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Title: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Rennhack on Jan 28, 2003, 07:13
Don't forget to vote.  Keep your comments civil.

Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Camella Black on Apr 07, 2004, 02:41
My best advice to anyone that is willing to drive a few miles to work is to steer clear of the downtown Aiken area. Although a nice place, the rates are high as it is a growing college/senior area.

If you scout out the local papers you can find reasonable rentals in the outlaying areas such as Barnwell, Williston, and North Augusta areas.

Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Camella Black on Apr 08, 2004, 06:09
If anyone has a favorite hang out, place to shop, or local information for this area please post it here.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Heza Bear on Apr 09, 2004, 07:38
 8) 8) 8) My sisters Camella Blacks best cook in the world. If you know her or Henry then you have to know how well she cooks. I always new my Mother and Gradndmothers could cook along with my Dad,But she took what she learned from them and what a cook. What ever she cooks if you put it on your head your tongue would slap your brains out trying to get to it. Brad
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Camella Black on Apr 11, 2004, 09:27
 ;) Thanks Brad, I wonder if there are any techs still out there that have eaten at our house. I remember way back when we all used to get together especially in Connecticut with Uncle Billy and some of the others. I miss those days, having a house full of techs to cook for.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: feathersmoke on Jun 23, 2004, 10:40
 The best bar-b-que in the US is in New Ellenton, SC at either Dukes Barbeque or at Carolina Barbeque.  They use mustard-based barbeque sauce...it takes a couple of times to get used to, but after that, you will be hooked.  It is pulled-pork, but don't forget the hash and rice!  If you want extra side items to choose from, go to Dukes.  They have a buffet of vegetables to select from along with the barbeque and banana pudding.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Radcat069 on Jul 07, 2004, 08:40
SRS is my first foray itno the DOE world after 20 something commercial years.
For a while I felt like I had fell down the rabbit hole and my name should be Alice. It took awhile to get used to seeing the stuff you see here!!!!!!!!
Anybody remember all the lines to the roadtech poem "I've been to Maine Spokane, seen a goat roping, smoked dope, chewed rope, fit for 2 welders and welded for 2 fitters(Can't remember the rest) but endS - BUT I AIN'T NEVER SEEN NO S*** LIKE THIS!!!
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: MOONLIGHTER6 on Jul 19, 2004, 08:19
Contracts ending, lay-offs, pay reductions, I'll let you know when it changes but don't hold your breath  -  no opportunities available !!
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: snowman on Aug 24, 2004, 10:44
It's almost divided 50/50 to living in Aiken or Augusta, GA.  Aiken is closer, Augusta has more restaurants and shopping.  Either way, they're both dirt cheap places to live.  Mobile home parks accept RV'ers with welcome arms. You can drive into the area sight unseen and be unpacking by lunch.  Would'nt recommend it though, phasing out rental techs.  Spent four years at SRS and no the area well.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Camella Black on Sep 03, 2004, 10:21
I have been meaning to tell ya'll about Miller's Bread Basket in Blackville, SC. It is about a 40 minute drive from Aiken, but well worth the wait. Serving Mennonite and Southern cooking it draws diners from all around the US. They have been written up in South Living Magazine and others. It is run by Ray Miller.

Try the meatloaf with tomato gravy, and ask for the butternut bread. Wonderful, mouth watering food, great prices.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Camella Black on Apr 27, 2005, 11:21
I have heard through the grapevine that ACTS, is hiring RCT's for SRS you may want to check them out. As far as the area I live in Snelling which borders SRS on the Barnwell County side and can tell you just about anything you'd want to know.

Housing is plentiful here in our area both in Aiken County and Barnwell County, it just depends if you want small town living or mid-town living, what type of taxes you want to pay etc. I personally would not trade living in Barnwell County for the bigger area of Aiken as I can have my cake and eat it too, it's only a 35 minute drive to Aiken or 45 minute drive to Augusta from here.

Golf courses can be found all over our area, both in Barnwell County and Aiken County. As I stated in an earlier post, Aiken has a large college/senior citizen ratio which can drive their prices up.

Another option is to look at Evans GA just outside of Augusta, beautiful small city, with lots of housing, and Strom Thurmond Lake is a recreational dream.

