Mining & Heavy Industrial

At Johnson Search Group, we have a team of recruiters that specialize in the Mining & Heavy Industrial industry. We are industry experts and help Mining & Heavy Industrial organizations across the country source the best talent on the market. Here, we share Mining & Heavy Industrial industry trends, discuss what’s happening in the market, and of course, talk about what jobs are hot!

Interesting Facts About Nuclear Waste

Interesting Facts About Nuclear Waste

Recently, Bill Gates was in the news again. But this time it was for his joint venture with Warren Buffett to build a nuclear reactor in Wyoming. TerraPower, owned by Gates and PacifiCorp, a Buffett company, chose to build the reactor at a closed coal mine site. This reactor will be using new technology in a sodium reactor and a molten-salt energy storage system. It seems like a great idea on the surface. A carbon-free power source that would replace a dinosaur of a carbon emitter. Looks can be deceiving. Here are some interesting facts about nuclear waste you probably did not know.

Salt Mines

Closed salt mines are used to store and contain “long-lived” materials. They come from nuclear reactors, contaminated equipment, and the materials used to clean or decommissioned weapons facilities. Germany was home to three salt repositories. Two are now closed and the third was investigated for safety reasons. States on the radar for prospective salt repositories are Texas, Louisiana, Michigan, and Mississippi.

Carlsbad, New Mexico

Carlsbad is home to a myriad of passageways, deep underground within a 250-million-year-old salt deposit that has been home to radioactive waste for decades. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), which opened in 1999, holds more than 85,000 cubic meters of radioactive waste. The plant places containers in openings dug into the salt formations, and over time, the idea is that the salt will settle around the containers and “seal” them. WIPP has become the de facto central repository for the U.S., and officials closely monitor Carlsbad’s air quality. Only once has radioactive iodine been detected in the atmosphere – in 2011 – from the Fukushima disaster. However, the intention was never to make WIPP a permanent operation.

Waste without a home

In 2011, the U.S. had 65 nuclear power plants with no permanent storage facilities for the 67,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel. Instead, these sites have “interim storage” at or near their locations. That is a ton of unsecured waste sitting around the U.S. Hanford Nuclear Reservation is a prime example of interim storage. The site made the news in 2017 when Hanford declared an emergency after a portion of an underground tunnel containing rail cars of nuclear waste collapsed.

There are many public discussions regarding the benefits of nuclear energy, but few public conversations about the environmental impact it generates. In 2013, an updated draft of a bill to create a new government organization to specifically deal with nuclear waste was sent to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Another updated draft in April of 2019 was presented. Unfortunately, it appears there is no clear resolution on what to do with the waste generated from nuclear energy.  

Seeing mining resources closed forever is sad

Mining has had a history of closures and reopening over the decades. However, with shuttered mines becoming targets for nuclear waste storage, it creates a scenario of lost future resources; these are resources that we will never get back.

The energy, mining, and heavy industrial sectors are what JSG does best. So, whether you are commissioning a new plant or planning new reserves, we can help. Our team at JSG is ready to source the best talent for your team!

Q1 Wrap Up – Mining and Heavy Industrial

Q1 Wrap Up – Mining and Heavy Industrial

It’s hard to believe 2021 is already a quarter of the way over. For me and my team and JSG, the first quarter flew by. Already this year, we have seen positive hiring trends and managed to put together some great deals resulting in hiring numbers we are really proud of. I wanted to reflect on some of the results we have seen so far this year and the upcoming trends in the mining and heavy industrial industry.

Mining and heavy industrial companies are hiring

Our mining and heavy industrial clients are hiring across the board. The vast majority of these job orders are the usual suspects: maintenance mechanics, electricians, and the ever-hard-to-find electrical process control technicians. In addition to these typical roles, we are getting an increase in the senior salaried roles. Production managers, maintenance managers, quality positions, and safety positions are growing in demand in 2021. Engineering and supervisory positions are also highly sought after in Q1.

Competition for the best candidates

One of the encouraging trends I am seeing is my clients have great motivation to hire candidates when I present them with qualified individuals. With the influx of applications coming into the workforce in the past few months, companies are seeing an increased number of skilled professionals. This process is a two-way street; most qualified professionals are applying and interviewing with several companies. Thus, employers who have an efficient hiring process become the winners in these situations.

