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Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

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Senior Geotechnical Engineer - Site TCLW - Climax Mine - Leadville, CO


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Leadville, CO, United States 

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Energy and Power Jobs: Engineering

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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 general supervision, provide professional Geotechnical Engineering support, leadership, analysis and review related to design, construction, and operation of overall slope stability of Crushed Ore Leach Stockpiles (CLSs), Tailings Storage Facilities (TSFs), Water Dams (WDs), and their foundations. Serve as resource for Geotechnical information and analysis in these fields.
  • Supervise, guide and participate in activities to maintain performance of tailings, crushed leach, and water dam facilities through inspection, measurement, data management, interpretation, analysis, coordination, problem solving and reporting
  • Apply and improve performance of tailings, crushed leach and water management systems and associated procedures for assigned active and inactive facilities
  • Oversee construction Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) activities for TSFs, CLSs, and WDs
  • Collaborate with operators, engineers and maintenance to continuously ensure good performance of tailings, crushed leach and water management areas and to identify and implement associated improvements including the mine, process, tailings, water, environmental and safety areas
  • Engage the Engineer of Record in the design and operations of TCLW facilities
  • Communicate accurate, timely and relevant geotechnical information to Operational management team
  • Serve as point of contact with Corporate engineers and management, including tracking all recommendations, ensuring compliance with those recommendations, and reporting actions regularly
  • Work on multiple projects of moderate size or portions of major projects
  • Contribute to annual operational and sustaining capital budget preparation by supplying costs and recommendations
  • Assist with the development, maintenance and implementations of strategic plans and sustaining capital forecasts for five-year and life of mine plans for to assigned TSFs, CLSs, and WDs
  • Manage appropriate budgets for consulting and other services such as drilling and construction contractors
  • Lead and mentor lower level engineers and contractors in key practice areas
  • Review designs in key practice areas and understand interaction with other functional areas/disciplines
  • Apply relevant standards and guidelines
  • Actively support operation’s water team and engineers with analysis of material properties, water loss parameters, and operational changes for TSFs, CLSs, and WDs
  • May represent the site on company sponsored steering teams related to geotechnical efforts
  • Perform other duties as required

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or related Engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum, with courses in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering and five (5) years of experience in an applicable field of expertise; OR
  • Master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering or related Engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum, with courses in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering and three (3) years of experience in an applicable field of expertise
  • Engineer in Training (EIT) or equivalent relevant certification
  • Knowledge in the principles and practices of Civil, Geologic, Geotechnical, or Hydrologic Engineering or a related field of Science or Engineering
  • Able to demonstrate technical competence through design and/or operations experience in at least one of the following work areas: tailings storage, leach stockpiles, water dams, process water balance
  • Knowledge of appropriate software (MS Office, AutoCAD) and Geotechnical data analysis
  • 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 of yourself and others