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First Class of SRMC Apprentices from Denmark Technical College Graduates from Nuclear Fundamentals Apprenticeship Program

AIKEN, S.C. (June 17, 2024) — The inaugural group of Savannah River Mission Completion (SRMC) production operator apprentices to complete the Denmark Technical College (DTC) Nuclear Fundamentals training program was recognized in a May 16 ceremony.


SRMC, the Liquid Waste contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS), has been working with DTC and Apprenticeship Carolina to prepare new employees to fill crucial nuclear operator positions within the company. Operators are responsible for keeping their facility and its equipment in a safe working condition, including operating and monitoring equipment, taking readings, and adding chemicals when needed.


The new operators will be working in SRMC’s End Stream Delivery organization.


In the Nuclear Fundamentals Certificate program, the students completed seven months of intensive training with courses in chemistry, physics, engineering, and radiation fundamentals, completing two college-level classes in an abbreviated semester, while also receiving onsite apprenticeship learning in their assigned fields.


SRMC President and Program Manager Dave Olson said during their graduation that he was proud of the hard work the apprentices demonstrated to complete the program.


“Being a production operator at Savannah River Mission Completion is a highly skilled, specialized, and critical role,” Olson said. “So, it is important that our pipeline of new operators is steady, primed, and expertly trained to succeed.”


SRMC comprises parent company BWX Technologies, Inc. with partners Amentum and Fluor. Its team brings the capabilities necessary to accelerate cleanup at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site through safe nuclear operations, optimized and integrated mission execution, and strong corporate governance.

The inaugural group of Savannah River Mission Completion (SRMC) production operator apprentices from Denmark Technical College (DTC) has completed Nuclear Operator Apprenticeship Program. From left: SRMC Training & Emergency Management Manager Charles Lampley; End Stream Delivery (ESD) Deputy Operations Manager Thomas Skelley; ESD Operations Manager Matt McCoy; and graduates Stephon Brooks, Wylie McDaniel, Jalynn Ruff, Terrance Johnson, Chad McKee, Lowan Cooper, Tracy Wise; with ESD Training Lead Orra Gotz; ESD Facility Manager and Training and Procedures Manager Rodney Blackmon; and SRMC President and Program Manager Dave Olson. Not pictured: graduate Dominique Oakman.


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