Hiring isn’t slowing down

As the year progresses, I can see these trends continuing. As companies reach full production, there will be an increase in hourly positions that will get filled relatively quickly. However, salaried positions may take a little longer. However, these hard-to-fill roles can typically be filled in the 20–30-day window when working with recruiters. I do foresee an increased focus on hiring management and safety positions throughout the year.

We have a pipeline of Mining and Heavy Industrial candidates

Here at JSG, we anticipate having a robust second quarter with our mining and heavy industrial clients. Thus, if your team is looking to partner with a recruiter specializing in your industry, we are here to help. We have the capacity to assist in filling your staffing needs, whether it is an hourly role, salaried position, contract, contract-to-hire, or direct hire; we are ready to help source the best candidates on the market. So, reach out to us today, and let’s work together.

Moon Mining - Out Of This World

Moon Mining – Out Of This World!

Space (and specifically the moon) has always captured the imagination and interest of humanity. As a result, there has been a lot of discussion about space mining. With new technologies and multiple countries pushing for the stars, it will be interesting to see how the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 holds up. Here are some interesting facts about moon mining!

Moon Mining For Water

The moon has been a subject of curiosity and scientific interest for thousands of years. In 2009, NASA sent LCROSS, a spacecraft carrying a 2-ton rocketto the moon. The spacecraft’s mission was to fire this rocket into the moon, searching for hidden reservoirs of water. The moon has experienced meteor and comet hits for billions of years, and comets contain large amounts of water. As a result, scientists believe that water may exist deep underground.  

Mining For Helium 3

China is looking to the moon for Helium 3, which is dumped on the moon’s surface by solar winds. This rare helium isotope could power clean fusion plants back on Earth. On December 1st, 2020, China successfully completed its’ first-ever sample and return mission and is a milestone in exploration on the moon. The last time lunar samples in pristine condition were collected and delivered to Earth was in 1976 by the Soviet Union’s Luna 24 mission. They returned with 6-ounces of lunar dirt.

Who Will Win The Moon Mining Race?

NASA has made clear its interest in mining the moon. Already purchasing lunar rocks and dirt from a commercial provider, they are pushing forward with their Artemis project to set up bases on and around the moon. The U.S. is once again striving to be the leader in space. 

Interest in the moon and Mars is increasing, and with the recent implementation of Space Force for the U.S. – it is clear – that outer space is the future.

Space is the future of mining and opens the discussion to the benefits of our technological advancements to issues that may arise from expanding into space. It will be interesting to see where this decade takes us!

Johnson Search Group has 35 years of experience in the staffing industry. Whether you are looking for a new job or are a company looking for staffing assistance, JSG can help. Give us a call.

Hottest Mining and Manufacturing Jobs in 2021

Hottest Mining and Manufacturing Jobs in 2021

Things are looking up for the labor market! Every day on LinkedIn, I see more and more new job postings; it’s a beautiful thing. I am a recruiter that specializes in the mining and manufacturing sectors. However, I am witnessing new opportunities open up across the board. Here are the hottest mining and manufacturing jobs in demand so far this year.

The hottest manufacturing jobs

This year I am working on many job orders with multiple clients in the mining and manufacturing industries. I have the privilege of working with both established, newer startups and everything in between.

One of the most exciting companies I am working with is a startup just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. I am searching for numerous leadership positions, including maintenance, quality, and production roles, and hopefully some hourly positions here shortly. These are excellent opportunities that provide substantial room for growth with an exciting organization that directly impacts the building materials sector. I am also working with a metal processing company in Nevada that has a product that will change the recycling industry as we know it. Thus, this client needs skilled-trades professionals and engineers. Candidates with the right attitude, aptitude, and work ethic who can come together to achieve a common goal are precisely the type of candidates my clients are interested in this market.

The hottest mining jobs

Additionally, I am closely working with big producers in the mining industry. These companies are more established and offer excellent job security. Two of these mining clients are in Idaho and Arizona. I am working with them to help develop their maintenance teams. Therefore, I have numerous openings for mechanics, electricians, millwrights, and skilled-trades positions across the nation.

How to secure one of the hottest mining and manufacturing jobs

As for my team here at JSG, they are working on opportunities across the country. We are currently recruiting on manufacturing roles in Wisconsin, mining positions in Tennessee, and opportunities within the forestry and pulp & paper industries. So, if you’re a candidate who is actively on the job market, please don’t hesitate to reach out. If I don’t have what you’re looking for, I can share your resume with our entire recruiting team across North America. And if you’re an organization looking to bring in top talent this year, we have the tools, experience, and resources to bring you the best candidates on the market.