Good luck.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: alphadude on Apr 29, 2005, 01:34
You may want to consider Oak Ridge. There are several major reasons that Oak is attractive.. no state taxes on the pay check being the main one. Carolina and Ga. taxes seem to run high for payroll. Tenn. property taxes are lower also. Oak Ridge has a high standard of living however bargins can be had just north of the area on the cumberland plateau.( i got 6 acres of river front next to national park for $30K) The piedmont of SC tends to be a little warm in the summer, but mild in the winter. Whereas Oak Ridge has 4 distinct seasons.  SRS area is typical costal piedmont-kinda flat- while Oak has numerous valley areas with the Smokey Mts near by.  The schools in oak ridge are extremely high standard.. SC and GA schools are so so. Just depends on what you want.  SRS is kinda on the down side, with Oak becoming the center of DOE activities ( n spalation, H3, Y12, baby nuke, refurb and so on)
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: illegalsmile on Mar 21, 2006, 07:23
can anybody tell us what's going on down there? i submitted with ACTS a couple of months ago and still haven't heard anything.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: MrHazmat on Mar 22, 2006, 07:31
Been here for over 15 years and Radcat069 you will see things you do not beleive until you leave this place. Some are good, but most are stupid and seem wasteful. What area you in??
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Camella Black on Feb 25, 2007, 04:52
You may want to consider Oak Ridge. There are several major reasons that Oak is attractive.. no state taxes on the pay check being the main one. Carolina and Ga. taxes seem to run high for payroll. Tenn. property taxes are lower also. Oak Ridge has a high standard of living however bargins can be had just north of the area on the cumberland plateau.( i got 6 acres of river front next to national park for $30K) The piedmont of SC tends to be a little warm in the summer, but mild in the winter. Whereas Oak Ridge has 4 distinct seasons.  SRS area is typical costal piedmont-kinda flat- while Oak has numerous valley areas with the Smokey Mts near by.  The schools in oak ridge are extremely high standard.. SC and GA schools are so so. Just depends on what you want.  SRS is kinda on the down side, with Oak becoming the center of DOE activities ( n spalation, H3, Y12, baby nuke, refurb and so on)

Don't forget though that Tennessee has a high sales tax to make up for the lack of other taxes. When we were there in 2004 the sales tax was over 10%. Also the no state taxes don't help you if you aren't a resident. States such as South Carolina (our home state) will tax you on your income in TN and then your up S. Creek.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Feb 25, 2007, 09:26
Don't forget though that Tennessee has a high sales tax to make up for the lack of other taxes. When we were there in 2004 the sales tax was over 10%. Also the no state taxes don't help you if you aren't a resident. States such as South Carolina (our home state) will tax you on your income in TN and then your up S. Creek.

Without a paddle.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: DecommMan on Mar 17, 2007, 02:39
Expect funding reductions at most DOE EM program sites unless you have a political savior.  Rocky Flats is gone, Fernald, BCL and Ashtabula gone.  All the rest will remain in Feds institutional control - so unless someone pushs them to fund it - its going to be meager in my opinion.

Case in point - the landfill at Mound thats being exhumed because Congress funded it.  Plan was to just cap and leave that if I recall correctly.

 :)
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: UncaBuffalo on Mar 19, 2007, 10:42
Okay, question time:  Can a guy from the Pacific North-West find happiness at SRS? 

I worked one of the commercial plants in SC and got tired of getting kicked for being a 'Yankee'...heck, we weren't even a state during that war!  ;)

Anyway, have a great offer down Carolina way, but wanted to hear how both the site and the local towns are to work/live in...

Thanks!
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Mar 19, 2007, 10:48
I really think you would do well there. The people are the greatest in the world, even if we did win that war. Good luck.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: MrHazmat on Mar 20, 2007, 07:13
SRS, well its DOE, SO YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. The area is great, you have Aiken, if you like all the traffic, or you have several small towns around the area if you don't. There is a lot of hunting, fishing, and my favorite drag racing in the area.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Camella Black on Mar 20, 2007, 02:16
Okay, question time:  Can a guy from the Pacific North-West find happiness at SRS? 

I worked one of the commercial plants in SC and got tired of getting kicked for being a 'Yankee'...heck, we weren't even a state during that war!  ;)

Anyway, have a great offer down Carolina way, but wanted to hear how both the site and the local towns are to work/live in...

Thanks!

Believe me UncaBuffalo, there are enough Yankees here to keep the heat off of you. Though I have never worked SRS I have lived here in the area as a transplant (Florida) for almost 30 years.

Where you want to settle would depen upon what type of lifestyle you are looking for, there are numerous smaller towns in the area for quite and laid back living or you could choose Aiken, Augusta or Evans (metro Augusta) which would offer more options as far as shopping, night life and of course traffic, people, etc.

Either way, the commute is short, the weather mild and the people for the most part are upfront and friendly. You can't beat the bbq, you'll have to learn how to shag (dance), fall in love with beach music and side trips to Atlanta for Stone Mountain and Savannah to the river front are a must!!


You may want to come on down for a viist, but try to stay away during Master's week as the traffic is horrible.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: snowman on Mar 21, 2007, 11:05
Okay, question time:  Can a guy from the Pacific North-West find happiness at SRS? 

I worked one of the commercial plants in SC and got tired of getting kicked for being a 'Yankee'...heck, we weren't even a state during that war!  ;)

Anyway, have a great offer down Carolina way, but wanted to hear how both the site and the local towns are to work/live in...

Thanks!

Spent about 4 years at that 'ol bomb plant' so I know a little about the site/area.

