April 13, 2016
Aiken, S.C. -- Students from Barnwell County Career Center (BCCC) recently visited the Savannah River Site (SRS) to learn about their future career field in welding from experienced Savannah River Remediation (SRR) welding professionals.
The welding students spent a day away from BCCC, a multi-district Career Center with programs designed to help students begin training in their career path of choice, to tour the liquid waste facilities at SRS. The students spent time with a group of SRR welding professionals and managers to learn what it is like on the job as a welder at SRS.
The students visited a welding shop in H tank farm, one of two “tank farms” at SRS that contain a total of 36 million gallons of high-level radioactive waste. While at the welding shop, the students were instructed on what it takes to pass an initial welding exam, shown examples of different types of acceptable welds performed at SRS, and given practical professional development guidance on obtaining a job after high school graduation.
The information shared with the students was passed from generations of welders with significant expertise at SRS, according to Brandon Witt, SRR Construction Manager.
“The knowledge transferred to the students during their visit was invaluable,” Witt said. “The team of welders shared guidance from years of professional and personal experience that will help guide the students when they begin making career decisions.”
Supporting education in the surrounding communities is a core value for SRR, said Mark Schmitz, SRR Acting President and Project manager, and a personally important part of his job; a passion he shares with other SRR employees.
“SRR recognizes the need to transfer knowledge and equip the next generation of students who will eventually become part of our workforce,” Schmitz said. “Our workforce is made up of many parents to high school-age children, myself included, and sharing our experience at SRS is one of the best part of our jobs.”
SRR also received the VPP Legacy of Stars recognition, which distinguishes a company that has excelled in outreach and mentoring in VPP, and has demonstrated sustained excellence in worker safety and health. This is the fourth such award received by SRR and the legacy SRS liquid waste company. SRR is one of just two contractors in the DOE complex to have received four Legacy of Stars awards.
SRS is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). SRR is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, EnergySolutions and URS Professional Solutions.
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