Source: CNS | Release | March 23, 2017

Engineering professionals across the nation recently celebrated Engineers Week—or EWeek, and employees at Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC joined the fun. Engineers from Pantex, the Uranium Processing Facility and Y-12 visited local schools throughout the week, encouraging hundreds of young people to make a difference in the world through an engineering career.

EWeek was started 66 years ago by the National Society of Professional Engineers to ensure student awareness of engineering and technology careers using real-world examples and education.

Y-12 engineers hosted a day-long event at Oak Ridge High School that included exposure to electrical, mechanical, structural and chemical engineering. More than 600 students rotated through stations that allowed them to build motors, catapults and towers and determine chemical separation in a column.

In additional support of educational outreach, Y-12 also hosted “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day,” at the site’s New Hope Center, and in Amarillo, the 2017 Pantex Regional High School and Middle School Science Bowls were held.

“Engineering is a major with a big up-side,” said CNS engineer Julie Cramer. “Engineers are in high demand, and, if you work hard through school, you will be able to enter into an interesting career where you can get paid to do things you would normally only do as hobbies.”

Some of the schools CNS visited during EWeek2017 week included:

School Location/System
Wills Elementary Amarillo Independent School District (TX)
Eastridge Elementary Amarillo Independent School District (TX)
Lake City Middle Anderson County Schools (TN)
Norris Middle School Anderson County Schools (TN)
Austin East High Knox County Schools (TN)
Bearden Middle Schools Knox County Schools (TN)
North Middle Loudon County Schools (TN)
Oak Ridge High Oak Ridge Schools (TN)
Oliver Springs Middle Roane County Schools (TN)
Midtown Elementary Roane County Schools (TN)
Harriman Middle Roane County Schools (TN)

Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) operates the Pantex Plant, located in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, under a single contract for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Pantex and Y-12 are key facilities in the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise, and CNS performs its work with a focus on the absolute priorities of safety, security, quality, mission delivery and cost efficiency.