Their HP program is one of the better ones I've worked at and the best DOE site (out of 5) I've been to. I found the different SRS facilities to be very consistent in the way they implemented their infamous "5Q" manual. Go to Hanford and you can't walk across the street to a new facility without going through 6 months of re-qual. I learned a lot of new things about HP my first six months at SRS. Commercial power is skill of the craft-you guys are all Sr.HP's -you know what you're doing type mentality. SRS will be slow, methodical and very procedure/training oriented. They'll turn you loose when they are good and ready. And believe you me, you don't want to be turned loose in a couple a hundred million alpha until you're good and ready. Some people like the pace, others never get used to it. The ones that didn't like it rarely stayed long enough to get fully qualified, which was about 6 months. Hey, I'm a chameleon. Also, don't bother showing your DOE RCT Core Card, they don't accept it. It's known as the Pope rule.

As far as the area goes, hope ya like showers 'cause you'll be taking them all day long. The humidity was awful. But the people are friendly, BBQ was great, have to take in the re-enactments and the spring horse races in Aiken. Gotta see the Masters practice rounds, but forget about the actual rounds, those ttickets are sold to corporate folks for big bucks.  Most folks at SRS worked a 4x10 shift when I was there, so the traffic was heavy to Aiken and Augusta during rush hour. And, unlike a lot of DOE sites, everyone worked at the site, including DOE.

Just couldn't get used to that dang humidity, had to go west. All in all though it was a good job.

Word to the wise, though, I'm not sure how much opportunity exists anymore down there for subs. When I worked there in the mid-to late '90's, 25-30% of the HP's at SRS were contractors. I've heard most sub-contract jobs are gone. Get your offer in writing or have it on real good authority.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: elwood on Mar 23, 2007, 09:50
I hear rumor of a big layoff is it true??? :(
also hear rumors of a new prime contractor, anybody any ideas
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: feathersmoke on Mar 26, 2007, 02:37
The prime contractor (Washington Group International) recently received a contract extension until the new bid to run the site goes out and is awarded.  I believe the Request for Proposals (RFP) has been released and companies are putting together their proposals and submitting them even now.

As far as layoffs go....this is nothing new at SRS.  Happens frequently, or at least the rumors do.


And yes, go eat the bar-b-que at Dukes or Carolina -  thats the best pulled pork and hash and rice in the world!
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: MrHazmat on Mar 27, 2007, 07:38
Yes, WGI, has an extension till 6/08. Lot of talk about a Voluntary Separation going on.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: illegalsmile on Jan 30, 2008, 12:18
http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSCOL57399020080125

A study claiming there are elevated levels of 'some kinds' of cancers among SRS Workers..
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Camella Black on Jan 30, 2008, 12:55
http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSCOL57399020080125

A study claiming there are elevated levels of 'some kinds' of cancers among SRS Workers..


Interesting article, I wonder why they focused on SRS and did not compare it to other DOE sites?

I know many, many people who work at the site and so far none have cancer although one has COPD.  I wish you could read the report but I have failed to find it online although I found zillions of reports.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Mad Yogi on Feb 15, 2008, 09:24
8) 8) 8) My sisters Camella Blacks best cook in the world. If you know her or Henry then you have to know how well she cooks. I always new my Mother and Gradndmothers could cook along with my Dad,But she took what she learned from them and what a cook. What ever she cooks if you put it on your head your tongue would slap your brains out trying to get to it. Brad

Somehow I feel that Brad and Henry have had their lives blessed with good cooks! Hope that wasn't cheese grits on the head there Brad - might take a whole lota slapping to get that offa there. Um, can Camella make foreign food like crawfish gumbo with corn and potatoes?
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: timgfrey on Dec 19, 2008, 10:51
Does anyone know what the job prospects look like at SRS for RP Tech?
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Camella Black on Dec 19, 2008, 01:40
Somehow I feel that Brad and Henry have had their lives blessed with good cooks! Hope that wasn't cheese grits on the head there Brad - might take a whole lota slapping to get that offa there. Um, can Camella make foreign food like crawfish gumbo with corn and potatoes?

I must this post some how, but to answer the question yes I can cook crawfish gumbo although I wouldn't call it foreign food as Brad and I grew up on the Gulf of Mexico. I also make a pretty mean pot of cheese grits and Cathead bisquits to boot!
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: johnnieslingshot on Dec 22, 2008, 02:23
Job prospects may be coming up soon.  About 8 or 9  contract HP's put in for permanent positions and should be hearing soon if they will be hired.  Contact Sheila at ACTS INC. 803-652-8600 to see if they have any openings right now for "subs"  This place is not a bad place to work if you can put with not getting hardly any OT and the fact that ACTS ONLY pays you per-diem for 4 days, even if you get lucky enough to get some OT you will only be paid for 4 days.  They love to cheat the contractors.  But again, the site is a nice place to work.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Carolina Jethro on Dec 22, 2008, 04:18
Job prospects may be coming up soon.  About 8 or 9  contract HP's put in for permanent positions and should be hearing soon if they will be hired.  Contact Sheila at ACTS INC. 803-652-8600 to see if they have any openings right now for "subs"  This place is not a bad place to work if you can put with not getting hardly any OT and the fact that ACTS ONLY pays you per-diem for 4 days, even if you get lucky enough to get some OT you will only be paid for 4 days.  They love to cheat the contractors.  But again, the site is a nice place to work.

