Soo Locks Virtual Job Fair

Are you interested in working on a project vital to the US economy and our national security? Have you been wanting to Live, Work and Play in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula?

The US Army Corps of Engineers is looking for highly skilled civilians to engage on the building of the new #SooLock project. You could be a part of the expansion of an international construction feat!

If you are interested in the following positions, please send your resume to today. Please note the following descriptions are a summary of duties and requirements. Please see USAJobs for full job descriptions and any current positions open at the Soo Locks. Full job descriptions can also be found by clicking the link in the job summary.

Safety and Occupational Health Specialist– Will perform duties assigned by the area/resident Engineer, will provide consultation and expert advice to field office construction managers on safety and occupational health requirements, standards and procedures. Will have the authority to formulate, interpret or implement management policies during the identification and elimination of hazardous equipment operations and unsafe working conditions on all Soo Area Office construction projects. Full description here:

Engineering Technician (Civil)– Responsible for the review of plans and specifications, change orders, contract modifications, conformance to contract requirements, preparing and/or processing periodic construction progress reports. Work performance requires technical skills and a broad knowledge of construction methods, techniques, materials, equipment, cots and safety practices and contractor quality control and quality assurance requirements. Full description here:

Construction Support Assistant– Responsible for the accomplishment of a variety of administrative support duties to help the supervisor. Will perform a variety of general office clerical and administrative task in support of the office, these duties include timekeeping for Government personnel at project site using financial management system, completes a bi-weekly time and attendance report. Arranges for staff travel, including, transportation, hotel reservations, preparing travel request, vouchers, etc. Maintain personnel data on employees along with processes of personnel related actions such as performance appraisals, work/leave schedules, incentive awards, training and travel and transportation. Full description here:

Construction Representative- Performing or leading others in the performance of the full range of field engineering functions associated with construction on marine structures such as locker, piers, revetments, break-walls and other structures associated with navigation and commercial harbors. Will perform reviews of plans and specifications to determine practicability from a construction viewpoint whether physical obstruction or other construction difficulties have been anticipating and whether materials selected are readily available. Reviews contractor safety plans prior to construction start, recommends changes to alleviate unsafe conditions, techniques, operations etc. Ensures adherence to safety provisions of the contract. Knowledge of mechanical/electrical/hydraulic/pneumatic systems/electronic principles including ability to comprehend and interpret drawings, specifications, schematics and technical manuals are required. Along with a bread knowledge of the construction industry. Full description here:

Civil Engineer- This is an Army Acquisition and Technology Workforce position. In this position you will be responsible for both field and office engineering administration of all construction projects. Will act as contraction officer representative on construction contracts and interpret contract documents. Knowledge of professional engineering concepts and principles, communicating with technical personnel, state and local officials in support of engineering aspects and impacts of the project are required. Full description here:

Project Scheduler- Individual will serve as a special adviser to the Resident Engineer in implementing and maintaining schedules for the major construction projects. Responsible for applying a thorough understanding of the many aspect of project managements, contract administration, time impact analyses and other functions necessary for assessing and implementing application of construction schedules and utilizing Primavera P6. Will perform Critical Path analysis of the construction contractor’s proect schedule. Understand optional scenario drills and the impact of work around plans to near-term and long-range program objectives. Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative techniques for analyzing and measuring the effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of the Primavera P6 network analysis schedule is required. Full description here:

UPward at Chippewa County Job Fair

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Sault Ste. Marie, MI (March 21, 2019)The Chippewa County Job Fair was held on Thursday, March 21 at the LSSU Walker Cisler Center. There were 49 employers present at the event along with job seekers of all ages. The jobs that were available ranged from seasonally part-time to full-time career positions. Some interviews were held on-site with offers of employment being made. Thank you Chippewa County for hosting such a great event for job seekers.

Success Story: WIOA unemployed to employed


SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (2017) Susie came to Michigan Works! with the hopes of assistance in filling out an online job application for Meijer, after being assisted in the process of the job application she was also enrolled into the WIOA-DW program. She was previously let go from her RV Horizon’s and JMC Communities where she was the property manager for 10 months. Susie got an interview with Meijer but unfortunately was not offered the job, but she did not give up hope and soon after she had another interview at Chippewa County Health Department. After her interview Susie was offered a position as an Administrative Assistant working Monday through Friday. Michigan Works! also helped Susie purchase new clothing for her new position from Walmart. Susie has been loving her new position since April of 2017.

