TFE was awarded a contract with UCOR in January 2012. Since that time, TFE has provided a wide range of professional personnel to UCOR to fill staff augmentation positions to support D&D activities at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP). TFE personnel support UCOR in numerous professional, technical, and administrative positions including:
- Nuclear Criticality Safety Managers
- Nuclear Criticality Safety Engineers, Senior
- Nuclear Criticality Safety Engineers
- System Engineers, Senior
- System Engineers
- Design Engineers, Senior
- Design Engineers
- Project Support, SME's
- Project Support, Associate
- Mechanical Engineers
- Facility managers
- Operations Managers
- Operations Specialists, Senior
- Operations Specialists
- Operations Technicians
- Work Control Managers
- Work Control Planners, Senior
- Work Control Planners
- Waste Management Specialists, Senior
- Civil/Structural Engineers
- Electrical Engineers
- Subject Matter Experts
- Fire Protection Engineers
- Transportation Specialists
Identified challenges of the staff augmentation contract include providing and maintaining a corporate relationship with the staff, providing adequate, qualified resources to support the client’s mission through effective recruiting efforts, and delivering, in a timely manner these resources. All staffing requests are competed under two Basic Ordering Agreements (BOA) which requires TFE to aggressively recruit the limited personnel resources available in the industry. Once a TFE employee is placed on this contract, TFE does not participate in their daily management, but strives to maintain contact with them in an effort to remain engaged and meet employee and client needs.
- While TFE does not manage work directly through this subcontract, we take pride in the knowledge that the highly skilled individuals provided by TFE play a significant role in the success of our client, the stakeholders, and the safety of our community and our environment.
- Maintaining adequate staffing resources enables UCOR to perform their very important mission in a timely manner within a strict regulatory framework, and within budget.
Through the utilization of highly skilled personnel that have been recruited and placed on this project, TFE has helped UCOR achieve consistent high marks from the Department of Energy on safety, environmental and regulatory compliance, and maintaining their mission at or ahead of schedule and at or below budget. UCOR has recently received Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Status recognizing it as one of the safest industrial operating sites in the nation in October of 2015. In addition, UCOR has also been recognized for saving the federal government more than $122 million on cleanup projects over the past four years, and the Department of Energy has exercised an option on their existing contract that extends UCOR’s role until mid-2020.