give us a brief description of your job duties.
As the Plant Hatch Licensing Engineer, I serve as a regulatory conscience of the site with respect to maintaining the site design and licensing basis. I also prepare, review and submit various Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) correspondence, interface with NRC Residents and NRC Inspectors during site inspections, provide lead functional area support during NRC inspections and serve as the Commitments Coordinator.
What other roles have you had at Southern Nuclear / Southern Company?
Why and when did you become interested in the nuclear industry?
My interest in the nuclear industry or nuclear power began in kindergarten, when I visited Plant Hatch for the first time.
What do you think it takes to succeed in the nuclear industry?
Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance and Total Commitment
What are some obstacles you’ve faced on your journey to success?
An obstacle that I have faced on my journey to success is being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Professional growth, or growth in general, stems from being in uncomfortable situations. I have come to realize the only way for me to grow professionally is to step outside of my comfort zone and go where the demands are high and where there is pressure to perform.
What advice do you have for others who want to follow in your footsteps?
I would advise others to work hard and strive to meet expectations, communicate frequently, openly and effectively, and always be open to constructive feedback and act upon it.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
My opinion on Black History Month may be a little controversial, but I think that Black history shouldn’t be relegated to one month. I feel that it is time to end Black History Month and incorporate all the history and achievements of Black Americans into American history.
Was there a particular African American mentor, trailblazer, or historic figure whom you admired or who inspired you at some point in your life?
There were many historic figures and trailblazers who I have read about and admire for various reasons; however, my father was the figure I watched daily. He instilled in me the belief of hard work and in doing the job right the first time.