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Freeport McMoRan Chief Engineer - Tailings, Crushed Leach & Water in Phoenix, Arizona

Chief Engineer - Tailings, Crushed Leach & Water

Requisition ID: 30183


Phoenix, AZ, US, 85004-2121

Category: Engineering Services


Freeport-McMoRan is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. We operate large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold, and molybdenum. The company has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry. Freeport-McMoRan is one of the world’s largest publicly traded copper producers, the world’s largest producer of molybdenum and a significant gold producer. We have a long and successful history of conducting our business in a safe, highly efficient and socially-responsible manner.

We have the assets, the talent, the drive and the financial strength to provide attractive and rewarding careers of our employees. We encourage you to take the time to explore the opportunity to advance your career at Freeport-McMoRan.


Supervise, provide guidance, mentorship, leadership and technical expertise; organize resources, and evaluate performance relative to established systems. Provide subject matter expertise in a relevant discipline to support and continuously improve the framework for sustaining stewardship, stability, and risk management for FCX tailings, crushed leach and/or water dams. Serve as resource for Geotechnical and Hydrological information and analysis.

Essential Functions

  • Supervise, provide guidance and participate in activities to maintain performance of tailings, crushed leach, and water dam facilities through inspection, measurement, data management, interpretation, analysis, coordination, problem solving and reporting.

  • Review, improve and apply tailings, crushed leach, and water management systems to achieve good practice.

  • Provide guidance and instruction to multidisciplinary teams; assign tasks as necessary. Review reports for design and operations projects and provide recommendations to site team and to project consultants. Facilitate interaction with other functional areas/disciplines.

  • Collaborate to continuously ensure good performance of tailings, crushed leach, and water management areas and to identify and implement associated improvements. This includes engaging the Engineer of Record in the design and operations of TSF and WD facilities. Serve as point of contact with corporate engineers and management, including tracking all recommendations, ensuring compliance with those recommendations, reporting actions regularly, as well as communicate accurate, timely and relevant information to the Site management team.

  • Supervise or may serve as Project Manager or technical expert on large/complex site planning/construction, expansion or modifications.

Additional Functions

  • Contribute to annual operational and sustaining capital budget preparation by supplying costs and recommendations. Manage appropriate budgets for consulting and other services such as drilling and construction contractors.

  • Develop and/or review scopes of work, evaluate proposals, draft formalized internal requests for funding, and administer contracts with vendors for the provision of services and equipment as approved and required

  • Manage and /or mentor engineers in key practice areas to level of capabilities.

  • Identify opportunities for improvements and determine associated value for risk reduction measures.

  • Perform other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or related engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum and seven (7) years of experience in a related Engineering field, or other closely related field; OR

  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or related engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum and (5) years of experience in related Engineering field, or other closely related field.

  • Knowledge in the principles and practices of Civil, Geologic, Geotechnical, or Hydrologic Engineering or a related field of Engineering

  • Demonstrated technical competence through design and/or operations experience in at least one of the following work areas: tailings storage facilities, crushed leach facilities, water dams, process water balance, and/or slurry transport.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing in English to a diversely educated audience

  • Proficient in MS Office and other Engineering tools (CAD, analytical, mapping)

  • Prioritize tasks and work well under pressure

  • Present a positive, professional image. Be self-motivated, energetic, able to execute, and client-service oriented

  • Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and the safety of yourself and others

  • Skilled in following safety practices and recognizing hazards

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering with Geotechnical or Water Resources Engineering specialization

  • Professional Engineer (PE) or equivalent relevant certification

  • Experience with metal mining operations, especially with tailings storage facility (dam), water dams and/or crushed leach stockpile design and operations

  • Experience with slurry transport analysis and design

  • Skilled in related Engineering software (AutoCAD/Civil 3D, ArcGIS, GoldSim), programming languages

  • Experience with cost estimating for civil projects, project scheduling and project controls

  • Able to research and analyze information of relatively small scope and minimal difficulty and draw valid conclusions

  • Able to evaluate and implement new methods and techniques in design projects and operational support

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience with geotechnical slope stability instrumentation and monitoring programs, data management, and analysis

  • Experience reviewing and editing geotechnical engineering reports and documents for a variety of applications

  • Engineering experience in geotechnical analyses including field investigations, lab testing, soil characterization, slope stability, seismic analysis

  • Experience in surface water hydrology, hydraulics, and groundwater hydrology in addition to geotechnical experience

  • Superior interpersonal as well as written and oral communication skills with diverse teams of technical and non-technical staff

  • Fluency in Spanish or Bahasa Indonesian languages

  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally, travel at least five (5) weeks for every quarter

Criteria / Conditions

  • Remote Work Option TBD

  • Ability to understand and apply verbal and written work and safety-related instructions and procedures given in English

  • Ability to communicate in English with respect to job assignments, job procedures, and applicable safety standards

  • Must be able to work in a potentially stressful environment

  • Work is performed in a mine or manufacturing plant setting, which may include exposure to extremes in temperature and humidity, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, toxic chemicals, explosives, fumes or airborne particles

  • Personal protective equipment is required when performing work in a mine, outdoor, manufacturing or plant environment, including hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, safety footwear, and as needed, respirator, rubber steel-toe boots, protective clothing, gloves and any other protective equipment as required

  • Freeport-McMoRan promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing and on-going random drug testing as per applicable State Laws

Freeport-McMoRan has reviewed the jobs at its various office and operating sites and determined that many of these jobs require employees to perform essential job functions that pose a direct threat to the safety or health of the employees performing these tasks or others. Accordingly, the Company has designated the following positions as safety-sensitive:

  • Site-based positions, or positions which require unescorted access to site-based operational areas, which are held by employees who are required to receive MSHA, OSHA, DOT, HAZWOPER and/or Hazard Recognition Training; or

  • Positions which are held by employees who operate equipment, machinery or motor vehicles in furtherance of performing the essential functions of their job duties, including operating motor vehicles while on Company business or travel (for this purpose “motor vehicles” includes Company owned or leased motor vehicles and personal motor vehicles used by employees in furtherance of Company business or while on Company travel); or

  • Positions which Freeport-McMoRan has designated as safety sensitive positions in the applicable job or position description and which upon further review continue to be designated as safety-sensitive based on an individualized assessment of the actual duties performed by a specifically identified employee.

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