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Title:  Senior Mechanical Engineer - Tailings Technology

Requisition ID:  123899

Phoenix, AZ, US, 85004-2121

Category:  Engineering Services
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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.

Please note: This position has the possibility to work remotely up to 100% of the time. The position will require occasional travel to the Phoenix corporate offices and/or site locations . This position may be performed anywhere in the U.S. except California, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky and New York.  Additional states may be excluded from remote work based on business factors.  Should the positions shift to in-office work in the future, the company will offer relocation benefits at that time should the position meet the established eligibility for these benefits.


Provide technical guidance, interpret, manage projects/tasks and participate in activities of a newly formed team dedicated to developing Alternative Tailings Technologies projects as a material handling specialist, focused on conveyance and stacking of tailings and waste materials. As part of a team, Develop all relevant components for all phases of investigations and analyses, design, re-design, systems failure analysis and prevention, project execution, field trials, or other design functions within an appropriate time and cost. This position will act under general supervision as a core team member.

  • Lead projects and serve as subject matter expert (SME) on large/complex mine site engineering projects, including the application of existing technology to new conditions such as larger scale or different material properties. Projects may also include internal multi-disciplinary team collaboration as well as vendor partnerships to develop new systems and processes to achieve objectives.
  • Collaborate with relevant corporate and site Engineering teams as well as site Operational and Maintenance departments to integrate existing best practices into project design process
  • Serve as Project Engineering Leader to develop and author engineering reports such as concept design, feasibility studies, alternative analysis, failure analysis and prevention, safe work practice, procedural manuals and final design documents.
  • Develop and evaluate AFEs (Authorization for Expenditure) for capital funding requirements.
  • Evaluate and administer contracts, provisions of services and equipment, perform strategic planning and budgeting
  • Perform planning, scheduling and economic analysis
  • May be responsible for field trial/execution activities for extended periods as projects progress, including being in a role of supervision to front/line or technical employees
  • Use design computer software such as AutoCAD, SAP, Microsoft Project and discipline-specific software tools
  • Evaluate and implement new methods and techniques for operational improvement and benchmark other operations for continuous improvement alternatives.
  • Performs other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements:

  • This position requires international air travel. In accordance with Freeport-McMoRan’s requirement for all employees whose job requires international travel, if you are hired you will be required to submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to travel by air internationally, unless the company has granted a medical or religious accommodation.
  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or related Engineering discipline and five (5) years related experience in engineering in a mine or industrial environment pertaining to equipment modifications and retro-fits., OR
  • Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering or related Engineering discipline and three (3) years related experience in engineering in a mine or industrial environment pertaining to equipment modifications and retro-fits
  • Recent hands-on experience using the principles and practices of mechanical engineering at a mine or industrial site in 2 of the following areas:
    • Reliability centered maintenance to include vibration analysis, thermography, ultrasound and infrared technology
    • Oil analysis for systems management
    • Leading engineering and construction activities for development projects
    • Implementing and managing maintenance improvement plans based on data analysis
    • Broad knowledge of the principles and practices of mechanical engineering
    • Ability to research and analyze information of considerable difficulty and draw valid conclusions
    • Skill in effective communication, both verbal and written, including the ability to actively listen and to adapt behavior and communication style based upon the audience
    • Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety precautions
    • Skill in following safety practices, and recognizing, controlling and/or eliminating hazards Ability to build trust and credibility with employees/peers and establish common goals and expectations

At Freeport, we are committed to providing an employment package that recognizes excellence, rewards value and impact, and encourages safe production. Benefits and compensation are foundational elements of this package, along with career development opportunities, job progression and a culture supported by our core values, among others. Learn more at: FCX Jobs - Working Here



We provide an industry-leading benefits package with some of the lowest cost to employees – offering health, wellness, life insurance, paid time off, retirement savings and more. These benefits are available to you and your dependents starting day one. Our comprehensive benefits program is important to how we support the health and wellness of employees and their families. For further benefits information please click here: Benefits Details



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.  To view an example of a Total Rewards Estimate for this role click here:  Total Rewards Estimate


Safety / Work Conditions:

Candidates will be required to participate in a post-offer, pre-employment medical examination for the following positions which may have essential job duties that can impact both their own safety and the safety of others:

  • 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).


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