Mr. Jack McHale is Chief of the Operator Licensing and Training Branch (IOLB), Division of Inspection and Regional Support, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR). His branch is responsible for establishing rules, standards, plans, and policy in the area of operator licensing; for the initial examination, licensing, and requalification programs for power reactor operator applicants and operators; and for oversight of regional implementation of the licensed operator program.
Prior to being assigned to IOLB in September 2009, Mr. McHale was Chief of the Component Performance and Testing Branch in NRR, which is responsible for evaluation of licensing actions and operating experience related to mechanical components (pumps, valves, diesel generators, dynamic pipe restraints) and regulatory issues associated with application of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Code for Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants (OM Code) for component inservice testing.
Before joining the NRC in 2006, Mr. McHale worked in the nuclear utility industry, where he held positions in the quality assurance, engineering and operations areas. He was licensed as a Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) and served as an on-shift Control Room Supervisor and Shift Technical Advisor (STA) at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. Mr. McHale began his career as a submarine officer in the U. S. Navy nuclear power program.
Mr. McHale is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.