Are you fiercely proud, passionate, and protective when it comes to our nation and our way of life? Here’s your chance to do work that is courageous, dynamic, and essential to the general good.

Become a member of the Y-12 team.

Our Hiring Process

We believe that finding the perfect fit for your career is challenging enough—and that applying for a position should be easier by comparison. Which is why we’ve developed a hiring process designed to make your experience smooth and pleasant. Joining our team to do the important work at Y-12 may require a few more hiring steps than you’re accustomed to, such as receiving a security clearance. We think you’ll find it’s worthwhile to be part of an organization whose missions and work are uniquely satisfying.

here is how we hire

Once you’ve done your research and applied for a position online, we will review your credentials and may ask to interview you. Should you be interviewed, we will notify you as to whether we would like to make an offer. If we do and you accept, there are four processes you will experience on your way to beginning your new career with Y-12.

Background Check

Once you have accepted an offer of employment, our recruiting support staff will reach out to you to complete a background information and authorization form.

Physical & Drug Test

All employees must successfully complete a baseline pre-employment physical and drug test. We'll work with you to schedule them.

Security Clearance

Before or soon after your start date, you will begin the security-clearance process, if your new job requires it. Our Personnel Security team will walk you through it.

Start Date

When pre-employment screening is complete, our recruiting support personnel will contact you to establish a start date. This is the point at which we recommend giving notice to your current employer.

Next Steps After Hire

To ensure a smooth transition to our team, Y-12 has established a comprehensive onboarding process that will prepare you for success at our site. By the end of your first week, you'll meet your new teammates and begin one of the most important jobs of your career. Your onboarding will include the following information and procedures:


You’ll learn about our importance to the nation and your unique role in delivering our mission.


We’ll tell you all about our organizational culture and the values and principles that guide our actions.


We’ll help you complete new-hire paperwork, select benefits options, and receive IT equipment and computer accounts.


You’ll receive initial training and your site-access badge.

Reassurance about security clearances

Most positions at Y-12 require the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance. However, all qualified candidates are considered regardless of their current clearance status.

Consider our unique work setting

Smart phones, tablets, Bluetooth devices, personal laptops, and similar electronic communication devices are not permitted in most work areas due to the sensitive nature of our national security work. Our mission requires armed, uniformed security teams and access checkpoints.