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Kasia Carisse

Control Room Supervisor (Nuclear Power)
Ontario Power Generation
Kasia Carisse devant un panneau de commandes

Kasia Carisse with control panel in background.

Kasia Carisse devant un panneau de commandes

Kasia Carisse with control panel in background.

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I supervise the main control room at Pickering Nuclear Generating Station.

About me

I was born/grew up in: Toronto, Ontario

I now live in: Port Hope, Ontario

I completed my training/education at: I have a Bachelor of Nuclear Engineering and a Master’s in Nuclear Engineering both from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology

What I do at work

I supervise all of the operations in the main control room of a nuclear power plant in Pickering, Ontario. This includes making technical decisions for the safe operation of equipment. I also observe the panel operators to make sure they do their work without making mistakes.

My background is in Nuclear Engineering. This gives me the base knowledge for performing my job. I am licensed as an engineer in the province of Ontario. My engineering background helps me solve problems in a methodical way.

We work as a team in the control room. This team includes the panel operators, the field operators, and all of the talented trade workers (electricians, mechanics, etc.) who perform work in the nuclear power plant.

My career path is

I did not expect to be doing this job when I was in high school. While I was in high school, I did have an interest in math and science. This led me to pursue an engineering degree. I chose nuclear engineering because I found it unique. I also felt it was a good potential career for my future. I was right! After I graduated, I started working with Ontario Power Generation. After I worked here for a couple of years, I completed my Master’s in Nuclear Engineering. Over the years, I’ve taken on new roles with greater responsibility.

I am motivated by

I enjoy solving technical problems. My job gives me a sense of satisfaction and appreciation for the wonder of nuclear technology. I also enjoy having a role in the development of our control room operators and field staff.

How I affect peoples’ lives

I have a direct role in making carbon-free electricity in the province of Ontario. I help provide clean, safe, and efficient electricity for people to use.

Outside of work I

I enjoy board games and video games to help me relax.

My advice to others

Work hard, and enjoy what you do!

When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Math
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Computer Science
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Liked helping people
  • Organized activities for my friends
  • Played video games
  • Wasn't sure what I wanted to do
  • Learned best “by doing”

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