Amazon Registration Event 23 Jun 2017

Amazon Regional Career Day 6 23 17

In order to facilitate online registration in the region for those without online access,  CareerSource Northeast Florida  Resource Centers will designate computers for Amazon registration only and designated staff will be on hand to support the event. Our Resource Centers are located throughout the Northeast Florida region and will provide easy access for those without online access to register at www.amazondelivers.com.   Please refer to Amazon Regional Career Day above link for details.

Major milestone for Jaxport: Deepening project receives first-ever federal construction dollars

Although the funding is just a fraction of the estimated $700 million or more the entire project will cost, it does represent a major milestone, as this is the first time Washington, D.C., has stepped forward with money for the deepening itself..

JaxportWe’ve crossed the goal line on this one,” said Eric Green, Jaxport’s interim CEO. “The entire conversation now has changed.”

In total, Florida has $238.3 million committed in the work plan. As well as the deepening money, North Florida projects include $3.2 million for beach nourishment in Nassau County and $3.3 million for nourishment in St. Johns County.

For Jaxport, the funding represents the culmination of a fight that has been going on for years, as the area first struggled to get the work authorized and then fought to get the money to pay for it. The deeper draft is necessary to bring fully laden container ships in at all tide levels, particularly when dealing with the larger ships that are now going through the Panama Canal.

The port embarked on the pre-construction, engineering and design phase of the project in 2014 — which also received federal funds — setting the stage for actual construction.

Plenty of unanswered questions still remain, including what the total price tag will be — the authority has mooted various options for the deepening project — and where the rest of the money will come from.

Green was unable to say exactly when those answers would be nailed down. In April, the City Council — one likely funding partner — asked for hard numbers by the beginning of June but agreed that that was not a hard deadline.

On Wednesday, Green committed to having answers “definitely” before the end of the year, with an eye toward work beginning in late 2017 or early 2018.

“We have this incredible vote of support from the federal government,” Port Authority spokesman Nancy Rubin said. “We still have to fully define the plan for the community.”

When the plan is rolled out, Green said, it will be fully formed, laying out exactly how much of the river will be dredged and where the funding will come from for each of the four phases the work is expected to be split into.

“We’re not going to start the project until we can show we have all the funding,” he said.

Amazon.com confirms second Jacksonville center; two facilities will bring 2,700 jobs

By Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

A few minutes after midnight, Amazon.com Inc. confirmed what had been expected since July: It will open a second fulfillment center in Jacksonville that will add more than 1,000 jobs to the regional economy.

Employees at the 1 million-square-foot center in Cecil Commerce Center in West Jacksonville will pick, pack and ship large items like household decor, sporting equipment and gardening tools.

The 86-acre site already is being cleared at 13333 103rd St. in West Jacksonville.

Legislation shows the two centers will create 2,700 jobs and receive $26.7 million in taxpayer incentives.

“We think it’s a home run,” said district City Council member Doyle Carter this morning.

He said the Cecil center will draw workers from the Westside as well as Baker, Clay and Bradford counties. That means they will be buying gas and products in Duval, generating tax revenue for Jacksonville.

He also expects the two Amazon centers to “open a lot more doors” to introduce major companies to the area’s industrial parks.

Carter said companies are noticing Jacksonville and like its lifestyle.

“They found out how good Jacksonville is and how we have a great workforce,” he said.

Multiple centers mean larger investment

The prospect of a second center emerged as the Seattle-based e-commerce retailer announced July 27 it would open its first in Northwest Jacksonville at 12900 Pecan Park Road.

JAXUSA Partnership President Jerry Mallot said then that Amazon.com might not stop at just one fulfillment center in Jacksonville.

Signs strengthened in October when council approved $8.3 million in incentives for Project Velo and were confirmed in November when a building-permit application identified Amazon as the tenant at a project under development at Cecil.

Mayor Lenny Curry said in the Amazon news release this morning the development at Cecil is a “tremendous asset for our city.”

“I am looking forward to Amazon’s expanding presence in our city and contributions to its continued economic development and growth,” he said.

The Northwest Jacksonville facility is under construction and expected to open this fall. The 1,500 workers will pick, pack and ship small consumer items such as books, electronics and consumer goods.

