Consolidated Nuclear Security, the government’s managing contractor at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plant, has released some updated information about the hiring campaign taking place at the two plants.
According to a statement Tuesday, CNS plans to hire about 1,150 workers over the next 19 months “for production and operations workers, technical and non-technical trades workers, security personnel, administrative and support staff, as well as science, engineering and technology professionals.”
About 650 of the jobs will be filled at Pantex, with 500 of them at Y-12.
“We are leveraging our employees’ talents, embracing new ideas and innovation, and providing development and training for the existing workforce that will lead the effort to meet increased mission needs,” the Bechtel-led contractor stated.
At Y-12, the National Nuclear Security Administration has challenged the contractor to significantly increase the annual production of purified uranium metal to 1,000 kilograms, and that could be one of the drivers for the production hiring at the Oak Ridge plant. That level of production hasn’t been accomplished at Y-12 since 1991 and the end of the Cold War.
Both sites are under pressure to accelerate the dismantlement of nuclear warheads and components.
In regards to the hiring program under way, CNS said, “For new positions we are seeking qualified career professionals with valuable experience from other nuclear, Department of Energy, and Department of Defense operations facilities, yet continue to balance that with the successful local hiring we’ve had to date.”
There has been a wave of interest in the jobs, and CNS said candidates interested in Y-12 jobs need to register and apply at the Y-12 website. To apply for jobs at Pantex, people are asked to create a profile and apply for jobs at the Pantex website.
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