 That makes it so easy to just say NO
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Lorrie Henson on Dec 22, 2008, 04:30
"K" to ya Jethro... I couldn't agree more!!
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: RAD-GHOST on Dec 23, 2008, 05:13
Now that's funny!  Just say NO......to one of the highest pay rates in the DOE world and far above the commercial sector, (for Techs)!

They actually pay PD based on an hourly rate, about $13.00 and change. 

Guess what, it doesn't run out after 1 YEAR!  Taxable after 1 year, but still there.

I'm guessing theirs a whole lot of Techs making an overall compensation package of $42.00/hr out there?

Do the Math & Show me the Money......RG



Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: 1way on Dec 26, 2008, 12:23
Worked at one of the Canyons there back in '98.  I don't know how it is today, but back then the testing process was one of the toughest I'd been through.  I knew techs that drove cross-country to work and bombed the test and were told to try again next year.  No re-takes til you get it right!  They take their rad con serious down there and do not hesitate to run people off (especially contractors) for bad performance.  I gave the site an above average vote because I liked my overall experience down there during my 1 year contract stint.  I was lucky enough to get in good with some of the "house" techs and things went all right.
As for the area, cost of living is one of the lowest I'd been around (1998).  Augusta Ga was the place to have fun (Broad St had some real eye openers).  Myrtle beach was a lot of fun.  Hilton Head was a little too upscale for me.  And if you are unlucky enough to try to find a decent hotel within 50 miles during "Masters" week, you can forget about it!
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: namlive on Mar 30, 2009, 07:53
I talked with Jim Stafford today and...

DOE stimulus money is about here. SRS is gearing up for major D&D work as soon as the money is released. The purchase order is already approved. There will be about 75 openings for Rad Con Inspectors. This will increase to 120. Some will work D&D positions, others will back fill for house techs working D&D. Initial D&D hours are 4 12's and 5 10s. This will most likely increase. There will also be night shifts and shift work. Those who back fill spots (about 40-50 techs) will most likely work a 4-10s shift. ACTS and Bartlett are 2 companies I know will staff this work that will last for the next 30 months. Long term with OT, a contractor's dream. L and Q cleared people are needed and I would surmise will get priority.

SRS has partnered with Aiken Tech. Some stimulus money is being used to hire instructors and place students on a fast track to getting either a 29 hr certificate or 68 hour Associates degree (Rad Con), with transferable credits. 20 students from Aiken Tech will be hired May 18th for SRS this year and more should follow.

There is also discussion of allowing contractor techs to leave SRS during outage season to catch an outage (you 40 hour guys) and allow you
to return to your position. There is also talk about some 18.1 positions and contractor First Line Managers. Nothing is finalized and I will believe it when I see it.

Overall they expect to bring on about 3000 contruction workers.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: MrHazmat on Mar 31, 2009, 07:11
My buddy Jim, sounds like he is on track as always. ;)
But it's like pulling teeth with DOE sometimes.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: johnnieslingshot on Apr 02, 2009, 04:05
For those of you who are thinking about coming to SRS here is the poop on the core test.
#1  they do not accept any other DOE sites core card!!!!
#2  you can re-take a failed core test the following week as long as you made 70 -79.  anything less and you have to wait for 6 months before you can try again, unless they have changed that in the recent years.  I  have been told that it may be a year wait now.

I have worked here on and off since 2000 and have taken the exam 5 times and never never made less than 92 - not bragging- just the facts.  they do have the tendency to ask questions about resolving time and dead time, and coversions from uSv to mRem, shielding, and 1/2 life activity formula.  So, in short, read the DOE study guide from cover to cover and you should do well. 

Be prepared to be nic-pic'd to death during RWll.  Especially during doffing.  I have known some very experienced techs who have failed RWll just because of the way they removed their anti-c's.

DO NOT SIGN UP FOR ACTS.  They cheat their techs left and right, up and down.  The worse sub-contract company to work for.

SRS does not care how you did things outside of here, they have their own way that they want you to do it... PERIOD!!!!!

be prepared to report for work early.  Somtimes it is a 15 minute wait to get into the gate, and once you get it, it is another 20 to 30 minutes to get to your job site.  it takes me 45 minutes to get to my job site from Aiken each morning MINIMUM!!!!

send me a note if you want to know more
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Camella Black on Apr 03, 2009, 12:59
For those of you who are thinking about coming to SRS here is the poop on the core test.
#1  they do not accept any other DOE sites core card!!!!
#2  you can re-take a failed core test the following week as long as you made 70 -79.  anything less and you have to wait for 6 months before you can try again, unless they have changed that in the recent years.  I  have been told that it may be a year wait now.