Coal: The Resource That Keeps On Giving

Coal: The Resource That Keeps Giving

Humankind has used coal for thousands of years and has looked upon it as a valuable commodity. Fast forward to the 21st Century, and the viewpoint of coal has changed drastically. Now seen as a detriment to the environment and health, coal has been demonized and regulated almost into extinction. However, this isn’t a full picture of what it has to offer.

The Big Mistake

In 2019, the U.S. became energy independent for the first time in 62 years, meaning that we produced more energy than consumed. This milestone was due to fossil fuels, which comprised 80% of energy production and consumption, and coal was key. Coal is used for much more than energy, and this war on coal could backfire.

Renewable Solar Energy

On the surface, it might appear that renewable energy is much cleaner than coal, but is it really? Solar panels use silver, titanium, and graphite, and these are all products that need to be mined from the ground and processed. While the panel’s final product itself may not be harmful, the manufacturing process emits incredible amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Discarded solar panels are also a threat to the environment due to their toxicity when they break down.

Coals Reinvention 

Recently, an exciting discovery was made. Mining

Researchers from the University of Wyoming discovered a way to turn coal powder into Nano-Graphite

So, why is this discovery important? 

Graphite is part of the manufacturing process for products ranging from fire extinguishers to lithium-ion batteries. This new process of creating graphite could yield higher quality and quantity of nano-graphite materials. With the help of researchers, coal is reinventing itself.  

Life is a journey

Johnson Search Group has helped thousands of individuals who have reinvented themselves find their next adventure. So, whether you are a company reorganizing and needing a different talent pool, or an individual who has had to reinvent themselves, JSG is the perfect partner to join you on your journey! Give us a call.

Transferrable Skills Will Help You Find a Job in 2021

Transferrable Skills Will Help You Find a Job in 2021

I must say, I am feeling the optimism – things are moving along in the right direction. In my last blog wrapping up 2020, I left off explaining how I felt good momentum moving into the new year. Over the last few weeks of 2020, I was focusing on the marketing aspect of recruiting. Touching base with previous clients and reaching out to companies in the mining, heavy industrial, and manufacturing sectors. I received some excellent responses from steel mills to food manufacturing and packing companies. Companies are hiring in Q1, not as much as I have seen in previous years, but certainly an uptick from the majority of last year. One of the trends I am currently experiencing as I continue my candidate searches is the emphasis on transferrable skills.

Candidates with transferrable skills

Last year when some of my mining clients in California and aerospace manufacturers took a significant hit due to COVID-19, I expanded into similar manufacturing markets. We started working with more pulp and paper companies and continued building our relationship with the forestry companies we have worked with for years. We also are having new success with food manufacturers and packaging companies. With mining back in the mix and aerospace companies picking up production, I am currently working with the diverse client pool in my recruiting career. As a result, my focus shifted towards looking for candidates with transferrable skills in the industrial and manufacturing sectors.

Job seekers should look outside their current field

While we are optimistic that 2021 will be a bounce-back year, there are still some other factors to consider. People are eager and ready to get back to work, and unemployment rates are still high. This creates a very competitive job market. As a candidate navigating this job market, it is essential to keep your options open. Going back to transferable skillsets, if you have a solid foundation in leadership, skilled trades, engineers, administration, or a similar skillset, consider looking into other industries. Just because your previous sector isn’t hiring, it doesn’t mean others aren’t. The fact is someone out there is hiring, and putting yourself in the right position for success is vital.

We can help expand your talent pool

Partnering with a recruiting that can help present opportunities to you can be an impactful way to secure employment in 2021. Working with a recruiting agency can help companies with hiring needs help you tap into a whole new talent pool. JSG can provide you a diverse candidate base with local candidates who have the skillset you are looking for. Reach out to us today, and let us help you find the talent you need.

2021 Recruiting Trends

2021 Recruiting Trends

As 2020 comes to an end, I think it is important to analyze the information we learned this year to project what to expect in the new year. While this year created a lot of uncertainty, there are several recruiting trends in 2021 that hiring managers and recruiters should keep an eye on. I specialize in recruiting for mining, manufacturing, and heavy industrial positions, but these changes have been occurring across all industries.

