About UCOR  |   Our Leadership  |   Our People  |   Our Values  |   In the Community

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About UCOR

Formed in 2011, UCOR specializes in the safe decommissioning and demolition of former nuclear facilities. Our workforce of more than 1,900 has earned a reputation for safe performance, innovative problem solving, and an unwavering focus on excellence. UCOR takes its mission seriously to protect the people, the community, and the environment while eliminating hazards and reducing risks.

UCOR is an Amentum-led partnership with Jacobs that combines the talents of two global program management companies. Along with small business partner, RSI EnTech (RSI), the team is the lead environmental management contractor for the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Reservation in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Parent Companies

Amentum logoAmentum is a premier global government and private-sector partner whose experience, passion, and purpose drive mission success. Amentum’s culture of safety, operational excellence, and ethics was formed throughout our 116-year heritage and sharpened by our unrelenting dedication to the customer’s mission.

jacobs logo Jacobs delivers impactful global solutions to create a more connected, sustainable world — from intelligence to infrastructure, cybersecurity to space exploration. The company's 52,000 employees across 50 countries work every day, challenging the expectations of today to reinvent the way we’ll all live tomorrow.

Our Leadership

Our leadership team brings together individuals with vast experience in the engineering and environmental industries, including experience working in the DOE complex. The team uses a shared governance approach to managing the extensive cleanup projects for DOE's Office of Environmental Management. Learn more about the individual members of our team on the Leadership page

Our People

photo collage of UCOR workers on the job UCOR’s highly skilled workforce forms a team that is dedicated to the well-being of colleagues and that promotes excellence in performance. Our team includes a wide array of professionals, such as craft trades, engineering, safety and security, health and wellness, project management and control, environmental and regulatory, accounting and supply chain management, human relations, administrative support, communications, legal, and more.

Our workers routinely exercise innovative problem-solving skills and maintain a strong questioning attitude.  Each member actively participates in maintaining a safety culture that is integrated into every aspect of UCOR's mission on the Oak Ridge Reservation. A variety of programs and initiatives, including our Mission Ready© program, reinforce this commitment to safety.

In addition, our workforce exhibits a spirit of giving and volunteerism that positively impacts communities all across our region. From after-hours service on dozens of nonprofit boards to helping distribute tons of food to the needy, UCOR and its employees and subcontractors willingly serve the local communities where they live and work. Our workers also donate community service hours to help improve the lives of those in the region.

Our Values

Our values demonstrate our commitment to maintaining a culture of excellence and serve as a foundation on how we operate every day.
  1.  Make safety a prerequisite to all work
  2.  Create strong partnerships
  3.  Build what we sold; finish what we start
  4.  Be investment worthy
   5.  Never make a profit or gain at the expense of the client, environment, or workforce

Safety

A strong safety culture is the foundation on which UCOR continues to build an investment-worthy enterprise. Employees and management are dedicated to UCOR’s Zero Injury Philosophy, which is based on the concept that all injuries are preventable. We are recognized as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star site — achieving DOE’s highest level status. This designation is given only to the safest operations in the DOE complex. 

UCOR has also received DOE's  VPP Legacy of Stars award, which recognizers contractors who excel demonstrate sustained excellence in worker safety and health. This award is given only to contractors who earned the DOE VPP Star of Excellence for four consecutive years—2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 – maintaining a total recordable case rate of injuries 75 percent lower than the industry average throughout.  

Diversity Awareness and Appreciation photo collage from the August 2019 Small Business Diversity Summit

Our Diversity Awareness and Appreciation Program facilitates open dialogue and relationships among the members of our diverse workforce and the communities in which we live. Our philosophy is to be an active corporate partner in the diverse communities where we conduct business, contribute to the causes in which our workforce believe, and align with UCOR’s value of cultivating a culture of caring in the workplace and in the community. UCOR’s primary objective is to embrace and leverage the diversity of the workforce and the East Tennessee region to advance the DOE cleanup mission on the Oak Ridge Reservation and to enrich the lives of UCOR employees and the surrounding community.


In the Community

Employee Volunteerism

The contributions of individual UCOR employees supplement corporate donations to local charitable agencies and educational institutions. The company also conducts an annual United Way campaign, raising funds to support United Way agencies that assist citizens throughout our region.

Much of UCOR’s community involvement stems from close working relationships with the company’s labor partners—the Knoxville Building and Construction Trades Council, the Atomic Trades and Labor Council and United Steel Workers Local 9-288.

Photo collage of volunteers picking up litter, collecting school supplies, etc.

In addition to financial contributions, area communities also benefit from the time and talent of UCOR managers and employees who serve on various boards and agencies and lend their experience and expertise to key organizations throughout the region. These include the East Tennessee Economic Council; United Way; Energy, Technology and Environmental Business Association; Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation; Court-Appointed Special Advocates; Legacy Parks Foundation; Boys and Girls Club; and the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Advisory Board.

Employees have also donated their skills and services to the construction of a hospitality house to serve out-of-town patients and their families seeking treatment at the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.

Corporate Giving

UCOR’s areas of focus for community investment and involvement are:

UCOR encourages volunteerism by sponsoring events in which employees can participate and communicating volunteer opportunities. Also, our leadership team lends their expertise to local and regional organizations by serving on several boards.