Cleveland “Gene” Cone, AL SEE Enrollee

Cleveland “Gene” Cone, AL SEE Enrollee

Cleveland Eugene Cone has been receiving well-deserved accolades for his work as Senior Facility Maintenance Technician at the National Analytical Radiation Environmental Laboratory in Montgomery, Alabama.  The list of his accomplishments is so varied that it is obvious he is a man of many talents.

Along the way in his 55+ year career, Mr. Cone has acquired the “right stuff” for NAREL.  After completing 6 years as a machinist, he spent 12 years as a Fire Fighter and a Driver-Engineer with the Montgomery Fire Department  teaching the operation of pumps and hydraulics to new fire department recruits and later, as a vocational instructor at the Fire College in Tuscaloosa.  He then became a tractor trailer driver at night for 10 years while he worked as a pressman for Skinner Printing  Company during the day.   During his work for Skinner from 1984 to 2006, he assisted the company in making the momentous shift from creating plates for the printing press by hand to digital printing and performed necessary routine maintenance on all the computers when problems arose.  An even more impressive fact about Mr. Cone is that he worked those two jobs simultaneously in order to put his four children through college.  Along the way, Mr. Cone also did a stint as a vocational instructor teaching commercial driver’s license skills (CDL) at Alabama Benz Driving Academy — yet another skill that would come in handy for his position at NAREL.

Without a doubt, this experience has led to Mr. Cone’s ability to perform in his SEE Program position at a very high level.  Some of his accomplishments are:  clean-up and re-organization of a 5000 sf warehouse, including recycling of over 10 tons of scrap material and repurposing of varied pieces of scientific equipment; identification of problems with acidity levels being discharged from the building (that were not being noticed), implementing a corrective action plan to properly mitigate the issue; development of equipment check sheets for all facility mechanical equipment to ensure more detailed inspections that have decreased down time by identifying issues before they become problems; development of operator lists for all CDL drivers to use for tractor trailers, decreasing costly truck maintenance repairs; simple improvements to the DI water system that have dramatically decreased the down time when having to change the water tanks out so the analyst do not have to stop work. And finally, Mr. Cone serves as the facility expert on fire protection and conducts CDL classes ensuring a safer facility and safer driving conditions.

In addition to the acknowledgement of his accomplishments by the Staff at NAREL, NOWCC wishes to take this opportunity extend its sincere thanks to Mr. Cone for his many significant contributions to NAREL and the SEE Program.