I have worked here on and off since 2000 and have taken the exam 5 times and never never made less than 92 - not bragging- just the facts.  they do have the tendency to ask questions about resolving time and dead time, and coversions from uSv to mRem, shielding, and 1/2 life activity formula.  So, in short, read the DOE study guide from cover to cover and you should do well. 

Be prepared to be nic-pic'd to death during RWll.  Especially during doffing.  I have known some very experienced techs who have failed RWll just because of the way they removed their anti-c's.

DO NOT SIGN UP FOR ACTS.  They cheat their techs left and right, up and down.  The worse sub-contract company to work for.

SRS does not care how you did things outside of here, they have their own way that they want you to do it... PERIOD!!!!!

be prepared to report for work early.  Somtimes it is a 15 minute wait to get into the gate, and once you get it, it is another 20 to 30 minutes to get to your job site.  it takes me 45 minutes to get to my job site from Aiken each morning MINIMUM!!!!

send me a note if you want to know more

Just curious, if you aren't going in with ACTS, then who are you signing with?
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Lorrie Henson on Apr 03, 2009, 04:37
NoramTec has submitted me for a couple positions.  Haven't heard back from them yet though.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: B.PRESGROVE on Apr 04, 2009, 12:10
I know ACTS is hiring, just recieved a call from them, also a company called southern recruiters is looking.  I know for a fact they are looking for house techs, my best friend out there said they are looking for about 50 to 70 house techs. 
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: johnnieslingshot on Apr 06, 2009, 08:05
Bartlett is supposed to be gearing up to bring in techs also along with NORAMTEC.  You can take your chances with ACTS but two years ago they cheated me out of my end of contract "vacation" pay. If you can come in with one fo the other companies I would do so.  I think VAS is also going to be bringing in some techs too.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: RAD-GHOST on Apr 06, 2009, 10:06
Ahhh....Hummm... ::)

You'll have to excuse my George Carlin perspective of word association, but....

NORAMTEC, probably wouldn't be my first choice as an employer based on my career field.

Q:  Who do you work for?

A:   I'm No Ram Tec!

RG...... :D
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: B.PRESGROVE on Apr 06, 2009, 12:04
LOL that was a good one.  No Im not going to go back out to SRS under any employer, had 7 years of that place as a house tech and just became fed up with the whole show out there.  I am working in the nuclear pharmacy buis now, and about to get a Cyclotron here to play with doing PET doses and research with the local medical college.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: namlive on Apr 10, 2009, 07:27
Things should be gearing up soon. This Friday (17th) the window will close for house techs to volunteer for D/D work. If they don't get who they want, they will force. They are also getting 2 more respirator fit machines with Bartletts to staff them, from my understanding. There is also talk of bussing the extra 3,000 contruction workers. I am not sure how that would work.
From what little I have seen of ACTS and their relationship to their employees, it would not be my first choice.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: namlive on May 03, 2009, 08:05
Eric might have a better idea what is going on, but it seems like SRS is not going to get anywhere near the number of techs it has hoped for. Right now there are rumors that personnel who were once RP techs may be forced back into becoming technicians again.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Lorrie Henson on May 04, 2009, 11:07
Hey Camella and THANKS!  I've talked to a couple of companies, but VAS wasn't one of them.  I've supposedly been put in for several different positions ranging from procedure writer to HP.  Noramtec hasn't contacted me since the first conversation with them, and I won't call them back again, because they have a Canadian phone number and it costs me money on my cell to call them.  I was also talking to ACTS, but have heard nothing from them since my second conversation with them.  I was going to call them today.   I'll look up VAS and see what they have.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Lorrie Henson on May 04, 2009, 11:13
Camella, I did look up VAS and remember submitting my resume for a position they have advertised.  I just called and the guy isn't in yet, so I left a message... I'll let you know what he says and if Henry can put in a good word, that would be GREAT!

Thanks again!!

Lorrie
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: BetaAnt on May 19, 2009, 12:31
Word from SRS....

[[size=14pt]THREE YEARS SR. RADCON EXPERIENCE MEANS THREE YEARS MINIMUM. THIS IS NOT A TEACHING OPPORTUNITY >:([/size]

The word to most of the hired Sr. RadCon techs should be going out within a week. Good luck all 8)
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: qualityguy on May 28, 2009, 03:29
Does anyone know when they will be interviewing for these positions or if they have already begun?  I have noticed that many recruiting companies are posting ads for this position.  Does applying for more than one increase chances for getting my resume reviewed?  What company will the QA engineers ultimately work for?  Any additional info on this position would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: BetaAnt on May 29, 2009, 02:15
The process has begun and returnees are hired first. 3 returnees last week, and 5 college interns (no experience but they are local). 1st week in June -10, 2nd week another 10. Ramping up to 150 total. :)

Acts has been given preference since they are the LOWEST bidder and are paying the least. :'(
You can sell yourself cheap and get in or hold out for more money. :-\

GOOD LUCK and WELCOME TO CHAOS!!!!!!!!!!!! 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: namlive on May 31, 2009, 10:50
Word from SRS....

