Local students Zac Martinez and Miquela Casados received associate degrees and full-time jobs contributing to N3B’s legacy environmental cleanup mission at Los Alamos National Laboratory after completing an operator apprenticeship program nuclear in partnership with Northern New Mexico College. Pictured left are Acting N3B Training Director Mark Russell; Zac Martinez; Miquela Casados; and Pam Peterson, Training Specialist at N3B. Courtesy/N3B Los Alamos
News from N3B in Los Alamos:
Local students Miquela Casados and Zac Martinez recently received associate’s degrees after graduating from N3B Los Alamos’ Nuclear Operator Apprenticeship Program – a two-year work-study program in partnership with the Northern New Mexico College (NNMC).
Casados and Martinez plan to continue their education while working at N3B, the contractor for the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Field Office, to support the environmental cleanup mission at the National Laboratory of Los Alamos (LANL).
“This program has broadened my thinking about what I can accomplish,” said Casados, now a fully qualified nuclear operator. “I’m excited to learn even more about this area.”
The Nuclear Operator Apprenticeship Program includes online courses, classes at NNMC’s Española campus, and on-the-job training at Los Alamos. Apprentices work as full-time N3B employees, receiving a competitive salary with full benefits while completing the course. Upon successful completion of the program, they receive an associate’s degree in nuclear operations technology.
As nuclear operators, Casados and Martinez monitor safety compliance, support day-to-day operations, and manage inspections of LANL’s legacy hazardous and radioactive waste that N3B manages and prepares for shipment offsite to facilities. permanent elimination.
Casados entered the apprenticeship program after considering a career in nursing. She admitted that the program was demanding.
“Going to school and working full time was difficult, but N3B supervisors took care to organize our work schedules so that we had time to study and attend classes,” Casados said.
Martinez was studying business when he heard about the apprenticeship program. He felt it would be an ideal opportunity to explore another career.
“I was treated like a colleague by N3B employees at all levels,” Martinez said. “I will remember this feeling when I interact with new employees at N3B or wherever my career takes me.”
In addition to the Nuclear Operator Apprenticeship Program, N3B partners with the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos to sponsor a Radiation Control Technician (RCT) Boot Camp – an intensive 16-week taught program by N3B training specialists and fully qualified employees.
“Our goal is to prepare New North Mexicans for well-paying local jobs and applied science careers so they can continue to live in this beautiful region,” said N3B Training Specialist Pam Peterson. who manages the apprenticeship program.
“Northern New Mexico College is pleased with our partnership with N3B,” said Dr. Bárbara M. Medina, President of NNMC. “We are excited for our students to benefit from this program and begin rewarding careers in cleaning up the natural environment around Los Alamos and northern New Mexico. »
N3B will begin another cycle of the Nuclear Operator Apprenticeship Program in October 2022. Anyone with a high school diploma or equivalent and interested in a career in applied and environmental science can learn more about the ‘opportunity. here.
About N3B Los Alamos
N3B Los Alamos is a HII Nuclear led company with BWX Technologies, with critical contractors Longenecker & Associates and Tech2 Solutions. N3B implements 10-year, $1.4 billion Los Alamos Legacy cleanup contract.