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Title:  Senior Process Automation Engineer

Requisition ID:  121386

Safford, AZ, US, 85546

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.


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

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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