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Memorandum
To: Ryan J. Marks
From: Asset Makhambetov
Subject: Job Application Package for AREVA
Date: March 6, 2014
AREVA Internship during summer of 2014 as Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) Engineer
AREVA is an innovative and leading company in the nuclear power industry around the world.
AREVA provides comprehensive nuclear engineering services and fuel assemblies for many
reactor designs. Additionally, the company develops and constructs nuclear power plants and
research reactors.
Job Description:
The position the company is offering is focused on the development and design of commercial
nuclear fuel for Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR). The job description states that a candidate
would be assisting experienced engineers with different types of computer simulations for
analysis and further testing of reactor fuel. There are two types of simulations: neutronics and
thermo-hydraulics. The neutronic calculations model fission processes and the behavior of
neutrons, which causes the fissions, in the reactor core. The thermo-hydraulic analyses
concentrate on the thermodynamic aspect of the fuel performance. To fulfill safety requirements,
both of the simulations have to be done on any fuel that is being put into a reactor core. In other
words, those types of simulations predict a fuels behavior and help to prevent a nuclear
accident. Therefore, the position would require proficiency with specific computer applications
and exceptional communication skills.
Audience and Rhetorical Analyses:
There are explicit requirements for the position listed in the job description. Moreover, the
applications would be sent to a specific person, a technical recruiter, who would evaluate the
candidates. Therefore, I need to develop my application package to satisfy the listed criteria.
Both the cover letter and the rsum first present my academic performance at The Pennsylvania
State University, because it covers most of the requirements of the position. I have taken the
relevant courses on the neutronic and thermal hydraulic analyses. Additionally, I describe my
familiarity with computer codes that the company is using for their simulations. In the rsum, I
emphasize my computer proficiency and ability to use the important applications. Besides my
academic progress, I also describe my work experience to show that I have honed my practical
proficiency. I state several skills, which I have acquired while working at Breazeale Nuclear
Reactor to show that I have the appropriate communication and procedural compliance skills.
Furthermore, I demonstrate my determination and ability to progress by showing, in the rsum,
that I became a licensed senior reactor operator, after starting as a reactor intern. At the end of
my rsum, I include my most notable honors, awards, and social activities. The last part should
prove that I am a suitable well-rounded candidate for the position.