[[size=14pt]THREE YEARS SR. RADCON EXPERIENCE MEANS THREE YEARS MINIMUM. THIS IS NOT A TEACHING OPPORTUNITY >:([/size]

The word to most of the hired Sr. RadCon techs should be going out within a week. Good luck all 8)

Because Plutonium is the main element of concern, SRS does not typically want junior technicians. Their experience with contractors (admittedly I did nothing to help) is that they have substandard contamination control and cannot locate alpha with an alpha meter. For this reason they prefer people who have been here, even problem children, provided they can cover a job without ever contaminating a person. Contamination cases at SRS are handled similar to a CSI murder case.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: retired nuke on Jun 01, 2009, 07:17
Because Plutonium is the main element of concern, SRS does not typically want junior technicians. Their experience with contractors (admittedly I did nothing to help) is that they have substandard contamination control and cannot locate alpha with an alpha meter. For this reason they prefer people who have been here, even problem children, provided they can cover a job without ever contaminating a person. Contamination cases at SRS are handled similar to a CSI murder case.
My experience at Rocky Flats agrees with this. Plutonium is an internal hazard, and a big one. Contamination control is freakishly important, and normal commercial techs generally do not have the experience at this. We are used to Co-60, 3 day GI cleanout from an uptake.
When you have workers in tents in 10,000 DAC air, in airline respirators inside bubble suits, you realize just how important it is.  :D
The house techs at RFETS showed me a lot, and I respected their contamination control skills.  :)
Of course, they freaked out at my stories of entering a S/G @ 25 R/hr....it's all in what you are used to... ;)
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: BetaAnt on Jun 01, 2009, 02:29
Pu-238 is the easy stuff (Pu-239 has on running shoes). Just wait to you hit the BIG TIME with Cm-244, Np-237, and enough Am-241 to blow through a HEPA like its not there. We have cancer causing chemicals in the soils and feral pigs aplenty. This will not be for the faint-hearted. It will be hard, hot, and hazardous work.   :D

You WILL be amazed at what they did down here in the name of national defense. But, it is a job and it will beat unemployment for the next 30 months.   8) 8) 8)

GOOD LUCK AND WELCOME TO CHAOS!!! 8)
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: HenryBlack on Jun 01, 2009, 03:33
Yes, I have worked in 8 different areas at SRS and the PU239 is almost impossible to catch with a smear. Also the yellow RO2 is a little different.  Leaves that read 500,000 dpm on frisker. I could go on and on about it but I wont. Does anyone know what "UTM" stands for. Make sure you use your best Rad-Con skills when you go there and listen to the house Technicians because they know what they are dealing with and they will help you if you let them. Just don't go there and try to do things the Commercial way because that isn't their way. Remember when in Rome do as the Romans do and you that haven't been there before will be fine. Take care Henry

Who knows I may be there one day soon myself.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: johnnieslingshot on Jun 01, 2009, 07:11
"UTM" stands for "UN_TOLD MILLIONS"  DPM usually referring to the extent of alpha contamination in parts of the "canyons".  Doesn't that sound like a fun place to be??? :D
You had better on your toes working around that stuff or you will wind up with an uptake, and PU has a 200 year effective 1/2 life.  Chelation therapy needs to happen almost immediately after intake.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: HenryBlack on Jun 02, 2009, 06:48
Good answer Johnnie. I guess you have been there before too. Pu 239 will jump up an bite you so anyone going to the Canyons must stay on their toes.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: duke99301 on Jun 02, 2009, 09:32
I was There back in the early 90's With 'AR CHEAP'
what a place was having to do my quals with some gal who came out the office pool ......
oh will DOE never changes I spent 11 years at handford they has us out on over time bagging up hot tumble weeds reading around 500 mr/hr.
ah the good ole days...
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: fueldryer on Jun 02, 2009, 10:28
I was There back in the early 90's With 'AR CHEAP'
what a place was having to do my quals with some gal who came out the office pool ......
oh will DOE never changes I spent 11 years at handford they has us out on over time bagging up hot tumble weeds reading around 500 mr/hr.
ah the good ole days...
Were you drinking when you posted this?
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Marlin on Jun 02, 2009, 10:45
I was There back in the early 90's With 'AR CHEAP'
what a place was having to do my quals with some gal who came out the office pool ......
oh will DOE never changes I spent 11 years at handford they has us out on over time bagging up hot tumble weeds reading around 500 mr/hr.
ah the good ole days...

