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Title:  Senior Production Support & Development Technician

Requisition ID:  99587

Safford, AZ, US, 85546

Category:  Scientific 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.


Under minimal supervision, performs routine and specialized SX/EW and Leach testing functions.  Duties include but are not limited to data collection, sample collection, preparation and data reporting; mine site support and assist in the development and optimization of site processes. May include team lead responsibilities.
  • Serve as Lead for various audits, inspections and site support projects, which may include traveling to mine sites
  • May build bench scale experiments/monitor sample progression under direction of Project Manager or Supervisor or set up test plant or operational flow for sample preparation and analysis 
  • Prepare samples for analysis and run tests using appropriate established techniques and methods
  • Create new and/or modify existing SOP’s
  • Set-up and maintain laboratory/field instrumentation and equipment; diagnose problems, calibrate and retest as appropriate; ensure lab has appropriate supplies for operation 
  • Train and mentor other employees in all areas of SX/EW and Leach functions
  • Participate in project planning and execution of project(s)
  • Provide input and recommendations to Project Managers regarding testing 
  • Operate mobile equipment, including but not limited to: forklifts, overhead crane, loaders, skid steers
  • Enter data into spreadsheets/databases and report results to sites
  • Compile, assign, track, ship and receive materials as required
  • May serve as fill-in Supervisor
  • Follow and understand MSHA/OSHA rules and regulations, Environmental rules and regulations, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and work area instructions
  • Participate in safety and environmental activities
  • Use plant and laboratory equipment correctly at all times
  • Perform housekeeping and other duties as required 


Minimum Qualifications


  • Five (5) years of direct lab experience, OR
  • Related Associate's degree, which includes four (4) years of related lab experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Expert knowledge of lab equipment, lab protocols and techniques appropriate to assigned areas
  • Demonstrated ability to train others in particular area of lab/tasks
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety precautions and to lead others with regard to proper safety application in all assignments
  • Experience with mathematic and/or numbers based tasks
  • Experience with chemical sample preparation and/or analysis
  • Ability to follow detailed, technical instructions
  • Experience with tedious or repetitive motions or tasks
  • Strong organizational and documentation skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel to mine sites with occasional overnight stay
  • Experience working in an ISO 9001/EMS 14001/OHSAS 18001 environment




  • High School diploma or GED
  • 3 years of experience as a lead at a plant or area(s).
  • 3 years of SXEW/CLP plant or analytical lab experience.
  • Proficiency using MS Excel to develop and maintain spreadsheets, reports and other documentation
  • SX/EW and Leaching experience
  • Mobile equipment experience
  • Overhead crane experience


  • 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
  • A valid driver's license is required
  • Ability to travel to mine sites with occasional overnight stay
  • Work is in an outdoor, laboratory or mine 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, push, pull or maneuver moderately heavy objects (up to 40 pounds) during the course of the workday
  • 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 testingas allowed by 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability

Nearest Major Market: Safford

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