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Title:  Engineer II - Tailings Crushed Leach and Water

Requisition ID:  43561

Sahuarita, AZ, US, 85629

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 general supervision, maintain performance of tailings impoundments, crushed leach pads, water dams, and related facilities through inspection, measurement, interpretation, coordination, and reporting.

  • Contribute to data collection, information gathering and interpretation, reconciliation, sensitivity assessments, and data management
  • Assist with the development, maintenance and implementation of plans to enhance tailings, crushed leach and/or water dam management programs.
  • Proactively seek improvements to the safe and geotechnically stable construction and operation of ore leach pads, tailings storage facilities, storm water ponds, etc.
  • Collaborate with Site TCLW Engineers, Operations and Maintenance departments to troubleshoot, resolve and report on operational issues
  • Communicate accurate, timely and relevant Geotechnical information as needed to corporate and operational management team and staff
  • Lead engineering and project management efforts on small projects or portions of larger projects
  • Evaluate, select, and apply standard techniques, engineering tools, procedures, and guidelines to perform a task or sequence of tasks
  • Assist with the preparation of annual sustaining capital, operational budget and capital funding
  • Liaise with teammates in the FMMC Corporate TCLW Group to develop scopes of work, as required. Understand impact versus benefit
  • May represent the site on company sponsored steering teams related to Geotechnical efforts
  • Perform other duties as assigned



Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Geotechnical Engineering or related Engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum, with courses in Soil Mechanics and three (3) years of experience in Engineering or related scientific field, OR
  • Master’s degree in Civil or Geotechnical Engineering or related Engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum, with courses in Soil Mechanics and two (2) years of experience in Engineering or related scientific field
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing to a diversely educated audience
  • Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety for yourself and others
  • Skilled in following safety practices and recognizing hazards
  • Knowledge in the principles and practices of Civil, Geologic, Geotechnical, or Hydrologic Engineering or a related field of Science or Engineering
  • Knowledge of appropriate software (MS Office, AutoCAD) and Geotechnical analysis


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a related Engineering discipline and three years’ experience
  • Certification of Engineer in Training (EIT) and/or equivalent relevant certification or Professional Engineer (PE) Certification
  • Active tailings deposition experience including planning and execution process and/or earth embankment construction monitoring and quality assurance
  • Experience in soil characterization, interpretation of geotechnical lab tests on tailings or crushed leach material
  • Experience with geotechnical slope stability instrumentation and monitoring programs, data management, and analysis, particularly for tailings or crushed leach facilities
  • Experience reviewing and editing geotechnical engineering reports and documents for a variety of applications
  • Engineering experience in soil characterization, seismic analysis, slope stability, and/or surface water hydrology, hydraulics, and groundwater hydrology
  • Experience managing construction projects or contractor work
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Experience with metal mining operations, especially with tailings storage facility (dam), water dams and/or crushed leach stockpile design and operations
  • Experience with reclamation projects, and/or inactive mine sites
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestic up to 75%



  • 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
  • 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.

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