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Brian Benoit

Brian Benoit
Nuclear Plant Operator/Volunteer Firefighter

Brian Benoit is a senior reactor operator-control room supervisor for Entergy Nuclear Northeast’s James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba.

Benoit, 28, resides in Palermo.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in engineering management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

He is a member of Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honor society, where he served as vice president and treasurer.

Benoit considers earning his NRC senior reactor operator license and being the youngest licensed operator on site as being among his most significant accomplishments.

“I strive to be the best at every task that I attempt,” he said. “I also attempt to learn something from each task that I perform. The desire to always be learning and improving has already allowed me to exceed certain professional goals long before I thought that I would,” he said.

While working for Westinghouse Electric Co., Benoit participated in several collaborative projects to develop new tooling and procedures for first-of-a-kind inspections to ensure the safety of operating nuclear power plants with teams of engineers.

Benoit is a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Palermo Volunteer Fire Department and is also an EMS volunteer with Special Olympics in New York.

“I have participated in three lengthy extrication activities that potentially saved the lives of three different individuals after serious motor vehicle accidents,” he said.

“It is a powerful thing to be able to help people in their hour of need. Many times when I interact with people through the fire department, I am seeing them in the worst moment of their lives,” he said. “I have an opportunity to help them through that situation.”