Recruiting trends over the last couple of years

From 2017-2019, the focus of my recruiting efforts was on technical engineering or niche company-specific positions. During this time, many of my clients were trying to grow their engineering departments with various duplicate jobs. It seemed that nearly every job order focused on Six Sigma, lean manufacturing, or process improvement (I even wrote a blog about it)! My clients were growing, expanding their business, and fine-tuning their operations to get the most out of every employee.

How 2020 Changed Recruiting Trends

Enter 2020; there was obviously a dramatic shift in the positions I began recruiting for. At first, around March, many of my manufacturing clients’ hiring efforts came to a screeching halt. As the dust settled, the positions I was working on were canceled. Suddenly, I received several new requisitions with a glaring trend. Almost all companies switched their focus to three main departments: Safety, Maintenance, and Production Operators.

My mining clients nearly in unison reached out to me, “Alex, cancel the previous roles you were working on. We need haul truck drivers, mechanics, electricians, general laborers, and safety experts.” And then the manufacturing clients, “Alex, we need contract safety people, mechanics, electricians, and machine operators.” This is a drastic shift for employers to make the necessary accommodations in today’s market.

Looking Towards 2021 Recruiting Trends

As we wrap up the year, I gained a new appreciation for my clients and their ability to adapt and change with the circumstances. Additionally, I greatly admire all of the hourly workers and skilled trades professionals I partnered with this year. As we move into 2021, I foresee many of the same trends. Companies will continue to emphasize creating a strong safety culture and keeping those key hourly workers in place to maintain optimal production levels.

Over the 4th quarter, I have seen a steady increase in more salaried, management, and engineering roles as well. I look forward to what 2021 recruiting trends will bring! If your company is looking to add a new contributor to the team, please reach out to me directly. I would be happy to assist in bringing qualified individuals to your organization.

Mining Is Starting To Dig Technology

Mining Is Starting To Dig Technology

Over the last 100 years, the world has seen an explosion of technological innovation and growth that has made our lives more convenient and has given us a better quality of life. Initially, people resisted new technology and looked upon it with suspicion. Here are some fun facts:

  • Less than 10% of families owned a refrigerator in 1930
  • In 1960, less than 10% of families owned dishwashers and color TVs
  • Less than 10% of families owned a cell phone or had access to the internet in 1990

Fast forward to today, and you realize how quickly we have grown and embraced our technology. I think few of us can imagine a world without a refrigerator, dishwasher, color TV, cell phone, or access to the internet!  

Technology In The Mining Industry

The mining industry, pivotal in making those inventions possible, provides the raw materials that human beings have become reliant upon. However, it is one industry that has seemingly stood still in time. Although railcars and conveyors replaced Donkeys, mining has not readily embraced new technology and has traditionally preferred to stay with “the tried and true” methods and equipment. But times, they-are-a-changing! Here are some technological breakthroughs in the industry that have taken mining to the next level:

  • Geographic information system, or GIS as it is now known, was brought into the spotlight in 1968 by Roger Tomlison in his published scientific paper “A Geographic Information System for Regional Planning”  GIS has been lifesaving technology for monitoring and emergency planning in evacuating mines.
  • Drones burst into the mining industry in 2015, when BHP started trialing drones fitted with military-grade cameras to provide 3D maps and real-time images for their sites.
  • Autonomous Vehicles first came on to the scene in the 1990’s when Mining Engineers started to experiment with them. This technology took some time to be accepted. However, it now proves to be a valuable and lifesaving technology for the industry. These vehicles can go into areas that would be considered dangerous for the miners. The vehicles are not only helping production; they are saving lives.

Just as companies are exploring changing technology, Johnson Search Group stays on top of the most current hiring trends. Whether you are a company looking for assistance with a search, or a candidate who is looking for a new opportunity, Johnson Search Group has you covered. 

Give us a call, and let’s have a conversation and see how we can help!

Skilled Trades Positions

The Rise in Skilled Trades Positions

2020 has been one heck of a ride, and like almost everyone, I cannot wait to get off. However, there have been some shining moments through all the negativity. One of these moments is experiencing the work ethic and dedication of all the skilled trade laborers in the mining and heavy industrial industry. I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of roles with manufacturing and mining companies throughout my recruiting career. Nevertheless, the demand for talented maintenance workers, skilled trades professionals, and hourly workers has gone through the roof this year.

