EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
Kiefer Powers, Marinette, gets in line and talks to training coordinator Tara Carnahan to apply for a job Thursday during a job fair at Johnson Controls in Marinette.
EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
Kiefer Powers, Marinette, gets in line and talks to training coordinator Tara Carnahan to apply for a job Thursday during a job fair at Johnson Controls in Marinette.

MARINETTE — Over a hundred potential applicants attended Johnson Controls’ — formerly Tyco — open job fair Thursday afternoon.

This was the company’s fourth open job fair and third on-site job fair in the past two years. Interested applicants were given applications and paper work to fill out on site and were offered walk-in interviews. Johnson Controls will be contacting applicants it wishes to hire or send on for a second interview sometime next week.

“About six or seven interviews are going on at one time,” HR Manager Jill Kakuk said. “We’ve had a great turn out, so we’re really hoping to fill some of our vacant positions.”

Johnson Controls currently has around 35 open positions, which range from entry-level manufacturing positions to specialists positions such as welders. 

“Many of the positions have minimal requirements,” Kakuk said. “Of course, we want someone with the proper education for things like welders and other specialists positions, but applicants don’t necessarily need a degree to work some of the entry-level positions.”

She said that all employees are offered full benefits on the first day of the job, will receive three weeks paid time off (including vacations and sick leave) by the first year and are eligible for raises after only six months of employment. “The starting wages for these positions range from $12.50 an hour to upwards of $20 an hour, depending on the position itself and level of experience,” Kakuk said.

Johnson Controls is a global company, which offers many opportunities for advancement for long-term employees who are willing to transfer as well, she said.

“Finding workers is hard right now,” she said. “Marinette has really low unemployment rates, which is great but also makes it hard to find employees.” Kakuk said that Johnson Controls has been trying to think outside of the box for new ways to find employees and job fairs have offered results in the past.

“Our name may have changed, but we’re still the same company,” Kakuk said. Johnson Controls has been operating in the area for over a hundred years, under various names. They manufacture fire suppressant equipment.

Kakuk said that any interested applicants can apply online at johnsoncontrols.com and following the “Careers” link.