Eats, Shoots & Leaves may help with your use of apostrophes, commas, semicolons, colons, exclamation marks, question marks, quotation marks, italic type, dashes, brackets, ellipses, emoticons, and hyphens. Capitalization, plurals, and composition could use a little work too, but then fueldryer may be right. Either way, its easier to read SloGlo's posts  ;D

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eats,_Shoots_&_Leaves
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: namlive on Jun 06, 2009, 06:39
Pu 239 is not the jumper, it is Pu238. The yellow Ro2's are being taken out of service and are being replaced with a high end digital meter with a detector that can be tossed. 238 is what was used on the Cassini project. 238 is in a form that has a static charge (like Styrofoam peanuts). It moves by the charge, irregardless of airflow. Once an area gets contaminated with 238, it is never clean again, even when I say it is clean again. You will find ghost smears of low level alpha, that when you recheck, its gone! Gee, must have gotten it all with that one smear, then months later its back, another 22 dpm alpha smear.  UTM was used mostly on B-line (which is in the Canyon building, but not considered part of the canyon.) I have been on top F canyon and in the Hot canyon maintenance area, in the neptunium room, and smeared inside TRU glove boxes and never saw UTM, just "told" millions. The general rule is that if you know it is grossly contaminated, you don't smear it for curiosity or to just get a number to put on a survey.

A few months ago SRNL tested out strippable paint, so we are moving forward. This week we are piloting the use of lightweight disposable coveralls for heat stress. Sometimes I am surprised we have computers. We just spent $5,000 for an all stainless steel custom made sink cabinet (they kept the top portion from the old sink). For that price we should have gotten a marble and gold sink. That sink will still be here after are we are all dust and the cockroaches are running the planet.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: longbow55 on Jun 07, 2009, 12:32
In '96 we tried strippable paint in the labs at SRS, it was a total waste of time. At another project I found a product that would encapsulate great amounts of Pu contamination. It is called Fire Dam made by 3M. It was produced originally to be a fire retardant, but we found it to be a great encapsulate, and if you use it right it may work as a strippable. If you can confine the Pu in a sealed atmosphere and spray it with stuff it's not going anywhere.

Yeah I know about the high range alpha instruments you are talking about. Cost is very reasonable, has internal electronic check, probe is 100cm2 costs about $150.00 just toss it and get another. Makes it easy to use in a glovebox or tank. They read out in DPM in digital. Great instrument. We started using them years ago.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Carolina Jethro on Jul 26, 2009, 11:55
Does anyone know if Aerotek has any technicians at SRS. They have been talking to me about staffing there for about 2 weeks and I was wondering if they are trying to get in or if they already have people there. 
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: moochiebubble on Aug 14, 2009, 04:00
Carolina Jethro , I would talk to Noramtec. They are paying best wage and seem to take better care of their people. v/r moochiebubble
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Hraesvelg on Aug 17, 2009, 10:25
I have a question, if anyone can answer it for me? What's the time frame for an answer about resume acceptance @ SRS? It's going on three weeks! That"s with Noramtech! Can anyone let me know? Thanks. pboothroadog. Also I'm trying to find Joe Quinton, has anyone seen or heard from him and Deanna? If so give him this cell number 302 489 9160.

+1

I'm still waiting to hear from Talascend.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Hraesvelg on Aug 17, 2009, 03:21
SRS cries about needing techs but drag their feet on the going over our resumes. What is up with that? You would think they would take some energy pills and speed up the process, because not everyone can pass the core test anyway.

How hard is the core test anyway?

Is it like the SAT of the nuke world?
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: UncaBuffalo on Aug 17, 2009, 03:45
How hard is the core test anyway?

Is it like the SAT of the nuke world?

No, it isn't like the SAT...it is aimed specifically at Radiation Protection knowledge...and is only for the D.O.E. side of the nuke world.

As far as being hard, I would definitely study for it.  How hard & long you need to study will depend on your background.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Hraesvelg on Aug 17, 2009, 04:11
No, it isn't like the SAT...it is aimed specifically at Radiation Protection knowledge...and is only for the D.O.E. side of the nuke world.

As far as being hard, I would definitely study for it.  How hard & long you need to study will depend on your background.

B.S. Physics
M.E. Nuclear engineering
4 years as an HP at a fuel fabrication facility

What do you think?
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: pbooth on Aug 17, 2009, 04:30
No it's not like the SAT test, but SRS HAS A 95% FAILURE rate about! You tell me! Is that hard enough for you?
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: johnnieslingshot on Aug 18, 2009, 08:16
"booth"

Try contacting Jerry Denton (803-208-0969).  He approves all resumes for subcontractors and he will be able to tell you the straight poop.  The core exam isn't really too much harder than the NUF and way easier than the NAVSEA article 108 exam.  Every time I took the exam I just read through the DOE study guide a couple of times ... never made less than 94.  You can also contact me if you have any other questions.  If I do not know the answer I will find it and let  you know via this site.  803-725-6849  Mon - Thur 0600 -1600

slingshot  aka ... John Connor
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: pbooth on Aug 18, 2009, 08:34
Thank you slingshot, I hope I didn't offend anyone,with my comments about SRS, thats not my intent. We all get a little frustrated from time to time. Thanks again, hope to see you in the nukes somewhere. booth
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: UncaBuffalo on Aug 18, 2009, 01:38
B.S. Physics
M.E. Nuclear engineering
4 years as an HP at a fuel fabrication facility

What do you think?

