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First Class of SRMC Students Graduates Nuclear Training at Savannah River Site

AIKEN, S.C. (September 13, 2022) — The first 36 Nuclear Fundamentals Certificate students graduated from Savannah River Mission Completion’s (SRMC) training program this summer.

The program, a partnership between Aiken Technical College (ATC) and the Savannah River Site (SRS) liquid waste contractor, is SRMC’s first class in this new program.

SRMC’s training department is working with ATC and Apprenticeship Carolina to fill nuclear operator positions. Apprenticeship Carolina, a division of the South Carolina Technical College System, is a statewide program that works to attract new companies to the state and provide comprehensive workforce solutions to ensure they stay and grow there.

In the Nuclear Fundamentals Certificate program, the students took seven months of intensive training with courses in chemistry, physics, engineering, and radiation fundamentals, completing two college-level classes in an abbreviated semester. A strong grasp of each topic is critical to understanding how facilities operate at SRS.

SRMC President and Program Manager Dave Olson said recruiting and training the right people for these positions is crucial to the future of the site’s liquid waste program.

"These students have proven that they want to be an important part of the liquid waste team at SRS," said Dr. Olson. "We are extremely pleased to have this partnership with Aiken Technical College, which helps us strengthen our team while providing important job opportunities for the local workforce."

As part of the operator-related training, students participated in SRS regulatory courses, facility training, and other requirements. The workers attended two days of classes each week and worked at SRS the other two days.

ATC President Forest Mahan, Ph.D., says the college is an important link between businesses and students who seek a technical career.

"One of our goals is to partner with local businesses to develop a high-quality workforce to fill their job opportunities," Dr. Mahan said. "Nuclear fundamentals training opens the door for students to pursue a successful career in a growing industry."

The second group of employee trainees is scheduled to be hired and begin the certificate program in January 2023.

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.

Savannah River Mission Completion strengthened ties with Aiken Technical College as the school graduated the first class of Nuclear Fundamentals trainees this summer.


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