Job Opening: Refrigeration Technician

Title of Position: Refrigeration Technician

Hourly Pay Rate: $18 – $20

Posting Date: March 30, 2016

Performs installation, maintenance and repair of refrigeration systems. Must be familiar with both commercial and marine systems. Installs new units or replacement parts for existing units according to Federal, Local and State Codes and OEM guidelines. Must be customer oriented with responsibility for Safety, Quality, Schedule and Cost of assigned projects.

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DOT 50th Anniversary

DOT Celebrates 50th Anniversary. The Department of Transportation was established by an act of Congress in October 1966 and didn’t being operations until April 1, 1967. Those facts didn’t stop DOT from celebrating its 50th anniversary at a ceremony in Washington on Feb. 3 attended by Secretary Anthony Foxx and six of his predecessors. All of those leaders cited DOT’s continual focus on safety, with 93-year-old Alan Boyd, the department’s first secretary, recalling Ford Motor Co. CEO Henry Ford II telling him that the American public didn’t want and would never use “safety belts.” In addition to Foxx and Boyd, the other secretaries on hand were James Burnley (who served for President Ronald Reagan), Samuel Skinner (George H.W. Bush), Rodney Slater (Bill Clinton) and Norman Mineta and Mary Peters (both George W. Bush). Foxx awarded a framed copy of DOT’s 50th anniversary logo to Lynda Johnson Robb, daughter of Lyndon Johnson, the late president who pushed for the department’s creation as part of his “Great Society” program. Foxx was presented with a large replica of a postmark with the logo by Deputy Postmaster General Rodney Stroman.

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UNF Transportation & Logistics Program Executive Spotlight

The Suddath Companies: Reinventing a Classic

March Event

The Suddath Companies: Reinventing a Classic

ExecutiveSpotlight-UNFCommEstablished in Jacksonville nearly a century ago with only two mules and a cart, Suddath has grown to be a leading provider of transportation, logistics and relocation management services. Michael Brannigan, Suddath Companies President and CEO, will discuss future initiatives and investment strategies to expand resources, enhance domestic and international service capabilities and provide innovative solutions as Suddath strives to “reimagine the way the world moves.”

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Time: Reception 5:15 p.m. Presentation 6 – 7:15 p.m.
Location: Adam W. Herbert University Center; University of North Florida; 12000 Alumni Drive, 32246
Cost: Free and open to public; no registration required

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BAE Systems laying off 30 employees, possibly 180 more

BAE Systems is going through with its second round of layoffs, letting go of 30 employees between now and April 1.

In September, the ship repair company with facilities at Mayport Naval Station and off of Heckscher Drive, said it would lay off 200 employees.

Only 100 employees actually needed to be let go, but in January, the company said it would have to lay off another 300 employees, said spokesman Karl Johnson.

The first 30 of those 300 employees are being notified now, he said. Another round of layoffs could happen in May, and 180 employees out of the 660 at the shipyards are remaining on WARN notice.

“We recognize that the workforce reduction will impact 30 talented men and women on our team,” the company said in its statement. “We greatly appreciate the hard work and dedication of the employees who are leaving our organization today.”

Due to some fluctuations in work scope, the company has been able to get away with only having to lay off 30 of the 300 announced, so far. A similar situation took place in Norfolk, Virginia, where the company has only had to lay off 265 employees when it thought it would need to let go of 530.

Johnson said BAE Systems would be helping those 30 employees with transition benefits, and would steer them toward employment resources.

He said the reductions stem from a decline in demand for services at the Naval Station, with less ships in port today, and the unpredictable amount of work that comes into its commercial yard off Heckscher Drive.

But he said BAE Systems will continue to pursue work at the shipyards.

“As a company we think the shipyard is well positioned to perform commercial ship repair work,” Johnson said. “Our facilities and workforce can do a variety of things in the ship repair market.”

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Job Opening: Painter, Blount Isand


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Painter II, Blount Island Marine Terminal(2 positions)

Assistant Manager, Equipment



March 10, 2016

Closing Date:
March 23, 2016 (5:00 p.m.) or until filled
(Internal & External Posting)


  • This position is primarily responsible for the preparation and painting of the structural steel on container cranes, industrial equipment, buildings and any JAXPORT asset.
  • Prepares structures for painting by removing dirt, scale, rust, old paint coatings, grease and other materials using appropriate cleaning and removal processes.
  • Operates equipment such as high reach, forklift, mechanical platforms, and specialized rigging and harnesses for suspended painting projects.
  • Routinely works at heights in excess of 200 feet above the ground and waterway.
  • Prepares all paint and prep material while demonstrating basic knowledge and awareness of environmental regulations and measures to avoid pollution or contamination of waterways.


 Education: High School diploma or equivalent.


  • Minimum of four to six years’ experience as an industrial painter in preparation and painting of structural steel required.
  • Experience in the operation of equipment such as high reach, forklift, mechanical platforms and specialized rigging and harnesses required.

 License/Certifications: N/A


  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, materials, tools and practices of industrial painting in marine environment required.
  • Basic knowledge of environmental regulations pertaining to potentially hazardous materials required.

 Skills Required:

  • Ability to plan jobs and follow through without direct supervision.
  • Skill to properly mix and match paint.

 Travel:  None

 Other Requirements:

  • Valid driver license is required and must be maintained during employment.
  • Within the first three months must be able to obtain a Class B Florida CDL and license must be maintained during employment.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) during employment.
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Painter II, Blount Island Marine Terminal                  (2 positions)

March 10, 2016

March 23, 2016 (5:00 p.m.) or until filled

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  • Frequently remain in a stationary position.
  • Constantly move, traverse inside office or on JAXPORT property to accomplish job duties.
  • Constantly operate, use or handle equipment, tools, computers and other office machinery.
  • Constantly ascend, descend, work atop, traverse on ladders, equipment and buildings to perform maintenance and safety functions.  Heights up to 200 feet.
  • Constantly position self to move, to maintain or repair equipment on terminal or in office.
  • Constantly detect, determine, identify, recognize, observe, inspect to read and use computers.
  • Constantly detect, converse with, convey, exchange information with others via radio, telephone.  Ability to listen to equipment to troubleshoot
  • Constantly move, transport and position, material up to 25 pounds, frequently up to 50 pounds and occasionally up to 75 pounds.


Frequent exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards.  Majority of work performed outside or with exposure to risk.


Internal applicants that meet the minimum qualifications for this position must complete an internal application and send to Human Resources with a copy of current resume by the closing date of the posting.

 External applicants that meet the minimum qualifications for this position must apply online on the “Careers Page” at by the closing date.

 JAXPORT will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.