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Geotechnical Engineer II - Tailings, Crushed Leach and Water - Climax Mine - Leadville, CO

Job Description
Climax Molybdenum Co., a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan, is the world's leading molybdenum producer and supplier. Our global operations include both primary and byproduct molybdenum mines, integrated global operations, and local customer care. We provide our worldwide partners with the most reliable supply and highest quality molybdenum and rhenium products. We have a long and successful history of conducting our business in a safe, highly efficient and socially responsible manner.
We offer outstanding opportunities for individuals who seek challenging, exciting and rewarding work for a company that supplies molybdenum for a variety of high-value applications in industries ranging from steel and oil to aerospace and construction. We encourage you to take some time to explore your career opportunities at Climax Molybdenum.
This position is located at the Climax Mine site off of CO-91 between Silverthorne, CO and Leadville, CO. This is a rural, alpine area approximately two hours from the Denver metropolitan area. The mine is at an altitude of approximately 10,200 feet. In the winter, the average high temperature is 31 degrees and the average low is 3 degrees. In the summer, the average high temperature is 71 degrees and the average low is 38 degrees. The average snowfall in Lake/Chafee counties is in excess of 200 inches per year.
Under moderate supervision, provide mining operation Geotechnical Engineering support related to design, construction, and operation of ore leach pads, tailings impoundments, storm water ponds, mining infrastructure foundations, etc. Serve as resource for Geotechnical information and analysis.
Lead Geotechnical instrumentation monitoring and data collection
Lead the operation Geotechnical data inventory effort
Lead regular Geotechnical inspections of active and inactive structures
Lead construction Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) activities for construction of tailings embankments, ore leach stockpiles, and/or Engineer-of-Record (EOR)'s QA activities as appropriate
Lead or supervise drilling and Geotechnical instrumentation installation by contractors and EOR
Lead the contract management and coordination with the EOR for ore leach pads, tailings storage facilities, storm water ponds, etc. to ensure regular review, tracking of all actions items, and to ensure compliance with recommendations of the EOR
Communicate accurate, timely and relevant Geotechnical information to operational management team and staff
Liaise with the FCX Corporate Tailings and Crushed Leach Stewardship Team by tracking all recommendations, ensuring compliance with those recommendations, and regular reporting
Liaise with the FMMC Corporate Tailings and Water Group to develop scopes of work, as required
Proactively seek improvements to the safe and Geotechnically stable construction and operation of ore leach pads, tailings storage facilities, storm water ponds, etc.
Assist with the development, maintenance and implementations of strategic plans to enhance the operation's slope stability program
Assist with the preparation of annual sustaining capital, operational budget and capital funding
May represent the site on company sponsored steering teams related to Geotechnical efforts
Perform other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in Engineering from an accredited curriculum, with courses in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering and three (3) years of experience in an applicable field of expertise, OR
Master's degree in Geotechnical Engineering or applicable Engineering discipline and two (2) years of experience in an applicable field of expertise
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
Qualifications
Preferred
Master's degree in a related Engineering discipline
Professional Engineer (PE) Certification
Active tailings deposition experience including planning and execution process and/or earth embankment construction monitoring and quality assurance
Experience with geotechnical slope stability instrumentation and monitoring programs, data management, and analysis
Experience reviewing and editing geotechnical engineering reports and documents for a variety of applications
Engineering experience in geotechnical analyses including field investigations, lab testing, soil characterization, slope stability, seismic analysis
Experience in surface water hydrology, hydraulics, and groundwater hydrology in addition to geotechnical experience
Criteria/Conditions
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 and work on elevated platforms
Occasionally may be required to lift moderately heavy objects (up to 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 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.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability
JobGeotechnical Engineer II - Tailings, Crushed Leach and Water - Climax Mine - Leadville, CO
Primary LocationUnited StatesColoradoClimax (Leadville, CO)
Requisition ID1804683



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