Council approved $18.4 million in incentives for the facility.

Amazon.com has opened multiple locations in several U.S. cities.

Aaron Bowman, senior vice president of JAXUSA Partnership and a council member, said in the release that landing a second facility in such a short amount of time “further solidifies the JAX region as a place of unlimited opportunity, fueled by possibilities.”

Together, the two centers represent a promised investment of $315 million — $200 million for Northwest Jacksonville and $115 million for Cecil.

During the past three years, the company has announced multiple facilities in Florida, including four fulfillment centers and two sortation centers, as well as Prime Now hubs in Miami, Tampa and Orlando.

It employs more than 4,000 workers in the state, the release said.

Mike Grissom, executive vice president of Enterprise Florida Inc., said the company has been one of the state’s best job creators since it announced its first project three years ago.

“This most recent project in Jacksonville is another great win for Florida and we thank Amazon for their continued investment and job creation,” Grissom said.

To qualify for the incentives, 500 of the 1,500 Northwest Jacksonville workers will be paid an average of $50,000 a year, while 325 of the 1,200 Cecil employees will make an average of $50,675.

Both centers will hire more workers for seasonal work during the holidays.

The bulk of the jobs are expected to pay $12 to $15 an hour, or about $25,000 to $31,000 a year.

As the Cecil Commerce Center land is being cleared, the city is reviewing a permit application for the building.

Although Amazon hasn’t said when the Cecil facility will open, Mallot said he expects it would be at the same time as the Northwest Jacksonville center.

That would be in time for the 2017 holiday season.

He said the first center uses more complex robotics for the smaller products while the second will be a more traditional center for the larger items and simpler to build.

Fort Worth-based Hillwood Investment Properties, the master developer at Cecil, will buy the land from the city for $8,819 an acre, or more than $758,000.

Hillwood is developing AllianceFlorida at Cecil Commerce Center.

The Conlan Co. is the contractor for both Jacksonville Amazon centers.

The multilevel Northwest Jacksonville center has a base footprint of 855,000 square feet and a total size of about 2.4 million square feet.

Those centers could draw employees from Northwest Jacksonville as well as north into Nassau County as well as west into Baker, Carter said.

Amazon also intends to operate a 63,000-square-foot delivery station in the Alta Lakes Commerce Center, nine miles east of the Pecan Park Road facility. No job count has been announced for that operation.

Attracting a workforce

Amazon says full-time employees receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including health care, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on Day One.

The company said it also offers employees programs like Career Choice, where it will prepay 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.

Since the program’s launch four years ago, more than 7,000 employees in 10 countries have pursued degrees in fields such as game design and visual communications, nursing, information technology programming and radiology.

The company also recently announced a commitment to hire 25,000 military veterans and spouses in the U.S. during the next five years and train 10,000 in cloud computing.

To learn more about working at Amazon, visit amazondelivers.jobs.

The company did not specify the number of jobs that will be created at Cecil, although the legislation says 1,200.

That would tie for the second-largest jobs announcement in the city’s history, according to JAXUSA Partnership figures.

JAXUSA, the economic development division of JAX Chamber,   said in July the 1,500 jobs at the first Amazon center represented the single largest job announcement in the city’s history.

It said the second largest number was 1,200 jobs announced by Citi in 1998 and Bank of America in 1997.

Even at “more than 1,000” jobs, the Cecil figure ties for better than third. Deutsche Bank announced 1,000 jobs in 2008 and Prudential did in 1997.

Candace Moody, vice president of CareerSource Northeast Florida, said this morning the group is putting together a strategy to make sure prospective employees understand what the jobs entail.

“We hope to get a chance to meet with the company to talk about a strategy of recruiting, especially young people,” she said.

Moody said a company that needs a lot of employees with a high school education is important, especially in Northwest and West Jacksonville.

“The jobs are going into just the right place, right in the sector that needs the economic boost,” she said.

Moody expects the company will attract employees from outside Duval County, but questions how far they would want to commute to make $12 an hour as gas prices rise.

Still, she said, “I do think we will find there are a lot of people who are very interested in these jobs.”

Source: http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=549062

Attn: Logistics Professionals. How Do We Equip the Next Generation?

