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Title:  Process Automation Technician II

Requisition ID:  92325

Safford, AZ, US, 85548

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.


Work with limited supervision to provide technical knowledge and guidance assisting with maintenance and repair of automation systems and associated circuitry. Provides installation, diagnostics, repair and programming of industrial automation systems and equipment.

  • Provides installation, diagnostics, repair and programming of industrial automation equipment (i.e. instrumentation, industrial communications, DCS, HMI, PLC, PC interface, and third party equipment).
  • Interface with staff engineers, external technical representatives, operations, and maintenance personnel. Provide automation system maintenance, electrical/instrumentation assistance, and associated programming for support.
  • Run and optimize the process. Input samples into the automated process lines and troubleshoot to identify problems and fix them as required.
  • Ensures assay quality by calibration and maintenance of automated equipment
  • Actively participates in safety and environmental programs and other programs determined by management.
  • Perform other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Completion of an approved certified electronics, electrical and/or instrumentation program or minimum of four (4) years of experience in electrical and/or instrumentation repair and maintenance
  • Strong technical knowledge in communication, interfaces and protocols
  • Ability to read, understand and apply information from technical manuals, prints, and schematics for trouble shooting and repair
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills to satisfy training, safety, and electronic message transmission policies of the company


Preferred Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent (GED)
  • Familiar with programmable logic controller hardware and software
  • Familiar with industrial communication protocols ie. Modbus, Devicenet, Ethernet/IP, Controlnet
  • Proficient with industrial instrumentation using analog control signals, 4-20mA
  • Basic computer skills
  • 3+ years as a journeyman electrician

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

Job Segment: Instrumentation, Electrical, Technician, Electrician, Engineer, Engineering, Technology

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