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July 11, 2017

Built for the Best, by the Best


About: The Armored Group is a leading aftermarket vehicle manufacturer specializing in Armored and Non – Armored Vehicles for the highest US Gov’t agencies, DoD, Law Enforcement and the Cash-In-Transit markets.


Location: 2727 S Beech Dearborn Heights, MI 48125

Open positions:

  • 12 Welders / Fabricators – heavy gauge or armor experience a plus
  • 8 Mobile Electronic Installers – ME Certification a plus
  • 4 ASE Certified Mechanics
  • 2 Heavy Wheel and Alignment Technicians

Medical, Dental, Vision and Supplemental Insurance, 401k, 4 day workweek
How to Apply:

Atlas Trucking, We Haul it All!


As an Atlas Trucking team member, you'll enjoy a strong compensation and benefits package as well as the opportunity for personal growth that comes with working for an industry-leading carrier. Our organization is growing and needs Positive, Professional People!

Our company also offers special support for our US Veterans, where candidates have experience driving while in the service, Atlas will offer On-the-job training (OJT) SUPPORT for our valued US Veterans.


Location: 20601 Trolley Industrial Drive, Taylor Michigan

Open positions:

  • CDL – A Truck drivers (with 2 years’ experience)
  • Certified Tractor/Trailer Mechanics 

Atlas Trucking team members enjoy a strong compensation and benefits package; Medical, Dental Optical, as well as Company Uniforms and PPE gear.


How to Apply:  Contact Debbie in our Safety Department 313-429-2114

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Upcoming Job Fair Events



July 18, 2017, Open Interview Hiring Event 

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
Michigan Works! 
312 E. Genesee 
Saginaw, Michigan 48607 
Open Interview Hiring Event for Spectrum (Charter Communications)


July 19, 2017, Summer Hiring Event - Detroit Police and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office 

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
Samaritan Center 
5555 Conner Street 
Detroit, MI 48213 
The Detroit Police Department and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is looking for motivated men and women who want to serve and protect their community These Police Agencies offers a wide range of enforcement and correctional positions, as well as great career and training opportunities.

July 19, 2017, Effex Management Solutions/II Stanley 

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
Michigan Works! Southwest Service Center – Kalamazoo 
1601 S. Burdick Street 
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001 
Various positions available: assembly, material handlers, & molding and coating. Hiring for all 3 shifts! Apply online or in person!

My After 5 Intern Experience in the City of Detroit


If growing up in Detroit and experiencing the unique culture wasn't enough, the After 5 Intern Program was definitely that unexpected pull that I needed to inspire me to live in the city after college. On June 22nd, I had the opportunity to experience the Midtown Crawl in Detroit and meet the CEO and Founder of After 5 Detroit, Kerry Doman. My experience was absolutely amazing from beginning to end. My friend and I joined the event at the starting point where we were given a map, several coupons, and free pizza on the rooftop of The Block on Woodward Ave.

The Map consisted of restaurants, bars, and shops all around the Midtown Detroit area, home to Wayne State University. Our first visit was at The Block where we enjoyed $1 beer and $3 wine. The Block was a cool, trendy, and upscale place where I met other interns from companies like Ford Motor Company and Quicken Loans. In the midst of enjoying happy hour in Detroit and trying wine for the first time and last time (LOL), I overheard some interns saying that "I never knew Detroit had all of this". 


After interacting with several interns at the restaurant, the next stop we had decided on was Treat Dreams. Treat Dreams was located a couple blocks down and they were known for their delicious ice-cream, which I later understood as I enjoyed the free scoop of the popular Blue Moon. There were so many sites to choose from including Shinola, who sponsored this event, The Majestic, LaFeria, Bronx Bar, Great Lakes Cofee, among so many others. Our last two stops were at Run Detroit and my favorite visit, Thrift on the Ave. Since I love thrift shopping, I was so excited to visit this site because I had never heard of it and while there I met other "thrifters" that were a part of the program. Thrift on the Ave had the most vintage items that I believe will eventually go back in style. 

This After 5 Intern Program event is only one of many to come. The next event will take place in Motor City Casino where interns will have the opportunity to explore District Detroit, the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons. This event will be followed by the Party in the Park on July 13th, and the Detroit Loft Party on July 20th. For more information, visit


Featured Jobs

Production Team Member - Coldwater

Mechanic - Heavy Equipment/Diesel - Lansing

Service Technician - Benzonia

Journeyman Electrician - Southfield

Systems Specialist - Alpena

Azure Architect - Bloomfield Hills

Welder/Fabricator - New Baltimore

Industrial Engineer - Lansing

Environmental Engineer - White Pine

Process Engineer - Evart

Logistics Coordinator - Detroit

Truck Driver/Laborer - Houghton Lake

CDL A Truck Driver - Taylor


Featured Employer: Arauco North America

Arauco is a worldwide company that manufactures wood composite panels. Below are a few open positions in Grayling, MI. Click below to learn more and apply. 

