September 15, 2014
Aiken, S.C. - Savannah River Remediation (SRR), the liquid waste contractor at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS), has begun hiring military veterans as part of a new educational cooperative program. The first veterans have arrived.
Acknowledging the value that many veterans have obtained through their service to the country, SRR is providing qualifying veterans part-time paid developmental jobs in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). These part-time jobs could result in full-time employment, according to Scott Brown, SRR Veteran Affairs Coordinator, who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army in 2011 after 25 years of service.
"SRR recognizes that U.S. veterans are special. By being in the military they have received action oriented training in leadership, have succeeded in a command structure, and are results driven," said Brown, a 1986 graduate of The Citadel. "We want to utilize their special talents and experience in STEM related fields in hopes of finding full-time employees that can assist SRR in completing its liquid waste mission at SRS."
SRR has committed to up to five part-time positions per semester with each veteran working about 20 hours a week while attending a degree granting institution in the Central Savannah River Area, such as Aiken Technical College and the University of South Carolina Aiken.
The veterans also must have received an honorable service discharge, be a participant in the Post 9/11 GI Bill era, have completed at least two successful concurrent semesters of study and be a STEM subject major.
A selection committee comprised of SRR senior managers will select the candidates to be hired for the positions. Selection consideration involves the applicant's grade point average and results from the interview.
"SRR's veterans program is in line with the growing national 'Helmets to Hardhats' initiative whereby companies assist military veterans transition back into the workplace with meaningful employment," Stuart MacVean, SRR President and Project Manager, said. "We are very proud to be a part of this movement and excited for our newly hired military veterans."
SRS, located near Aiken, S.C., is owned by DOE. The SRS Liquid Waste contract is managed by Savannah River Remediation, a team of companies led by URS Corporation, with partners Bechtel National, CH2M HILL and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, EnergySolutions and URS Professional Solutions.
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