Y-12 National Security Complex


FLC Region

Security Lab



P.O. Box 2009
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-8084
United States

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The Oak Ridge Y-12 National Security Complex, with some 4,700 employees, is managed by BWXT Y-12, L.L.C. for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. BWXT Y-12 is a joint enterprise of BWX Technologies, Inc. and Bechtel National, Inc. BWXT Y-12 is authorized to enter into technology transfer agreements with industry under the National Competitiveness Technology Transfer Act of 1989. The Y-12 National Security Complex is renowned for its innovative precision manufacturing processes. Specific areas of expertise are in materials science, microwave processing, computer-aided engineering and design, agile manufacturing, nondestructive testing, dimensional metrology, microanalysis, chemical processing and chemical engineering, coatings and surface finishing, composites, adhesives, welding and bonding, and other advanced manufacturing technologies. Y-12 transfers such capabilities to the private sector for commercial applications through technology licenses and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs). The facility's long-standing Work for Others program is also available to undertake projects sponsored by other federal agencies as well as the private sector.


With more than 60 years of experience to draw from, Y-12 is uniquely qualified to address the existing and emerging security challenges facing our nation and the world today. Operated by BWXT Y-12 for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy, Y-12 is a one-of-a-kind manufacturing facility that plays an integral role in DOE's Nuclear Weapons Complex. In this role, Y-12 provides critical elements of NNSA's missions that ensure the safety, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons deterrent. Y-12 also uses its unique capabilities to support the Research Reactors Programs for U.S. and international customers, other federal agencies, such as the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, state and local governments, and private-sector companies.

Y-12 focuses its efforts in four strategic areas that ultimately help make the world a safer place:
  • Defense Programs - Y-12 employs unique processes and technologies to help safeguard and support the nation's nuclear defense.
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation - Y-12 secures nuclear materials out of harm's way, such as the surrendered Libyan materials.
  • Naval Reactors - Y-12 supplies the U.S. Navy with feedstock material for fabrication of reactor fuel.
  • Complementary Work - Y-12 applies specialized skill and expertise to other missions of national interest.

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Amorphous Wire Pressure Sensor
Amorphous Wire Pressure Sensor
ARCS – Access Rate Control System
ARCS – Access Rate Control System
ARCS – Access Rate Control System
ARCS – Access Rate Control System
ARCS – Access Rate Control System
ARCS – Access Rate Control System
Blast-Resistant Vehicle Seat
Blast-Resistant Vehicle Seat


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Uranium Processing Facility

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