The world needs more data-driven, tech-savvy logisticians to manage the flow of goods and services in a technology-obsessed world – and that’s exactly where a pragmatic education can help. How can aspiring logistics professionals ensure their college program offers the curriculum and the resources they need to succeed? Check out this blog post followed by a great infographic at the end.

Here are the key components of an effective logistics education:

A STEM Education with Logistics Focus

There’s no substitute; logistics professionals need a strong STEM background. A STEM education equips its graduates with the hard and soft skills they’ll need to succeed in the logistics industry: data-driven thinking, technological know-how, a foundational understanding of logistics processes and a problem-solving mindset.

Cross-Disciplinary Curriculum

Logistics is all about interconnectedness and multi-faceted processes, and an impactful logistics education will explore multiple fields of study to teach this.

In logistics degree programs, students analyze the details of smaller logistics processes to prepare for the larger supply chains they may someday manage. This insight allows them to be better, more understanding leaders, who operate from a comprehensive perspective. Without a cross-disciplinary curriculum, students may fall into the trap of thinking too narrowly, and miss the big picture, which is an essential skill to lead in the logistics industry.

A varied course load also equips students with the soft skills necessary to thrive in the logistics field, including time management, team collaboration and business intelligence.

Hands-On Workforce Experience

In such a hands-on industry, there can be no gap between educational and practical applications. The ideal logistics education puts students into the industry as soon as possible. This pragmatic learning approach makes everything in the classroom more tangible, ensures students have no misconceptions about their field of study, and gives them a chance to apply their learning to real-world situations. If internships and industry connections aren’t built into a logistics degree, students won’t be prepared to jump into a career.

Future-Oriented Thinking and Creativity

At every stage in the educational process for logisticians, educators must encourage forward thinking and open-mindedness. Logistics professionals fuse data-driven insights with innovation to create more efficient, cost-effective processes; and in the future, logisticians must also be prepared to make bold changes to adapt to emerging technology.

Communication Skills

Regardless of your role in an organization, it’s important to be an effective communicator who works collaboratively with others. Since logistics professionals often act as a catalyst for change, great relationships with peers are even more crucial. Colleagues must trust logisticians to make decisions about processes that impact them and their organization. Building this trust and prioritizing clear communication are the human elements that make logistics innovation possible.

Familiarization with Industry Tech and Tools

Robots, drones, tracking technology, increasing automation and other cutting-edge technologies are increasingly prominent in production and distribution. It’s important for logistics students to practice with these technologies early so their understanding of these tools becomes second-nature by graduation. When it comes time to transition into the workforce, students who already understand the capabilities and limitations of technology are at an advantage. And it’s versatile: a technology-driven education prepares graduates for any number of STEM careers, including numerous logistics positions.

Overall, the single most important factor in preparing for a logistics career is education. A high-quality STEM education fine-tunes the skills logisticians are required to have, and it will incorporate the key components noted above.

Source:http://cerasis.com/2016/11/03/logistics-professionals/

Job Opportunity: JEA – Material Handlers

POSITION SUMMARY: 

Under direct supervision, operates, troubleshoots and performs minor maintenance on both stationary and mobile bulk material handling equipment that is used to receive, store, prepare and reclaim fuel to provide a consistent supply of fuel to avoid any disruption to power generation. The job requires the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform a range of varied, non-routine skilled craft activities as well as a working knowledge of standards, procedures, regulations and best work practices associated with bulk material handling systems and equipment. This position requires the knowledge, skills and abilities to energize and de-energize high voltage switchgear and transformers, remove main breakers from electrical cubicles as well a competency to operate and troubleshoot HMI PLC control terminals and variable frequency drives. Frequent contact with individuals from vendors, contractors, shipping agents and marine vessel crews are required for sharing of information and compiling pertinent information. Compilation of data and the distribution of data to various work groups are required. May be required to work a variety of extended hour shift schedules on a rotational basis, including nights, weekends and holidays. 

Detailed Description

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

Provides technical training related to operating and maintaining material handling equipment. 

Operates, maintains and troubleshoots stationary and mobile bulk material handling equipment. 

Operates, inspects, troubleshoots and repairs the stackout, reclaim and limestone preparation systems.

