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Gary Corey, a Marine Corps veteran, examines the Shielded Canister Transporter with his supervisor, Karen Lesko. Corey is working with the Fire Protection Engineering group this summer as one of the Savannah River Remediation college interns.

Veteran Intern Pursuing Engineering Career with Help from Savannah River Remediation

June 25, 2014

AIKEN, S.C. – For many veterans, the transition from a military lifestyle to civilian life is often difficult. Gary Corey, however, is making his switch in stride.

Corey is one of the many military veterans currently employed by Savannah River Remediation (SRR). He is one of the SRR summer interns, working in Fire Protection Engineering and Procurement.

After actively serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years, Corey started a family and decided to attend the University of South Carolina Aiken. He then transferred to the University of South Carolina in Columbia to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. He is currently a junior.

Corey served in the Marine Corps from 2004 to 2012. He participated in the Unit Deployment Program in Iwakuni, Japan, served on the USS Enterprise and was deployed to Afghanistan, among other assignments.

As a summer intern at the Savannah River Site (SRS), Corey works in the Engineering Department where he is assigned to the Fire Protection Engineering group.

"Everyone that I work with is so helpful and talented," he said. "That's what I like most about my job. We work well together as a team."

Corey is working on Fire Protection Engineering Projects as part of the Fire Protection Engineering team. His main focus is working with maintenance to flag fire protection-related maintenance issues so they can be more easily reported as a separate maintenance category. This work involves close interface with the maintenance work groups within SRR. He is also supporting Fire Protection Engineering planned assessments, where, under the supervision of a qualified protection engineer, he assists with inspections of buildings to ensure fire code compliance.

"I spend most of my day learning about the maintenance process and determining how to identify the fire protection system deficiencies," he said.

According to Corey, his military training has positively affected his life not only as a student, but also as an employee. An emphasis on qualities such as discipline, focus and attention to detail has helped him transition smoothly into his civilian career.

"Having a military background has really improved my work ethic," he said. "I can work well in teams of people with varying personalities and mindsets. I've learned to become adaptable."

Karen Lesko, Corey's manager for the summer, described her intern as a self-starter.

"Gary works independently determining next actions and showing progress against milestones," said Lesko. "He has more than just engineering insight, which makes him a valuable team member."

SRR is the Liquid Waste contractor at Savannah River Site, which is owned by U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is a team of companies led by URS Corp. with partners Bechtel National, CH2M HILL and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions and URS Professional Solutions.

Point of Contact: Amy Joslin, Director of Public Affairs and Project Communications


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