AIKEN, South Carolina – The first 36 students to graduate from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) Savannah River Site (SRS) liquid waste contractor nuclear fundamentals certificate program this summer.
The program, a partnership between Aiken Technical College (ATC) and Savannah River Mission Completion (SRMC), is the entrepreneur’s first class in this new program.
SRMC’s Training Department works 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 aimed at attracting new businesses to the state and providing comprehensive workforce solutions to ensure let them stay there and grow.
As part of SRS’ Nuclear Fundamentals Certificate program, students underwent seven months of intensive training with classes in chemistry, physics, engineering, and basic radiation, completing two college-level courses in one semester. abbreviated. A good understanding of each subject is essential to understanding the operation of the facilities 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 management programme.
“These students have proven that they want to be an important part of the SRS Liquid Waste Team,” said Dave Olson, SRMC President and Program Manager. “We are extremely pleased to have this partnership with Aiken Technical College, which helps us strengthen our team while providing significant employment opportunities for the local workforce.”
As part of operator-related training, students participated in SRS regulatory courses, facility training, and other requirements. The workers attended classes two days a week and worked at the SRS the other two days.
ATC President Forest Mahan says his school serves as an important link between business and students seeking technical careers.
“One of the goals of a strong technical college like ours is to partner with businesses in our community to produce high-quality workers to fill their employment opportunities,” Mahan said. “Training in nuclear fundamentals will provide these students with a career level they may never have dreamed of reaching before.”
The second group of trainee employees is expected to be hired and begin the certificate program in January.