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Title:  Driller II

Requisition ID:  32603

Climax, CO, US, 80429

Category:  Operations

This position is located at the Climax Mine site off of CO-91 between Silverthorne, CO and Leadville, CO. This is a rural, alpine area approximately two hours from the Denver metropolitan area. The mine is at an altitude of approximately 11,300 feet. In the winter, the average high temperature is 25 degrees and the average low is 2 degrees. In the summer, the average high temperature is 71 degrees and the average low is 38 degrees. The average snowfall in Lake County is in excess of 280 inches per year.


Highly skilled individual who performs duties related to the safe operation of diesel and electric drills at a highly skilled level.
  • Responsible for:
    • Drilling quality primary and secondary blast holes, drilling to proper depth, and proper collaring of drill holes
    • Identifying and reporting any mechanical issues on  the drill and recognizing when bits are wearing and require replacement
    • Recognizing hazards associated with drilling next to banks and high walls
    • Drilling angle holes and drilling in native ground
  • Safely moves and positions power cables when operating drill around shovels
  • May be required to:
    • Bend drill steels, change bits and stabilizers and assist maintenance personnel with pipe changes
    • Operate manual or automated drills
    • Manually measure drill holes after drilling for quality control
    • Operate other pieces of mobile equipment as necessary for business needs
  • Responsible for the knowledge and safe performance of the following procedures:  drilling in fill, using drill fire suppression system, loading drill on low-boy, breaking drill pipe, lowering and raising the mast, mounting and dismounting of drill, and drilling near overhead power lines
  • Responsible for knowing and performing proper tramming techniques, such as,  properly and safely move from one drill hole to the next, properly and safely move from one bench to the next, properly and safely navigate on uneven grades, and properly securing the drill string
  • Frequently communicates and interacts with blasting crew to properly clear drill for blasting
  • Performs other duties as required


Minimum Qualifications

  • Two (2) years of mobile equipment operating experience
  • Knowledge of the proper pattern approach and proper sequence of drill patterns
  • Knowledge of ground composition and geology
  • Knowledge of blasting operations procedures
  • Ability to safely and properly lift heavy and unstable objects, such as drill bits and stabilizers


  • High School diploma or GED

Criteria/ Conditions
  • 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
  • This is a Safety Sensitive role
  • 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
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, sit, demonstrate manual dexterity, climb stairs and ladders, work on uneven work surfaces and work on elevated platforms
  • Frequently may be required to lift up to 50 pounds during the course of the work day
  • Will be required to work rotating shifts in a 24/7/365 operation
  • Personal protective equipment is required on a regular basis, including hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, safety footwear, and, as needed: respirator, rubber steel-toed boots, gloves, fall protection, protective clothing, goggles, face shield and 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

Benefits & Compensation

The company provides a competitive and comprehensive benefits package offering health and welfare benefits, paid time off, retirement, and more. These benefits are available to you and your eligible dependents on your first day of employment. Some of your benefits are company paid, and you will pay a portion of other benefits. The company pays the greatest portion of your benefits, passing along only a fraction of the total cost to employees. For further benefits information please click here: Benefits Details

Pay Range:


Rate of pay dependent on competency, experience, qualifications and skills


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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability

Nearest Major Market: Denver

Job Segment: Electrical, Geology, QC, Engineering, Quality

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