workforce picHighly Trained and Skilled Workforce

Nuclear trained workers spent decades performing uranium enrichment and re-enrichment duties at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) most recently leased the plant from the U.S. Department of Energy. USEC officials announced in May of 2013 that operations would be ceasing within the year and that the majority of the roughly 1,100 workers would be laid off. These workers are highly trained and skilled. The following charts and information provide an overview of their skill sets, education and training.

Employees with Vocational Certification as of February 2012

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Employees with BS/BA/MS Degrees as of February 2012

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Employee Training Overview

(As of April 2012)

Upon hiring, employees in USEC’s hourly workforce complete an initial 70-hour training program that includes:

Safety Training

  •  Lockout/Tag out
  • Hot work
  • Line Break
  • Confined Space
  • Fall Protection
  • Hearing Protection
  • Safety Conscious Work Environment
  • Electrical Safety
  • Heat Stress
  • Hazardous Chemical
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Asbestos Awareness

 * Employees must successfully complete “General Employee Training” refresher modules every two years

USEC’s “0perators” (approximately 275 hourly employees that perform hands-on operation of enrichment process equipment, utilities functions and electrical power distribution systems) attend initial training and an average of 109 hours of annual training in the following topical areas

  • Nuclear Criticality Safety
  • Chemical Safety
  • Theory of Operation
  • Radiation Protection
  • Procedure Compliance
  • Mobile Crane Operation
  • Fork Truck/Flatbed Operation
  • RCRA Awareness
  • Hazardous Material Handling
  • Various Special Skills/Advanced Ops Courses
  • Cascade System
  • Department of Transportation Training (DOT)
  • Compressor Operation
  • Pumps, valves and subsystems
  • Operational Troubleshooting

*Operators also go through a rigorous 9-12 month qualification progress that includes classroom and on-the-job training

Maintenance employees at USEC’s Paducah plant (approximately 275 hourly employees that repair and maintain plant equipment) attend an average of 103 hours of annual training in the following topical areas

  • Nuclear Critical Safety
  • Chemical Safety
  • Welding
  • Maintenance Troubleshooting
  • Radiation Protection
  • Procedure/Work Package Use & Compliance
  • Mobile Crane Operation
  • Fork Truck/Flatbed Operation
  • Aerial Lift
  • RCRA Awareness
  • Hazardous Material Handling
  • Scaffolding

Various Special Skills/Advanced Maintenance Courses

Repair/Replacements of:

  • Pumps
  • Compressors
  • Valves
  • Pipes
  • Motors
  • Switch Yard Equipment
  • Instrument and Controls
  • PLC
  • Convertors

Security Training

All employees go through a comprehensive background check on a periodic basis to receive and maintain a required Department of Energy security clearance. Employees receive initial security awareness training commensurate with their DOE security clearance level and complete annual security refresher training.

Emergency Response Training

USEC maintains an Emergency Response Team that is trained to handle abnormal and emergency events including spills, chemical releases, fires and medical emergencies.

Soft Skills Training

training for all plant employees depending on their specific job assignment. Topics include:

  • Human Performance Training
  • Stress and Time Management
  • Effective Communication
  • Preparing for Work
  • Working in Teams
  • Counseling and Discipline
  • Training and Coaching Employees
  • Conflict Management
  • Role of the Supervisor
  • Change Management
  • Leadership Challenges
  • HR Procedures and Union Contracts




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