RICHLAND, Wash. – Nearly 30 local high school students recently visited a high-tech mock-up at the Hanford Site to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers needed to advance cleanup. Click here to watch a video of the tour.
Students from Delta High School, a STEM school in nearby Pasco, watched workers from EM Richland Operations Office contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) train on equipment to remotely remove radioactive soil from beneath the hot cells of the 324 Building, a former chemical laboratory.
The students talked with workers in STEM careers, including engineers, information technologists, computer scientists, project managers, operators, and mechanics.
“Visits like this help build awareness of the skills required for a career at Hanford,” said Mike Douglas, CHPRC deputy vice president of the 324 Building Disposition Project. “With much of Hanford’s workforce nearing retirement age, a new generation of STEM-trained workers is critical to completing this important cleanup mission.”