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Title:  Operations Technician

Requisition ID:  125361

Climax, CO, US, 80429

Category:  Operations
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Climax Molybdenum is the world’s leading producer of molybdenum and has a long, successful history of doing business in a safe, highly efficient and socially responsible manner. We have operated in Colorado for more than 100 years and today have mining and milling operations near Leadville, Kremmling and Empire. Our Climax mine is located between Frisco and Leadville. Our Henderson mine and mill are an hour’s drive apart – separated by the Continental Divide and a 15-mile conveyor system (10 miles is underground). The Henderson mine is about 50 miles west of Denver and 10 miles west of Empire, and the mill is located between Dillon and Kremmling.

Climax Molybdenum has the assets, drive and financial strength to provide attractive and rewarding careers. Take time to explore the opportunity to advance your career at one of our sites – the Climax mine and the Henderson mine and / or mill. Live life at the top!


Highly skilled employee who provides on-going support for completion of daily production/operation plan by assisting area supervisors.  Perform as safety contact and execute safety audits, investigations and resolve safety issues/concerns through collaboration with site's Safety Department. 
  • Support site objective through the performance of a variety of roles to develop broad understanding of processes, procedures, and initiatives (e.g. Fill-in Supervisor, Dispatcher, Equipment Operator, Repair Employee)
  • Assist in completion of production plans with direction from the area Supervisor; coordinate and plan/implement equipment movement
  • Participate in a variety of audits (e.g. dump, roads, porta johns, van, safety, environmental, etc.)
  • Provide feedback to department supervision and training on proper procedures to equipment operators (e.g. equipment operation, safety procedures)
  • Responsible for movement/transport of reassigned employees to new equipment during the shift, and relocating equipment during shift
  • May be responsible for the delivery of essential items throughout the shift to employees at their equipment
  • Responsible for occasional operation of mobile equipment (e.g. drills, shovels, dozers, haul trucks, small mobile equipment, etc.)
  • Investigate all Health and Safety (H&S) events/tire issues within operational area, coordinate findings with the Health and Safety department, provide summary reports, enter Health and Safety incidents in H&S Management system, and maintain electronic filing system of prior safety incidents
  • Initiate post-accident testing in coordination with Field Supervisor
  • Transport employees to medical facility for injuries and illnesses and other situations requiring visits to the medical facilities (e.g. hearing, eye exam)
  • Perform as Relief or Fill-in Supervisor/Dispatcher when needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications


  • Three (3) years of related operational experience, including supervisory or lead experience
  • Must have completed academic and practical competencies required (this includes Line of Progression requirements for internal employees where LOP Exists) and have experience demonstrating the required aptitude. The selected candidate shall demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge and skills while also passing a written assessment where required. This exam is based on skills/abilities and/or academic knowledge; as well as safety.
  • Additional certifications or licensure appropriate to the job may be required
  • Knowledge of operational area, policies, processes and procedures
  • Knowledge of supervisory methods and techniques
  • Skilled in resolving day-to-day questions/problems regarding equipment, materials, methods and procedures needed to complete projects
  • Skilled in effective communication, both verbally and written
  • Highly skilled in the operation of heavy mobile equipment (drills, shovels, haul trucks, dozer)
  • Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety precautions
  • Skilled in following safety practices and recognizing hazards




  • High School diploma or GED
  • 1-2 years of Dispatch experience
  • SME/Mentor on multiple pieces of heavy equipment
  • Leadership skills




  • 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 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 regularly required to stand, sit, demonstrate manual dexterity, climb stairs and ladders, work on elevated platforms, talk, hear and see
  • Occasionally may be required to lift moderately heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) during the course of the workday
  • Personal protective equipment is required when performing work in a mine, outdoor, or manufacturing 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 allowed by applicable state laws

At Freeport, we are committed to providing an employment package that recognizes excellence, rewards value and impact, and encourages safe production. Benefits and compensation are foundational elements of this package, along with career development opportunities, job progression and a culture supported by our core values, among others. Learn more at: FCX Jobs - Working Here



We provide an industry-leading benefits package with some of the lowest cost to employees – offering health, wellness, life insurance, paid time off, retirement savings and more. These benefits are available to you and your dependents starting day one. Our comprehensive benefits program is important to how we support the health and wellness of employees and their families. For further benefits information please click here: Benefits Details



The estimated pay range for this role is currently $28.00 - $39.00/hour. This range reflects base salary only and does not include bonus payments, benefits or retirement contributions. Actual base pay is determined by experience, qualifications, skills and other job-related factors. This role is eligible for additional discretionary and incentive payment considerations based on company and individual performance. More details will be shared during the hiring process.   


Safety / Work Conditions:

Candidates will be required to participate in a post-offer, pre-employment medical examination for the following positions which may have essential job duties that can impact both their own safety and the safety of others:

  • 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).


Equal Opportunity Employer

Nearest Major Market: Denver

Job Segment: Operations Manager, Technician, Electrical, Operations, Technology, Engineering

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