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AREVA Advertisement
Intern - PWR Core Engineering (ENG01458 - TLL-LYH-MAY)-ENG01458
Company Description
With manufacturing facilities in 41 countries and a sales network in more than 100, AREVA offers
customers reliable technological solutions for CO2-free power generation and electricity transmission
and distribution. We are the world leader in nuclear power and the only company to cover all industrial
activities in this field. Our 61,000 employees are committed to continuous improvement on a daily
basis, making sustainable development the focal point of the groups industrial strategy. AREVAs
businesses help meet the 21st centurys greatest challenges: making energy available to all, protecting
the planet, and acting responsibly towards future generations.
AREVA NP, an AREVA and Siemens company, is dedicated to nuclear power around the
world. AREVA NP provides comprehensive engineering, instrumentation and control, nuclear
services, heavy component manufacture, modernization, fuel assemblies for many reactor designs,
including those supplied by other vendors, and the development and construction of nuclear power
plants and research reactors. AREVA NP is headquartered in Paris with principal subsidiaries in the
U.S. and Germany. In the company, AREVA has a 66 percent share and Siemens 34 percent. AREVA
NP has a total workforce of approximately 14,000 worldwide.
Position Description
As you work closely with a team of more experienced engineers, you will gain a wide perspective on
the development and design of commercial nuclear fuel for Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR). You
will assist with:
Preparation and benchmarking of core neutronic simulator models
Establishing neutronic designs for reload fuel assemblies and reload cores
Preparation of core thermal-hydraulic simulator models, performance of fuel rod mechanical
design analyses
Performance of neutronic and thermal-hydraulic analyses to support safety analyses and plant
operations
Preparation of reload safety evaluation reports
Preparation of plant operations data reports
Preparation of data to support plant core monitoring systems
After work you will enjoy all that Central Virginia has to offer. From beautiful Smith Mountain Lake
to the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains you can hike, mountain bike, snowboard and water ski to your
hearts content. You'll avoid the traffic hassles of a major city, while being in driving distance to many
of the major cities, beaches and attractions along the mid-Atlantic coast. Take in a minor league
baseball game or one of the many festivals in the region. Our Young Generation Nuclear group hosts
numerous social and professional development events that will allow you to quickly build relationships
and advance your career.
Group Overview
PWR Engineering performs neutronic fuel and core design; performs neutronic analysis of the reactor
core to support mechanical analyses, safety analyses and plant operations; performs thermal-hydraulic
and thermo-mechanical analysis of the fuel and core design for mechanical and safety criteria,
including evaluation of critical heat flux during normal operation and transient events; provides core
monitoring system updates; provides on-site support during unit startup; develops neutronic and
thermal-hydraulic codes and methods to support the reload fuel analyses; coordinates thermal-hydraulic
testing of new fuel designs; and provides support for other AREVA organizations such as new reactors.
Qualifications
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All candidates must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for
this temporary Intern opportunity. Candidates who exceed minimum qualifications may be
considered for a higher level position.
Working towards a BS or MS in Nuclear Engineering. Students working towards a BS or MS
in Mechanical Engineering with a strong background in thermal hydraulics may also be
considered
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Fundamental computer skills (Word, Excel)
Ability and attitude to learn a variety of new procedures, processes, and tools, while
maintaining various stages of production
Ability to begin work in May 2014
The following requirements are desired and will be used to differentiate all candidates who apply
for this position.
Familiarity with any of the following applications: C programming, CASMO, SIMULATE,
PRISM, NEMO, PHOENIX, ANC, COBRA, VIPRE
Demonstrated leadership skills
Key Competencies
Problem Solving, Functional/Technical Skills, Customer Focus, Time Management, Action Oriented,
Intellectual Horsepower, Technical Learning, Peer Relationships
Job ENGINEERING
Primary Location NORTH AMERICA-United States-Virginia-Lynchburg - OFR
Organization FUEL
Please submit your application to
TRAVIS L. GRIFFIN
Technical Recruiter
Office of University Relations
AREVA - North America
AREVA, 3315 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501



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10 Vairo Blvd., Apartment 241B
State College, PA 16803
March 6, 2014
Travis L. Griffin, Technical Recruiter
Office of University Relations
AREVA North America
AREVA, 3315 Old Forest Road
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Dear Mr. Griffin:
I am interested in the PWR Core Engineer Internship that was recently published on the
companys website. The description of the job is fascinating, and I would like to apply for the
position. I believe that I could become a valuable asset to the company, due to my academic
performance at The Pennsylvania State University, and hands-on experience I have received
while working at Breazeale Nuclear Reactor.
I am a senior in B.S. Nuclear Engineering program in The Pennsylvania State University, with
expected graduation in December 2014. I have a cumulative GPA of 3.49, and an in-major GPA
of 3.46. Throughout the courses I have taken, I have gained a solid background of knowledge in
neutronics and thermo-hydraulics. During Experiments in Reactor Physics (Nuc E 451) class, I
learned the basics of the MCNP 6.0 application in terms of writing and running a specified input
deck. For my senior design project, I am designing a refueling pattern for the Gator Lake PWR
reactor, which requires both ANC and Sub-channel Analysis Codes to calculate needed
operational and safety parameters.
Furthermore, I am a licensed Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) at Breazeale Nuclear Reactor on
the universitys campus, where I have been working for two years. At this reactor, I have gained
the appropriate skills in procedural compliance, problem solving, and handling radioactive
materials. Sustaining my GPA and qualifying as SRO helps me improve my time management
skills. Thus, due to these factors, I believe that I am a suitable candidate for the internship
opportunity.
The enclosed rsum provides an overview of my education and experience. Would it be
possible to meet with you in person, at your convenience, to discuss my qualifications for the
position? If you have any further questions about my application, please call me throughout the
day at (814) 777-5255 or contact me at aim5408@psu.edu at any convenient time. I hope to
discuss my application with you personally.
Sincerely,

