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Mike Birk, Employee Concern Specialist – Wolf Creek

Our first In the Spotlight features Mike Birk , Chair of the NAECP Membership Advisory Committee (MAC). Each newsletter we will feature one of our members – so be ready to smile big!

Mike is an evaluation specialist in the Performance Improvement division at Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation. Wolf Creek operates a single-unit nuclear electric generating station in Burlington, Kansas. Mike is part of a team responsible for maintaining the Corrective Action Program at Wolf Creek. In addition, he is an employee concerns specialist and assists with assignments from the employee concerns program coordinator.
Mike joined Wolf Creek in 2004 as an armed response officer with the Security division. He moved into the Maintenance division, working as craft support for four years before he became a maintenance specialist, responsible for conducting cause evaluations for maintenance organizations.

Along with his normal job duties, Mike has qualifications in root cause analysis, apparent cause evaluations, procedure writing, work orders and fall protection. He’s a qualified instructor and participates in emergency response exercises as a media monitor.

Every 18 months, Mike assists with nuclear refueling outages as a containment coordinator and is part of a team that oversees all activities inside the reactor containment building. The team coordinates movement of hundreds of pieces of equipment used to refuel and conduct maintenance in or near the nuclear reactor.

Prior to his career in nuclear power, Mike spent 12 years as a residential carpenter, licensed in HVAC and electrical. He served in the Kansas Army National Guard field artillery from 1990 to 1998.

His wife of six years, Jennifer Birk, is a Maintenance supervisor at Wolf Creek. He has four children, Collin Birk, Hannah Birk, Tiffany Nelson and Chris Hopkins. Outside of work, Mike is a collector of miniature farm equipment models. He has a collection of more than 100 tractors, semi-trucks and buildings in 1:64 scale. Other hobbies include traveling with his family, hunting and fishing.
       

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