Mechanical Maintenance Lead - Grayling

Electrical Maintenance Lead - Grayling

Production Manager - Grayling

Maintenance Manager - Grayling

Purchasing Agent - Grayling

Jumpstart your Career! New Training Programs Available through Michigan Virtual


Michigan residents:  Are you looking for a new career, or want to get ahead in your current role?  Do you need additional skills to jumpstart your job search?  Are you interested in increasing your income potential?

Michigan Virtual has recently added over 40 new courses to their growing list of Career Training Programs.  Courses are available in several categories, including Healthcare, Business/Professional Development, Media and Design, IT and Software Development, and Management/Corporate.   Classes are fully online and available 24/7, giving you the flexibility to learn any time, anywhere, on any device.  Visit to view the entire course catalog. 

All Michigan Virtual Career Training Programs are approved through Michigan Talent Connect.  Funding options are available for eligible residents and can provide training opportunities at little to no cost. 

Take the next step towards your future and enroll in a Career Training Program today! 

For additional information or to enroll, please visit or contact Angela Shields at  

Engineer Leaves West Coast for New Challenges in Michigan and General Motors


Mike Aljamal says he’s always looking for the next problem to solve or challenge to overcome.

Well, Mike found that and more after accepting a job as a battery pack design release engineer for General Motors.

A graduate of the University of California Berkeley, Mike, who is also originally from Syria, divides his time between working on some of the latest electrification technologies being developed by General Motors and exploring his new home state. 

We sat down with Mike to talk about his career and how he’s found a new home in Michigan and General Motors.

Q: Tell us about your career at this point. How do you feel General Motors has enabled you to grow professionally?  

A: General Motors recruited me during my senior year at the University of California Berkley in 2014. So I literally went from graduating in December of that year to having my first day on the job in January of 2015.

My first assignment was the steel tray and steel supporting brackets for the battery pack on the 2016 Volt. Since the project was about 75 percent into production, I was tasked with more project management. This meant working with the supplier to make certain everything was ready to ramp up for production and ensuring the quality was top-notch.

About six months later I was given a new assignment, to design a new battery pack tray and supporting components from scratch. That has been a big thrill, creating something that will be my own contribution to an electric vehicle. Now I’m the one tasked with finding suitable suppliers that I trust to execute my design. It’s been great to go through the different stages of product development, and now I get to watch something I’ve created go through it.

Since my first day, I’ve been solving new challenges with each program that I’ve been assigned to. I never wanted to have a career that was just the same thing every day. General Motors really provides you with the tools you need to excel and grow into your position. 

Q: How would you describe the culture at General Motors? 

A: The battery group at General Motors is made up of a lot of great people who are at the top of their field. We’re growing with a lot of young talent so it has a definite startup feel to it, but we’ve also got a great group of veterans who have been here from day one and have fantastic industry experience you can draw from.

If you look at the mix of new and experienced talent, as well as how we’re integrating the electrification of powertrains, General Motors has an advantage over many of the newer companies that are moving, or looking to move, into the electrification space.

Q: What strengths do you think Michigan offers in terms of employment for engineers interested in the automotive industry?  

A: When you look at where the industry started, a car in the early 1900s was basically some wheels, an engine and metal. But a vehicle today has so much technology integrated into it that any engineer should be interested in coming to work in Michigan.

With the amount of institutional and technical knowledge here, Michigan has the experience to continue to shape what the automobile and driving experience will be for generations to come.  

Q: What do you enjoy the most about living in Michigan and what have you found to be something distinctive that can’t be found elsewhere in the United States? 

A: What I really love about Michigan is watching the colors change in the fall. It’s just beautiful to drive north and watch the colors change. Then in the spring, you get to watch it bloom all over again. The summers are just fantastic because I can play outdoor sports with my friends and I like experiencing the holidays in the winter. Really, having the four seasons makes living here something special.

I also came to the United States from Syria in 2007, so I was excited to come to Michigan because of the Syrian and Arab communities here. That really made me feel like I was at home because I have a shared background with other people who have come from the Middle East.

And the cost of living in Michigan is lower than other places in the country. When you look at how affordable it is to buy a home here, that’s a great advantage for engineers who are looking to start out in life.  

Q: What else do you enjoy doing in your free time? 

A: I play a lot of pickup soccer in the summer and some indoor soccer in the winter. I also have a couple of friends who I play tennis with regularly.

I really enjoy going to downtown Rochester, especially around the holidays when the streets are lit up. I’ll go there with my friends to grab lunch or coffee on a quiet night. Birmingham is another great city for socializing.

For something a little livelier, you can go to Royal Oak where they have great bars and night clubs.

I just feel like the area offers you so much. It just all depends on what you’re in the mood for.