Operates rubber-tired front end loaders in the holds of marine vessels in conjunction with the continuous ship unloader to remove fuel from the vessel. 

Operates electrical control equipment and disables and de-energizes equipment in compliance with established plant clearance tagging procedures. 

Ensures that all clearance tags are properly affixed and all documentation is properly prepared to remove equipment from service and to return equipment to service upon completion of maintenance. 

Establishes and maintains grade on berms in the Byproduct Storage Area. 

Removes byproducts generated by the combustion process . 

Performs all work associated with the Byproduct Storage Area to properly place byproducts generated from the plant combustion process in compliance with Department of Environmental Protection requirements. 

Monitors and inspects equipment to verify proper operation and identify problems; performs minor repairs; and initiates other corrective action as needed. 

Performs preventive maintenance tasks on material handling equipment. 

Performs cleaning and housekeeping tasks, as required. 

Uses standard office equipment and required software applications related to maintenance, operation and communication functions and enters data and statistics for operational and regulatory reports. 

Performs other job-related work as assigned. 

Job Requirements  OPEN REQUIREMENTS: 

A high school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of four (4) years production and construction experience which must include a minimum of one (1) year experience in the checkout, operation, troubleshooting, minor maintenance and preventive maintenance of a wide variety of bulk material handling equipment, and in the pre-operational checkout and operation of various types of mobile heavy equipment, including rubber-tired front end loaders, track-type dozers, track-type excavators, rubber-tired backhoes, and other associated equipment. 

To be considered for employment the applicant will 

Pass the Physical Abilities Test that is representative of the physical demands of the job. 

LICENSING/CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATION: 

A valid driver ‘s license is required prior to employment and must be maintained during employment in this classification. 

A valid Class “C” Commercial Driver fs License (CDL) with a Hazardous Material Endorsement may be required upon employment and if required, must be maintained during employment in this classification.

Additional Details 

JEA is an equal opportunity and equal access employer that provides a safe, drug-free environment for its workers. Under F.S. 295, preference in appointment will be given to eligible veterans and eligible spouses. Veterans’ preference in perpetuity: A person eligible for veterans’ preference in appointment (defined by s. 295.07, FS) does not forfeit employment preference eligibility once that veteran or eligible spouse of the veteran has been employed by a state agency or any political subdivision of this state. Effective July 1, 2007, Florida law restores veterans’ preference in employment for all categories of protected individuals previously employed by a state agency or any political subdivision of this state.

How To Apply 

To be considered for this job opportunity, External applicants must apply online at https://www.jea.com/Careers.aspx . 

Current JEA/SJRPP employees must apply through Oracle using the JEA iRecruitment Employee Candidate link. 

Note: For consideration, all applicants must provide documents (e.g. high school diploma, GED equivalent, college transcripts, training documents, copies of professional licenses, DD214, etc.) as stated in the job description. You may either attach the stated documents to your online application or send the stated documents via email to recsel@jea.com . 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all stated documents are received and that all stated qualifications are clearly outlined within the submission. By proceeding with the submission of your application, you acknowledge that you understand that all stated documents and qualifications are submitted in accordance with the job specification requirements and by the job closing date. 

To be considered for this position you must include all relevant work history, education and certification. Please start with your current/last job and list at least ten years of work history, if applicable. 

Note: Internal Applicants must include their current position as part of their application. 

All stated documents must have been received no later than 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 4, 2016 which is the closing date.

 

Job Opportunity: MATERIAL HANDLING OPERATOR MAINTAINER I – JEA

MATERIAL HANDLING OPERATOR MAINTAINER I 

Supplemental Sheet For: Bulk Materials 

The following are in addition to the general job specification for employees assigned to Material Handling Operator Maintainer I: 

POSITION SUMMARY: 

Under direct supervision, operates, troubleshoots and performs minor maintenance on both stationary and mobile bulk material handling equipment that is used to receive, store, prepare and reclaim fuel to provide a consistent supply of fuel to avoid any disruption to power generation. The job requires the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform a range of varied, non-routine skilled craft activities as well as a working knowledge of standards, procedures, regulations and best work practices associated with bulk material handling systems and equipment. This position requires the knowledge, skills and abilities to energize and de-energize high voltage switchgear and transformers, remove main breakers from electrical cubicles as well a competency to operate and troubleshoot HMI PLC control terminals and variable frequency drives. Frequent contact with individuals from vendors, contractors, shipping agents and marine vessel crews are required for sharing of information and compiling pertinent information. Compilation of data and the distribution of data to various work groups are required. May be required to work a variety of extended hour shift schedules on a rotational basis, including nights, weekends and holidays. 

