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Title:  Operations Technician

Requisition ID:  121528

Climax, CO, US, 80429

Category:  Operations

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

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:

$33.75 - $39.00/Hour

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

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