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Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

United States

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Smelter Operator II - Miami, AZ


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Miami, AZ, United States 

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Energy and Power Jobs: Operations

Job Description:

Freeport-McMoRan is a premier U.S.-based natural resources 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 the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer, 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 for our employees. We encourage you to take some time to explore your career opportunities at Freeport-McMoRan.


Highly skilled worker who under general supervision safely performs duties related to the smelting of metals from ore in various areas of the plant.

  • Completes duties within assigned area or areas that could include the utility area, the Isa, the electric furnace, the converters, the anode plant and the acid plant
  • Responsibilities within the Isa smelting vessel area include:
    • Operating tapping machines and belting systems
    • Working on and around an industrial boiler 
  • Responsibilities within the electric furnace area include:
    • Operating tapping machines
    • Operating a slag hauler (cress)
    • Cleaning launders which are used for molten metal transfers
    • Working around ventilation equipment which includes fans and scrubbers
    • Working with electrode-hydraulic systems
    • Performing housekeeping and minor maintenance activities such as troubleshooting equipment for smelter maintenance mechanics
  • Responsibilities within the converter area include:
    • Running belt systems
    • Handling silica flux and reverts
    • Operating a rotary furnace converter
  • Responsibilities within the anode plant include:
    • Working on water systems, casting systems, hydraulic systems, and refining processes
  • Responsibilities within the acid plant include:
    • Assisting with, and performing the starting and stopping of valves and pumps
    • Opening and closing valves
    • Acid stream sample retrieval
    • Analyzing samples for acid strength
    • Processing and analyzing samples in onsite lab
  • Responsibilities within the utility area include:
    • Unloading railcars that contain copper concentrate
    • Unloading bulk bags with various recycled materials such as foundry sands, precious metal scraps, and sludges that contain copper or precious metals
    • Managing truck unloading of copper concentrate, revert material, and silica
    • Transferring materials via belt systems that are distributed to different areas within the smelter
  • May assist with maintenance activities such as changing valves and piping
  • May operate skid-steer loaders, front-end loaders, 35 ton haul trucks, 75 ton overhead cranes, track excavators, forklifts, graders, water trucks, and vacuum trucks
  • Mentor and train fellow employees
  • Modify and create smelter operations standard operating procedures (SOP's)
  • Acts as a Fill-in Supervisor as needed
  • Perform area housekeeping
  • Perform other duties as required

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 2 (two) years of experience in trade
  • Possess good communication skills