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This profile was last updated on 11/13/15  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Director of Quality Verification

Diablo Canyon Power Plant

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  • mechanical engineering program
    Cal Poly
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PG&E Employees | PG&E Currents, 13 Nov 2015 [cached]
While most engineers thrive while working with numbers, principles and designs, Pat Nugent, director of quality verification at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, is different. He is a "people" person.
Diablo Canyon Power Plant's ..., 22 Oct 2015 [cached]
Diablo Canyon Power Plant's Pat Nugent: A Different Kind of Engineer
In recognition of Nuclear Science Week, Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Diablo Canyon Power Plant spotlights Pat Nugent and how he works to make both the plant and the Central Coast community a better place.
While most engineers thrive while working with numbers, principles and designs, Pat Nugent, director of quality verification at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, is different. He is a "people" person. He enjoys the human interaction of making sure the plant's policies and practices are sound, conform to both Diablo Canyon standards and federal regulations, and protect its employees, the environment and the residents of the Central Coast.
Pat Nugent sees Diablo Canyon as a vital element in the effort to meet the state's energy needs while reducing its use of fossil fuels.
"I like working with people. I spent a lot of time in high school doing public speaking and I spent my youth as a Boy Scout - I'm an Eagle Scout. I've volunteered locally with the Boy Scouts in the past. I like working with people as much as most engineers probably enjoy working with numbers," said Nugent, who began working for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) while attending Cal Poly.
Nugent wasn't really aware of Diablo Canyon when he enrolled in the mechanical engineering program at Cal Poly in 1984. But over the following four years, he worked his way into a job as a groundman with a PG&E line crew and wound up with an internship at Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Station, a plant operated by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District from 1975 to 1989 that was not far from his hometown of El Dorado Hills.
About a year after that summer internship, Nugent sought out a faculty advisor to see if he could get a co-op job at Diablo Canyon. When he learned there were two spots available that hadn't been advertised, he "crashed the interview" and wound up with a position in regulatory services which fit him perfectly.
"It gave me the opportunity to not always be behind a computer doing calculations all of the time, but to use my understanding of engineering and engineering principles and system interactions with being able to work with people. And I really like that," he said.
He served in several positions in regulatory services including as a supervisor for five years and a manager for two years. He also served two-and-a-half years in mechanical systems engineering. In 2005, he was loaned by PG&E to the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations to work as a senior equipment reliability evaluator, a position he held for about 15 months.
When he returned to Diablo Canyon he served two years as a project engineering manager, three years as technical support engineering manager before taking over other projects. In June, he was appointed as the station's quality verification director.
Nugent sees Diablo Canyon, which produces nearly 10 percent of all the electricity generated in California and 20 percent of the electricity PG&E's customers use - free of greenhouse gas emissions - as a vital element in the effort to meet the state's energy needs while reducing its use of fossil fuels. He also sees the station and its employees as integral pieces of the Central Coast community.
"Diablo Canyon is the biggest single clean-electricity generating source in the state. PG&E is also the largest private employer in the county and that is due to Diablo Canyon. The people at the plant are a huge economic asset to the county," said Nugent, who has volunteered with several local organizations, donates his time as chief financial officer of a local nonprofit radio station, and is training coordinator for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department dive team.
Board of Directors | K-LIFE FM, 31 Dec 2014 [cached]
Pat Nugent
Pat is a project engineering manager for PG&E, and is active in men's ministry at his church, with a commitment to discipleship.
Pima Community College head football ..., 1 Nov 2013 [cached]
Pima Community College head football coach Pat Nugent turned in his letter of resignation on Nov. 15.
His resignation came just two weeks after a 38-22 win over powerhouse Arizona Western College on Nov. 2. The win improved Pima's record to 5-5, which represented the most season wins the Aztecs had under Nugent and the most wins under any coach since 2003.
"I'm glad we went out with a bang," Nugent said. "I told the Western coach the other day, I'm leaving just because I know I may never beat Western again."
In reality, Nugent said, five years of coaching at the community college level wore him down.
"This is a year-round job," he said.
"Nugent has put this program on the map," defensive backs coach Carter Jones said.
Several coaches from the Tucson area, and some from Nugent's staff, have expressed interest.
Nugent has endorsed two coaches, defensive coordinator Pat Ryden and defensive lines coach Jim Monaco.
Both coaches have been a part of Nugent's staff for several years and Nugent expressed complete confidence in their abilities to lead the football program.
Pima Community College ..., 18 May 2014 [cached]
Pima Community College football head coach Pat Nugent talks about his players during Pima Community Colleges football signing day, Monday February 9, 2009.
Since Pat Nugent resigned as Pima College's football coach in December, he has returned to teaching, at Cienega High School. That will create much speculation that Nugent will replace Nemer Hassey, the Bobcats' successful football coach, who said he will retire from coaching at the end of the 2014 season.
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