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

Operate, troubleshoot and perform minor maintenance on a continuous ship unloader, portal-type stacker/reclaimers, hammer mill crushers, fuel and biomass blending conveyors, solid fuel sampling systems, shuttle conveyor and tripper cars, motor and/or air operated valves, vacuum trucks and a variety of mobile heavy equipment 

Operate, troubleshoot and perform minor maintenance on gas-fired burners, dryer mills, dust collection and bag house systems, screw conveyors, rotary valves and belt conveyors 

Operate, troubleshoot, and perform minor maintenance on ash screening equipment, ash reinjection equipment, circulating and booster centrifugal pumps, piston-type diaphragm pumps, and dust removal wet scrubber systems 

Operate, troubleshoot and perform minor maintenance on the plant site re-use water pumping and distribution system 

Operate an Allen Bradley HMI PLC control terminal (Material Handling Control Room) 

Operate and troubleshoot variable frequency drives 

Operate and troubleshoot Allen Bradley Panel View terminals 

Completes check sheets of assigned areas and provides that information to relief employees and OM II 

Completes all documentation associated with unloading solid fuel vessels and provides that information to OM II 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Ability to write Operating Procedures and Job Hazard Analysis on equipment and functions associated with solid fuel and ash processing equipment and operations 

De-energize and energize 4160 volt switchgear and transformers 

De-energize and energize 480 volt switchgear and transformers 

Remove main breakers from electrical cubicles 

Knowledgeable of proper fuel stockpile management/inventory control practices 

Additional Details 

JEA is an equal opportunity and equal access employer that provides a safe, drug-free environment for its workers. Under F.S. 295, preference in appointment will be given to eligible veterans and eligible spouses. Veterans’ preference in perpetuity: A person eligible for veterans’ preference in appointment (defined by s. 295.07, FS) does not forfeit employment preference eligibility once that veteran or eligible spouse of the veteran has been employed by a state agency or any political subdivision of this state. Effective July 1, 2007, Florida law restores veterans’ preference in employment for all categories of protected individuals previously employed by a state agency or any political subdivision of this state. 

How To Apply 

To be considered for this job opportunity, External applicants must apply online at https://www.jea.com/Careers.aspx . 

Current JEA/SJRPP employees must apply through Oracle using the JEA iRecruitment Employee Candidate link. 

Note: For consideration, all applicants must provide documents (e.g. high school diploma, GED equivalent, college transcripts, training documents, copies of professional licenses, DD214, etc.) as stated in the job description. You may either attach the stated documents to your online application or send the stated documents via email to recsel@jea.com . 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all stated documents are received and that all stated qualifications are clearly outlined within the submission. By proceeding with the submission of your application, you acknowledge that you understand that all stated documents and qualifications are submitted in accordance with the job specification requirements and by the job closing date.

To be considered for this position you must include all relevant work history, education and certification. Please start with your current/last job and list at least ten years of work history, if applicable. 

Note: Internal Applicants must include their current position as part of their application. 

All stated documents must have been received no later than 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 4, 2016 which is the closing date.

 

Second Amazon Center to Open in Jacksonville

Transportation & Logistics Industry News & Updates

(Courtesy Florida Times-Union)

Amazon will build a second, 1 million-square-foot Jacksonville distribution center on the city’s Westside in the Cecil Commerce Center, according to plans submitted to the city of Jacksonville.

It’s the mystery “Project Velo” that city officials identified as a prospect for the city in September, which they said at the time would employ 325 people to start, but could eventually hire up to 1,200. Plans call for the facility to open in 2019.

It’s also the second announcement of an Amazon.com fulfillment center for Jacksonville since July; the first one, under construction on the Northside, is expected to employ about 1,500 people and be open late next year.

Read the full story here.