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Title:  Senior Process Automation Engineer

Requisition ID:  130677

Phoenix, AZ, US, 85004-2121

Category:  Engineering Services
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Why You Should Apply For This Job: 

At Freeport-McMoRan, we are committed to providing an employment package that recognizes excellence, encourages safe production and a culture supported by our core values. Here, you’ll find a collaborative environment where safety is a top priority, all opinions are valued, and people are empowered to grow in their career. Apply Today!     


Where You Will Work   

Our global headquarters is in Phoenix, Arizona. Several hundred employees support global operations in finance, human resources, information technology, planning and more from the main office, satellite offices or online. Employees working on a flexible schedule collaborate online and in-person at our Collaboration Hub at the Cotton Center in Phoenix. The Collaboration Hub provides an open, flexible workspace for individuals and teams to come together for various business needs. Amenities at the Hub include a working café, phone booths and meeting rooms with technology tools for virtual and in-person collaboration.  


Phoenix is the capital of the Grand Canyon State and enjoys mostly bright skies throughout the year. It is the perfect place if you enjoy the outdoors, love sports, concerts and other big city amenities or technology. There are great neighborhoods around Phoenix, with easy access to a major city, nature, the arts and many more amenities.  


Supervise, coordinate, provide direction, and advanced problem solving. Review and improve the performance of existing automation systems.

  • Direct or supervise others on moderate to complex issues including mentoring and developing junior Engineers
  • Review and improve performance of discrete, continuous and advanced control equipment and software and identify opportunities to implement process optimization through automation
  • Regular review and improve alarm management systems (alarm rationalization)
  • Participate and represent process automation in HAZOP and other safety and reliability processes and studies
  • Identify and troubleshoot specialized, analytical and advanced sensors
  • Keep track of Process Automation equipment obsolescence and develop plans to replace equipment prior to it becoming obsolete
  • Implement Process Automation solutions through delegation of work
  • Review and comment on project proposals and verify the quality of project work
  • Work with Expert or APC systems to optimize plants
  • Review and improve performance of PCS communication and the plant historian
  • Perform other duties as required


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in an Engineering discipline and five (5) years of related experience in Engineering relevant to Process Automation or related field, including three (3) years of experience with Advance Sensors and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs); OR
  • Master's degree in an appropriate Engineering discipline and three (3) years of related experience in Engineering relevant to Process Automation or related field, including three (3) years of experience with Advance Sensors and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)




  • Previous supervision experience
  • Electrical Journeyman Training
  • PLC or DCS manufacture's training or certification
  • Experience in Plant Information or some other data base storage and retrieval system
  • Understanding of science behind comminution, flotation, exothermic reactions and other processes used in mining and mineral beneficiation and processing




  • 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 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 per applicable State Laws

What We Offer You 

The estimated annual pay range for this role is currently $94,000 - $132,000. 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. Click here to view a sample of Total Rewards Estimate for this role.  

  • Affordable medical, dental and vision benefits  
  • Company-paid life and disability insurance  
  • 401(k) plan with employer contribution/match  
  • Paid time off, paid sick time, holiday pay, parental leave  
  • Tuition assistance  
  • Employee Assistance Program  
  • Discounted insurance plans for pet, auto, home and vehicle  
  • Internal progression opportunities  
  • Learn more about our competitive and comprehensive benefits package!  


What We Require   

  • Candidates may be required to pass a medical exam.  
  • Candidates must pass all required training and/or testing.  
  • Employees may be required to work a non-standard schedule, which may include shift work (other than day shift) at a 24/7, 365-day operation.  
  • Freeport-McMoRan promotes a drug/alcohol-free work environment using mandatory pre-employment drug testing and on-going drug and alcohol testing, as allowed by applicable laws.    


 Equal Opportunity Employer  


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