Consolidated Nuclear Security, the government’s managing contractor at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants, is hiring hundreds of workers to meet “mission needs” at the two facilities in Tennessee and Texas.
According to a 90-day plan released recently by Morgan Smith, who assumed the positions of president and CEO at the first of February, CNS plans to hire more than 300 people in the next three months. That’s part of an overall goal of hiring more than 1,100 new employees in Fiscal 2016. In a separate message, CNS noted that it was “actively recruiting” for more than 900 new job openings.
The breakdown of new jobs by site is not yet available, but the hiring emphasis is reportedly more on Pantex at the current time. Both plants are hiring significant numbers.
In his 90-day plan, Smith said the goal is to hire and retain “the right people with the right skills” through a “revitalized hiring and retention process.”
Details of the mission needs that are driving the hiring by the National Nuclear Security Administration’s contractor are not available, but plans to accelerate the dismantlement of old nuclear weapons is at least part of the picture.
Pantex does the initial disassembly of warheads after they are retired from the nuclear arsenal, and Y-12 later dismantles parts and recycles materials from the components that were originally manufactured in Oak Ridge — notably the second-stage parts made with highly enriched uranium.
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