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Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 12:39pm

Two tower cranes, which are 300 and 360 feet tall, will be used to move materials and equipment during construction of UPF.

Two tower cranes were installed early this year as part of the construction of UPF. The cranes, which are 300 and 360 feet tall, will be used to move materials and equipment during construction. Having high-capacity, stationary cranes within the footprint of the buildings gives UPF the ability to reach every spot in the construction zone. Using the cranes is more efficient and safer than moving materials manually. The cranes have been used to move rebar for the foundation of the Mechanical Electrical Building.

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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 7:06pm

In honor of Earth Day, Y12 displayed several sustainability booths in the Jack Case Center gallery April 19.In honor of Earth Day, Y12 displayed several sustainability booths in the Jack Case Center gallery April 19.

In honor of Earth Day, Y-12 displayed several sustainability booths in the Jack Case Center gallery April 19. Various on-site organizations, including the Uranium Processing Facility, Sustainability and Stewardship, Development, and the Energy Program, shared how they reduce and reuse. External organizations including the @national park service, @knoxsmarttrips, and @TennesseeWildlifeResourcesAgency also shared tips with employees. At the LiveWise booth, employees could donate used (and not abused) athletic shoes and eyeglasses.

The Aluminum Beverage Can Committee also selected four charities that will receive a $200 donation from proceeds made from recycling employees’ ABCs. The organizations selected are Free Medical Clinic in Oak Ridge, Koinonia Foundation of Tennessee, Remote Area Medical, and the Restoration House of East Tennessee.

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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 6:57pm

NNSA Administrator and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security Lisa Gordon-Hagerty toured several production buildings during her visit to the site. NNSA Administrator and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security Lisa Gordon-Hagerty toured several production buildings during her visit to the site.

NNSA Administrator and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security Lisa Gordon-Hagerty recently visited Y-12. During her visit, she met with CNS and NNSA Production Office senior leaders, toured several production buildings, and talked with CNS and NPO employees.

At an all-hands meeting held at New Hope Center, Gordon-Hagerty shared her top priorities: infrastructure, governance, leveraging capabilities, and teamwork.

She also got to meet with Calutron Girl Ruth Huddleston.

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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 6:16pm

From left: Glenn Pfennigwerth, Alan Moore, Morgan Smith, Lorelei Woods, and Vincent Lamberti at the 2018 CNS Fellows ColloquiumFrom left: Glenn Pfennigwerth, Alan Moore, Morgan Smith, Lorelei Woods, and Vincent Lamberti at the 2018 CNS Fellows Colloquium

CNS recently hosted its inaugural Fellows Colloquium at Y-12, and CNS President and CEO Morgan Smith called it a historic day. The forum was established to highlight CNS’s vital technical work and to honor its first four fellows for their vast technical knowledge and their abilities to mentor others.

“This is our declaration—that we are an organization that does work of tremendous scientific and technical significance for our nation, and this work requires the very best. It’s our most senior scientific and technical rank or title and connotes that we are engaged in activities that merit this level of personnel — equal to what occurs elsewhere in high-technology industries,” said Smith.

Glenn Pfennigwerth (Uranium Fellow), Alan Moore (Metallurgy), Vincent Lamberti (Y-12 Surveillance), and Lorelei Woods (Pantex Surveillance) were recognized as our strategic advisors and top mentors and were pinned by Smith. With a combined 143 years of experience, these fellows set the bar high. Each fellow presented the state of their area of expertise, and 18 other Pantex and Y-12 technical experts presented posters covering diverse areas of expertise — from explosives and advanced manufacturing to nonproliferation and lithium.

“The colloquium was vitally important to showcase the great technical work we do and to honor the individuals who are leading us into the future,” said Ashley Stowe, CNS Fellows program manager. “The excitement for staff at Pantex and Y-12 encourages me as we move forward and continue to grow an excellent technical staff. This is just the beginning, however; we are already looking forward to hosting the 2019 colloquium at Pantex.”

The colloquium featured posters covering diverse areas of expertise — from explosives and advanced manufacturing to nonproliferation and lithium.The colloquium featured posters covering diverse areas of expertise — from explosives and advanced manufacturing to nonproliferation and lithium.

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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 6:11pm

Eight machinists recently completed the four-year apprentice program, which is a partnership between Consolidated Nuclear Security and the Atomic Trades and Labor Council, with classwork provided by Pellissippi State Technical Community College.Eight machinists recently completed the four-year apprentice program, which is a partnership between Consolidated Nuclear Security and the Atomic Trades and Labor Council, with classwork provided by Pellissippi State Technical Community College.

Family, co-workers and management came out recently to congratulate the seventh group of graduates from the Y-12 Apprentice Program. The program, which was reinstated at the site in 2008, has graduated 97 Y-12 employees in various crafts, such as boilermakers, carpenters, electricians, insulators, ironworker/riggers, machinists/millwrights, painters, pipefitters, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics, and welders. Apprentices are paired with qualified craftspeople to gain hands-on experience, and combined with required book work, they are trained to union specifications for journey worker status upon completion of the program.

The graduating class was made up of eight machinists who completed the four-year program, which is a partnership between Consolidated Nuclear Security and the Atomic Trades and Labor Council, with classwork provided by Pellissippi State Community College.

Y-12 Site Manager Bill Tindal applauded the graduates and encouraged them to take the place of their mentors in order to prepare the next generation.

Y-12 has an enduring mission, and you will help ensure its success. Long after each of us in this room has retired, another generation will be stepping up to ensure our country’s safety and security are preserved through Y-12’s future mission work,” he said. “As you learned from expert craftspeople and journey workers, I hope you’ll be willing to pass along your knowledge and skillsets to the next generation of craft workers.”

Atomic Trades and Labor Council President Mike Thompson pointed to the valuable relationship CNS and the ATLC have created with the Apprentice Program, and he extended thanks to the members of both groups that make up the Y-12 Apprenticeship Committee for all their work.

“This is a great accomplishment for you, CNS, and our union. This is something that can never be taken from you and will provide you a path to a career that you can be proud of,” he said. “I don’t have to tell you how good these jobs are. Take care of them for those who will follow you. As a young man in the late ‘70s and early ’80s, I could only hope for the opportunity that you have had to participate in this program.”

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