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Title:  Process Automation Engineering Specialist I

Requisition ID:  91363

Claypool, AZ, US, 85532

Category:  Engineering 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 close supervision, maintain the performance of the Plant Control System (PCS) by identifying and reporting poor performing process areas and process automation components or platforms.
  • Identify and report poor performing processes by having process understanding of hydrometallurgy (leaching, solve extraction, and electro winning) and/or mineral processing (comminution, flotation, and solid/liquid separation)
  • Identify and report poor performing discrete, continuous or advanced control, controller equipment and software issues, and HMI problems
  • Identify and report faulty process instrumentation by having understanding of basic sensors and actuation
  • Identify and report issues with PCS communication and plant historians
  • Identify and report issues with alarm management by having understanding of alarm philosophy and alarm performance metrics
  • Perform other duties as required


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED and (4) four years of Engineering experience relevant to process automation, OR
  • Bachelor's degree in a Scientific discipline


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Solid background in Rockwell Automation Products such as CompactLogix, ControlLogix, Communication/Networking
  • Proficiency in Factory/Talk Enterprise, Alarm creation and management, HMI development
  • Proficiency in Rockwell Automation PLC code development such as Ladder Logic, Function Block, Produce/Consume, and Add On Instructions
  • Knowledge of building Workstations and Servers
  • Knowledge of Networking, DLR Rings and REP Rings



  • 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 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, and work on elevated platforms
  • Occasionally may be required to lift moderately heavy objects up to thirty (30) 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 testing as 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: Payson

Job Segment: Process Engineer, Testing, Engineer, Instrumentation, Engineering, Mining, Technology

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