A spike in demand for skilled trade workers

Like most companies, my core clients’ hiring needs took a hit this year. As a result, they had to restructure, rearrange, and pivot in different directions. As I watched the job orders for leadership, engineering, and several other departments get put on hold or canceled, many of my clients still needed those skilled trades, operators, and other hourly positions filled. In some instances, the need for these roles became increasingly more critical. This can be an issue because there was already a skilled trades gap, and with this surge in demand, this gap might continue to increase in the future.

The heart of the company’s operations

This year was a great learning experience for me; over the past few years, at least 75% of the positions I recruited were engineering or management roles. This year it has completely flipped; the vast majority of the positions I have filled are on the skilled trades side. For example, I have been focusing on Electricians, Mechanics, I&E Technicians, Millwrights, Welders, Haul Truck Drivers, Plant Operates, Machine Operators, and several other positions. These are some of the skilled trades positions that are in the most demand in 2020. I have had the best experience working with the hardest working, driven, and savvy individuals, and I couldn’t be more thankful. These are the people who are not afraid of rotational shifts, 16-hour days, 60+ hours work weeks, and getting their hands dirty— the men and women who keep the plant operating and producing even in the most uncertain of times.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of the skilled tradespeople. I am looking forward to helping the hardest working people find new job opportunities this year and beyond. So, if you are looking for a skilled trades role, reach out to me. I can help match you with one of my fantastic clients that will appreciate your work ethic.

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5 Incredible Places That Were Once Mining Sites

Mining companies are in a continuous environmental battle. We frequently hear about the fines they receive and the lawsuits they have to fight; however, we rarely hear about the other spectrum and the positive stories of mining companies giving back to their communities and environment. Here are five incredible and mind-blowing examples of mine reclamation done right from mining sites across North America.

Butchart Gardens – Vancouver, BC

Robert Pim Buchart got his start in the mining industry when he founded Owen Sound Portland Cement Company in 1888, in Ontario, Canada. In 1904, he and his wife Jeannie Foster Kennedy moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where he opened the Portland Cement Mill to capitalize on the area’s rich limestone deposits.

As the years went by and the deposits diminished, Mr. Buchart’s wife Jeannie took over and started a labor of love, turning the scarred land into a beautiful garden. Mission accomplished! Butchart Gardens is a renowned tourist destination in British Columbia, and it is on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

Below is a picture of the garden as an active mining site. The image above is the Butchart Garden as it is today!

Six Flags Amusement Park and La Cantera Shopping Center, San Antonio, TX

The McDonnell family started the Beckman quarry in San Antonio, TX, in 1934. Rich in limestone, this quarry produced until a fraction of it exhausted its output. This portion of the mine later became the new home to Six Flags Fiesta Texas and La Cantera Hill Country Resort. Eventually, the active section of the mine was sold to Martin Marietta in 1998.

Louisville Mega Cavern – Louisville, KY

The Louisville Mega Cavern started humbly in the mid-20th Century as a limestone quarry. The Cavern operated for 42 years, from the 1930s through the 1970s. However, it was purchased by a group of private investors in 1989. The investors brought in tons of recycled rock, brick, block, concrete, and dirt into the Cavern to transform it from a cavernous underground quarry to storage and office space with internal roads, spanning 100 acres.

Old Works Golf Course – Anaconda, MT

The Anaconda Copper Mining Company was founded by Marcus Daly in 1881, when he bought a silver mine, only to discover substantial copper deposits. The company built a smelter, and the copper mine went into production. In 1899, Marcus Daly sold his assets to Henry H. Rogers and William Rockefeller. In 1977, Atlantic Richfield Company purchased the mine, and not long after, closed the smelting plant. Tagged as a Superfund site by the EPA, Atlantic Richfield decided on a reclamation plan that became the Old Works Golf Course in 1997.

Subtropolis Technology Center – Kansas City, MO

Boasting itself as the “World’s Largest Underground Business Complex,” this repurposed underground limestone mine is a 55,000,000 square-foot city underneath Kansas City, MO.

The development of this project was lead by the late Lamar Hunt, owner of Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development, Inc. Hunt was also once the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs. The underground industrial park opened in 1964 and is still going strong.

Just as these mines have “reinvented” themselves, job seekers sometimes need to do so, as well. Partner with Johnson Search Group, and let’s work together to help you find your next career challenge.