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Title:  Powder Employee I

Requisition ID:  32624

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.


Safely performs duties related to the blasting and excavation of natural materials at a skilled level.
  • May operate stemming equipment such as: backhoes, front-end loaders, skid-steer loaders, stemming trucks, and light-duty vehicles
  • May perform or be responsible for the following duties:
    • Programming blast patterns using electronic blasting system
    • Reviewing blast timing and sequence in accordance with tying in pattern
    • Measuring blast holes for total depth and water depth
    • Determining powder load and stem height
    • Proper priming of blast holes and depths
    • Assembling primer and placing primer with main charge in blast hole
    • Controlling inventory explosives
  • Communicate and interact with various departments and employees within various levels of organization
  • Responsible for the knowledge and safe performance of the following procedures:  clearing blast sites, securing and holding blocking positions,  blast initiation, post-blast inspection, misfires, mining out problem holes, dewatering blast holes, and lightning prediction
  • May assist with proper hook-up and delay techniques of non-electric, electric, and/or electronic initiation systems in accordance with blast design and engineering criteria
  • Perform pre-shift and work area inspections
  • Perform other duties as required


Minimum Qualifications

  • Six (6) months of mine operations experience
  • Basic computer skills
  • Must obtain permission to legally handle explosives per ATF standards once in position
  • Knowledge of hazards associated with all blast patterns, including securing blast areas from public access and equipment


  • 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
  • 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
  • Employee may be required to work in environments that may include exposure to extreme temperatures, humidity, dust, noise, fumes, and gasses
  • 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 fifty (50) pounds during the course of the work day
  • May be required to work a non-standard schedule which may include shift work (other than day shift) in a 24/7/365 operation
  • 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 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: Engineer, Inspector, Front End, Engineering, Quality, Technology

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