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Title:  Laboratory Technician III

Requisition ID:  94506

Sahuarita, AZ, US, 85629

Category:  Scientific 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 minimal supervision, performs routine and non-routine chemical and/or metallurgical analytical tasks at assigned site. Included bench expertise and training responsibilities.
  • Perform Tech I and II duties as needed

  • Prepare samples for analysis/run tests using appropriate techniques and perform sample preparation for quality control program - at some sites this may include assisting with shipping and receiving document retention procedures and/or assisting accounting with month end close procedures

  • May build sample progression under direction of Supervisor; or set up test plant or operational flow for sample preparation and analysis which may include LIMS and/or SAP data management duties

  • Provide operation diagnostics and adjustments for tests and analytical equipment

  • Maintain laboratory instrumentation and equipment; diagnose problems, calibrate and retest as appropriate; ensure lab has appropriate supplies for operation

  • Serve as group lead to include training and ensuring the performance of group technicians

  • Train laboratory personnel in techniques and use of instrumentation in specific area of expertise

  • Perform other duties as required: Laboratory QA/QC, Safety, Hazardous Waste Disposal, and Material Collection

  • Provide input and recommendations to Engineers regarding laboratory testing

  • Perform other duties as required


Minimum Qualifications


  • Three (3) years of direct lab experience, OR
  • Associate's of related degree which includes two (2) years of related lab experience
  • Demonstrated expert knowledge of lab equipment, lab protocols and techniques appropriate to assigned areas

  • Ability to trouble-shoot normal level issues on bench

  • Demonstrated ability to train and lead others in particular area of lab expertise

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

  • Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety precautions

  • Must have completed N4 to N5 progression for same or similar role.If employee is a transfer at same grade level must complete N5 progression for appropriate role within 180 days




  • High School Diploma or GED Preferred
  • Strong knowledge and experience using MS Excel and MS Word
  • Familiar with laboratory equipment including, but not limited to pH meters, analytical balances, microwave digestion oven, centrifuge and titration equipment.
  • Prior experience working in a laboratory setting and comfortable working with chemicals.
  • Prior experience preparing samples for chemical and physical analysis.
  • Willing to travel to company mine sites.
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs.




  • 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, push, pull or maneuver moderately heavy objects (up to 40 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

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: Tucson

Job Segment: Laboratory, Chemical Research, Shipping and Receiving, QC, Instrumentation, Science, Engineering, Operations, Quality

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