AMO/Great Lakes opportunities

We have a temp 2nd A/E on my ship who is filling in for a medical LOA, who himself is just getting back into a career at sea after some time ashore. He was asking me about opportunities on the Great Lakes with AMO. Are times slow there now, or could he find a job out of the hall in September when he plans on going back to work?

Related note, I know they had a bit of shuffling around several years ago and lost some positions. What do the boats carry for engineers now? Still watchstanding, just with more OT? All flat daily salary, right?