Success Story: Thinking Ahead


Sault Ste. Marie, MI (March 21, 2019)The Chippewa County Job Fair was held on Thursday, March 21 at the LSSU Walker Cisler Center. There were 49 employers present at the event along with job seekers of all ages. The jobs that were available ranged from seasonally part-time to full-time career positions. Some interviews were held on-site with offers of employment being made. Thank you Chippewa County for hosting such a great event for job seekers. 

Success Story: Diante’s Peak


MARINETTE, WI (2018) Diante and his family are originally from Sterling, Illinois. For the past five years Diante worked as a material handler, not making a enough money to care for his family of eight. Through hard work Diante was offered a substantially better wage in a new position at Anchor Coupling, in this new position he learned valuable work skills and had the possibility of moving up in the company. Unfortunately, the company in Diante’s area went out of business, but he had the opportunity to stay on with the company if he moved his family to Menominee, Michigan. This would mean moving his family of eight 316 miles, almost five hours away from their home, but Diante enjoyed this job so decided to make a fresh start in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. As luck would have it, after making the move, Diante lost his job at Anchor Coupling.

Once Diante lost his job he came to Michigan Works! for guidance in finding a new job and filing for unemployment. Staff also assisted him with the development of a professional resume, and along with the initial job search. Diante landed a position as a team lead at Johnson Controls in Marinette, Wisconsin, this position was a higher wage than either of his last jobs. Michigan Works! was able to help Diante with purchasing professional clothing for this new position in leadership.

Diante stated, “Michigan Works helped me with creating a professional resume, job searching, and with Michigan Unemployment. Their help allowed me to find employment quickly and be able to support my family. Thank you.”

Success Story: Career Changing Gears

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MARQUETTE (2018) — Marie attended RESEA program sessions at Michigan Works! service center in Marquette, Michigan. Marie was a recent dislocated worker and was unsure of what to do for work and what assistance would be available to her. In past years Marie worked as an office worker and once she became an unexpected dislocated worker she thought this was the perfect chance for a change.

During RESEA Marie was provided LMI information, WIOA and other services that could help someone advance their career or explore other career options. Marie was not aware that Michigan Works! had these resources available, and she was given information about that WIOA program. With all of these resources at the tips of her fingers, Marie inquired about a CDL program, and is now enrolled as a dislocated worker and is being assisted with removing financial barriers as she changes her career and gains a CDL

UPward at NMU Winter Semester Career Fair


MARQUETTE, MI (March 20, 2019)— Michigan Works! made an appearance at Northern Michigan University’s 29th Annual Winter Semester Career Fair where about 60 employers in all different fields were on hand to meet with students. According to NMU Career Services, between 200-300 students usually attend the job fair and it gives them a better edge when engaging with future employers. One of the perks for our organization to attend these job fairs is the opportunity to have a conversation with each student about the many services we have available to students who are graduating and transitioning into the workforce. This transition can be intimidating, and it helps to have somebody there to coach you with things like resume development, job search assistance, and mock interviewing. Thank you NMU for hosting an event where your students can get advice on their next step.

UPward at Gwinn Wellness Fair


GWINN, MI (Feb. 17, 2019)Michigan Works! had 3 JMG students volunteer at the Gwinn Wellness Fair on Sunday.  They talked with younger students, peers, and others from throughout the community about their career path and how Career Technical Education, Middle College, and Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates are helping them achieve their goals. Students also facilitated the use of a welding simulator, so they could get a taste of this in demand occupation. Thank you, Gwinn Wellness Fair, for hosting such an educational event. 

UPward at Dan Perkins Open House

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ISHPEMING, MI (Feb. 26, 2019)— Local Dan Perkins construction company held an industry after hours event for students and anyone looking to be an employee of the company. Many were in attendance including MARESA and JMG students, Michigan Works, Great Lakes recovery Center, Lake Superior Community Partnership, and MARESA personnel. Students were tested on their carpentry and other various trade skills involved in the industry. The most exciting part of the event was when students were able to show off their skills when they built a metal roof onto a storage shed. Dan Perkins also spoke to attendees about different training programs that are offered to his staff to better their skills. Thank you, Dan Perkins, for hosting such a hands-on event for local tradesmen.