Get the study guide and put in some time on it.  Some of the questions are worded oddly, so you need to be used to how they phrase things.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: RP Instructor on Aug 20, 2009, 02:54
No it's not like the SAT test, but SRS HAS A 95% FAILURE rate about! You tell me! Is that hard enough for you?

Whoa....the failure rate is no where near 95%. It's  actually averaging 50%, since we began giving the exam back in April of this year (for the current staffing blitz at SRS). The success rate is low due to a number of factors, including: a.) candidates don't have the pre-requisite academic knowledge [including above average reading skills, and the ability to solve mathematical equations, including algebraic equations] b.) the fact that a passing grade is > 80 c). recruiters are not providing test candidates with the DOE CORE Exam study guide (which SRS provided) and d.) candidates are not properly studying and preparing for the exam.
SRS has provided an instructor to review the material and help students prepare for the exam, but that alone has not proven to be enough.
Bottomline? Candidates are not preparing themselves for the exam prior to sitting for it.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: RP Instructor on Aug 21, 2009, 11:39
B.S. Physics
M.E. Nuclear engineering
4 years as an HP at a fuel fabrication facility

What do you think?

Get your hands on a copy of the DOE CORE Exam Study Guide (SRS provided it to the approved staffing recruiters), review it, and you'll do well.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: RP Instructor on Aug 21, 2009, 11:43
Carolina Jethro , I would talk to Noramtec. They are paying best wage and seem to take better care of their people. v/r moochiebubble

I worked with Phil Cyr at NORAMTEC (philc@normatec.com) on obtaining my assignment at SRS. He has treated me very well. He's a good man.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: X-radcon30 on Apr 03, 2011, 11:37
What is the difference bettween the DOE core study guide and the SRS study guide??
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: slavutich on Apr 05, 2011, 06:33
Not sure what the difference is, but I just took the SRS Core Test last week. Send me a quick message if you'd like a link to a great place to study for the test.
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: MrHazmat on Jun 16, 2011, 06:44
Update:
Cases against two unrelated parties accused of violating the False Claims Act by submitting fraudulent per diem receipts to the Department of Energy at the Savannah River Site have both reached settlements, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

A case against Southern Recruiters & Consultants Inc., alleging that the Aiken recruiting firm submitted approximately $19,000 in fraudulent per diem expense claims for a temporary employee, was settled, with the firm agreeing to pay over $47,000, according to assistant U.S. attorney James Leventis.

The company was responsible for providing temporary skilled workers to SRS and first ensuring that the workers were eligible for per diem benefits before submitting any invoices for reimbursement.

"Southern Recruiters knowingly submitted a fraudulent housing lease in support of the worker's per diem eligibility, in violation of the False Claims Act," a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office stated.

The company allegedly claimed that the worker, whom the U.S. Attorney's Office will not name, was incurring dual housing expenses when he was in fact living at his parent's home.

The U.S Attorney's Office believes that 11 false claims were made between May 2009 and March 2010, Leventis said, adding that it is possible that more than one worker was involved; however, only one employee was discussed in the case.

When called for comment, Southern Recruiters & Consultants Inc. President Ray Fehrenbach confirmed the settlement but said it does not mean the company admits to the charges against it.

"We essentially paid it to avoid going to court and having high court costs, but that doesn't mean that we agreed with their allegations," Fehrenbach said.

A separate case against Robert Gisiner, a Louisiana structural designer who worked as a subcontract employee at SRS and submitted more than $7,000 in fraudulent per diem receipts, was settled for just over $20,000, Leventis said.

Gisiner obtained a blank invoice sheet and was creating fraudulent per diem receipts over a seven-month period between April 2010 and October 2010, Leventis said, and the false invoices inflated the amount Gisiner paid for rent and other expenses until the scheme was discovered.

A portion of the per diem funds paid to Gisiner were funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

If the cases had gone to trial, the False Claims Act would have entitled the government to triple damages, in addition to civil penalties.

Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: moochiebubble on Jun 17, 2011, 03:33
 Too bad for Southern Recruiters .... You just can't outrun Karma , Ray..
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: scgirl87 on Mar 31, 2012, 11:20
I might be coming to SRS to work as a D&D tech, do anyone know if they doing OT. What are some cheap, clean and safe place to rent that's close to the site. I live about 2 1/2 hrs away, some I'll be going home when I'm not working. Thanks Ruby
Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: UncaBuffalo on Nov 02, 2012, 09:11


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Title: Re: Savannah River Site (SRS)
Post by: Ewghost on Dec 10, 2015, 02:07
Looking for my exposure records from SRS.... Can anyone give name, phone and email for contact person?  I worked out of C area 1984-1985 as a contract senior HP(RCT)

Thanks