Asset Makhambetov
Enclosure (1)

Asset Makhambetov The Pennsylvania State University
B.S. Nuclear Engineering, Class of 2014
10 Vairo Blvd., Apartment 241-B, State College, PA 16803 || Cell (814) 777-5255 || E-mail aim5408@psu.edu
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Objective: To obtain an internship position in the area of PWR Core Engineering.
Education: The Pennsylvania State University
Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering (in progress)
Cumulative GPA: 3.49 Major GPA: 3.46
Expected Graduation Date: December 2014
Relevant Courses: I have taken courses that covered heat transfer, thermal hydraulics,
neutron transport, radiation detection, and laboratories associated with
these subjects.
Work Experience:
Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, University Park, PA 16802 Phone: (814) 865-6351
! Licensed Senior Reactor Operator August 2013 Present
Supervised and administered safe operations in the facility.
Reviewed and wrote procedures for the reactor operations.
! Licensed Reactor Operator October 2012 August 2013
Operated the reactor for research, education, and training purposes.
Performed maintenance on the reactor systems and components.
! Reactor Intern / Auxiliary Operator February 2012 October 2012
Handled fuel elements during outage: the core (dis)/assemble and the fuel shuffle.
Helped with outreach programs and guided open house tours.
Skills:
Computer Proficiency:
! Capable to program on C++ and MATLAB.
! Proficient in coding on MCNP 6.0 and ANC.
! Skilled user of Microsoft Office.
Languages: English, Kazakh (native), Russian (fluent).
Honors/Awards:
! NRC Licensed Senior Reactor Operator (# SOP-70744) August 2013
! NRC Licensed Reactor Operator (# OP-71126) October 2012
! International Scholarship of the President of Kazakhstan May 2009 Present
(Competitive program that completely covers tuition and living expenses)
! Gold Medal for Outstanding Learning in High School June 2008
(Top 5% of all high school graduates in Kazakhstan)
Activities:
! Member of American Nuclear Society Penn State Chapter September 2013 Present
Engaged in preparation for ANC Student Conference at Penn State
! Member of Kazakhstani Student Association February 2011 Present
Planned and organized cultural and social events


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Memorandum
To: Ryan J. Marks
From: Asset Makhambetov
Subject: Job Application Package for Argonne National Laboratory
Date: March 6, 2014
Argonne National Laboratory Internship in Radiation Detection Technology, summer of 2014
Argonne National Laboratory is interdisciplinary science and engineering complex, which hosts
groundbreaking research projects and state-of-the-art technology achievements. It has 15
scientific divisions, one of which is nuclear engineering research division.
Job Description:
In the job advertisement, the laboratory offers three job opportunities: development of a system
that detects and traces a radioactive material, evaluation of portal radiation monitors, and
simulations of radiation interaction with matter. I am applying for the second offer, which is
described in the announcement as the review and assessment of testing of portal monitors,
hand-held radioisotope identifiers, and radiological search equipment. The job would be mostly
associated with calibration and properness of operations of the radiation monitors.
Audience and Rhetorical Analyses:
The job advertisement provides specific contact information for the application review. The
person of contact is the program manager, who works at the Radiological Detection and
Response department. Although the announcement does not identify the job requirements, I
believe that this position requires knowledge of different types of radiation characteristics,
practical experience on specific equipment and software. Therefore, I need to develop my
application package to meet with the criteria. Both the cover letter and the rsum first points out
my academic performance at The Pennsylvania State University, because my strongest expertise
comes from the knowledge of the field, rather than my work experience. I have taken the
relevant courses on the radiation detection, measurement, and radiological safety. Additionally,
in the cover letter and rsum, I emphasize my prior usage of specific computer applications that
could be used at the job. Then, I describe my work experience to show that I sharpen my
practical skills as well. The description is done in the similar manner as for the first job
application. At the end of my rsum, I include my most notable honors, awards, and social
activities. The last part should prove that I am well rounded and a suitable candidate for the
position.


