The Perfect Semi-Retired Job (I’m Hiring!)

What makes a semi-retired job great?  There are a few factors.  Primarily it should not last all year, because if it does, then you aren’t semi-retired.  It should also not require you to live in any specific place. It shouldn’t be too physically demanding, and it should pay well.  Nuclear contacting fits all of these boxes.

Currently I am hiring for dozens of positions for a refueling outage at the DC Cook plant in Michigan. Visit my site at for more info and to apply.  Our company is starting at $20 an hour with most people working 60 hour weeks for about 5 weeks between late March and early May.  In addition to the hourly rate we also pay a Per Diem of $110 per day. This is tax free money for anyone who lives greater than 50 miles from the plant and incurs dual expenses. For those who qualify for Per Diem we also pay mileage of 56 cents per mile travel in and travel out.  No experience is necessary.

Not counting Per Diem, someone who works this job stands to earn around $8,000.  For someone who is living primarily off of 401k withdrawals $8,000 represents $200,000 in 401K balance needed to supply $8,000 at a 4% withdrawal rate. We also have another job in the fall, so if someone worked both jobs it would be the same as having $400,000 in retirement accounts. A temporary job like this allows you to still have 45 weeks of the year off but to offset a decent chunk of your expenses, therefore reducing the need to withdrawal from retirement accounts.

Of course this is a great opportunity for early retirees, but is also great for anyone who doesn’t want to have a full time year round job.  With nuclear contracting there are opportunities to work short jobs and long jobs.  I’ve had jobs as short as 7 days and as long as 6 weeks.  Some of my friends work jobs that last for several months.

Basic Requirements:

  • 18 and older
  • GED / High School diploma
  • ability to pass drug test (including marijuana)/background check
  • ability to walk up stairs (50 feet of stairs to get to our job site)
  • ability to lift 40 pounds repeatedly
  • pass all site training (study guides available at the website)

Future work:

The first job is about getting started.  Rates can quickly improve at our company and at others.  I’ve had jobs ranging from $16/hr up to $45/hr. and working up to 84 hours a week, once again on short assignments.

Working this job is a great way to get your foot in the door with nuclear power.  With our company rates increase over time, especially for those who take on more responsibility.  Many contract companies are looking to only hire people with nuclear experience.  Once you do this job you have that experience.  Ice Condenser workers have gone on to be leaders throughout the industry doing jobs from Refuelling, Dry Cask Storage, Steam Generators, Millwrights, Carpenters, Project Managers, Security, I+C, Operations, Safety, and more.

Working contract jobs at nuclear power plants is a great way to build the work life balance you want.

Visit for more information and to submit a Resume!


John C. started Action Economics in 2013 as a way to gain more knowledge on personal financial planning and to share that knowledge with others. Action Economics focuses on paying off the house, reducing taxes, and building wealth. John is the author of the book For My Children's Children: A Practical Guide For Building Generational Wealth.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *