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                          Efficiency                        hrough strategic training efficiencies, SRNS recently graduated 68 new

                                                            Maintenance, and Electrical and Instrumentation mechanics, while saving
                                                            $1 million in the process.
                  improvement                        Many of SRNS’ newest employees are from the local area, and their arrival helps SRS
                                                     address workforce sustainment needs created by current and expected attrition.
       cuts training time,                           SRNS Site Training Department standards require scenario-based, performance-
                                                     based and problem-solving training. The required training for these skill sets typically
                                                     takes six months for new hires to complete to gain their initial qualifications. By
            saves $1 million                         doubling the size of a normal training group and implementing additional program
                                                     efficiencies, graduates were able to complete the necessary training in four months.
                                                     “A two-shift training schedule was necessary because of the demand our operations
                            Strategy puts            facilities have for new mechanics, who are replacing retiring employees,” said
                                                     Robert Williamson, SRNS Maintenance Training Manager. “It takes a great deal of
              qualified maintenance                  coordination and trainers to prepare these students to be immediately productive in
                                                     the facilities,” he said.
       workforce in the field faster                 Because of the larger number of students, SRNS Site Maintenance Training
                                                     personnel expedited the onboarding of the new hires and developed a compressed
                                                     training schedule to allow students to complete initial qualifications early. Several
                                                     courses had to be offered multiple times, including three weeks of night-shift training.
                                                     Students were also provided additional classroom training and facility-specific online
                                                     training to help increase their productivity when they begin work in SRS facilities. The
                                                     expedited onboarding process and efficiencies resulted in a $1 million cost savings.
                                                     Having a robust maintenance program and highly-trained mechanics helps SRS to
                                                     safely complete mission essential work in the Site’s nuclear operations facilities.
                                                     “Maintaining safety systems assures worker and public protection and avoids costly
                                                     impacts of operating equipment to failure,” said Wyatt Clark, SRNS Senior Vice
                                                     President, Environmental Management Operations.
                                                     As site missions continue to expand, employment opportunities for critical skills
                                                     jobs—operator, radiation protection, maintenance technician and more—will continue
                                                     to be in demand.

                                                     Photo: In the SRNS Machine Shop, Robert Wrightenberry  measures glove port components used in various
                                                     gloveboxes at SRS.
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