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ANL Advertisement

RADIATION DETECTION TECHNOLOGY

Advanced radiation detectors and integrated systems are required for both basic science missions and
for applied research in such areas as national security. These activities entail the development of
advanced gamma ray and neutron detectors and require physics, nuclear engineering, electrical
engineering, computer science, or computer programming support in the following areas:

! fast and thermal neutron detectors for detection of nuclear materials,
! development of algorithms for gamma spectroscopy,
! electronics design for small detector packages,
! computer modeling of neutron and gamma radiation transport,
! computer simulations of radiation detector response, and
! development and assessment of advanced signal processing algorithms.

We are currently looking for a few students to support specific projects during the summer of 2014.
Specific opportunities include:

1. Supporting the development of an integrated system for the detection and tracking of moving
sources in real-time. The student will work on different aspects of the project depending on
their expertise and interest. Topic areas can include algorithm development and testing,
software development, process modeling and human factors issues, physics modeling, or
wireless communications.

2. The review and assessment of testing of portal monitors, hand-held radioisotope identifiers,
and radiological search equipment.

3. Radiation transport modeling and scoping calculations for advanced gamma-ray and neutron
detection systems. This includes design and modeling of spectrometry systems and directional
detection schemes for prototype systems. The student must have some experience with MCNP.

If you are interested in any of these projects and have questions, feel free to contact the program
manager.

Contact:
Dr. Raymond Klann
klann@anl.gov
Phone: 630-252-4305


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10 Vairo Blvd., Apartment 241B
State College, PA 16803
March 6, 2014
Dr. Raymond Klann
Radiological Detection and Response Manager
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
9700 S. Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439
Dear Dr. Klann:
I am writing in response to an announcement, which I received through ANS newsletter, that the
ANL is looking for few students for the summer of 2014 to support several projects. Would it be
possible for you to consider me for a job associated with review and assessment of portal
radiation monitors? I believe that my academic knowledge and practical experience I have
acquired in the past two years qualify me for the position.
I am a senior in B.S. Nuclear Engineering program in The Pennsylvania State University, with
expected graduation in December 2014. I have a cumulative GPA of 3.49, and an in-major GPA
of 3.46. Throughout the courses, I have gained a solid background of knowledge in radiation
detection and measurement equipment. I have worked with Single / Multi-Channel Analyzers,
gas filled detectors, and semiconductor scintillators. In Radiation Detection (Nuc E 450) class, I
learned techniques in determination isotopic composition of a material, based on spectroscopic
analysis, and used Genie 2000 Spectroscopy System. During Experiments in Reactor Physics
(Nuc E 451) class, I learned the basics of the MCNP 6.0 application in terms of writing and
running a specified input deck.
Furthermore, I am a licensed Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) at Breazeale Nuclear Reactor at the
university, where I have been working for two years. At this reactor, I have gained the
appropriate skills in procedural compliance, maintenance and calibration of radiation measuring
equipment. Moreover, I developed good time management skills, because I have combined
proficient performance at work and at school, by being able to get qualified as SRO and
sustaining my GPA. Thus, due to these factors, I believe that you can find me as a suitable
candidate for the job opportunity.
Detailed information about my education and experience is included to the letter as an enclosure.
Would it be possible to meet with you in person, at your convenience, to discuss my
qualifications for the job position? If you have any further questions about my application, please
call me during the daytime at (814) 777-5255 or contact me at aim5408@psu.edu at any
convenient time. I would be glad to discuss my application with you personally.
Sincerely,

Asset Makhambetov
Enclosure (1)
Asset Makhambetov
Address: 10 Vairo Blvd., Apartment 241-B, State College, PA 16803
Cell: (814) 777-5255 E-mail: aim5408@psu.edu
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