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Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

United States

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Chief Engineer - Water Resources (Phoenix, AZ, US, 85004-2121)


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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.


This in-person position is performed onsite at Freeport-McMoRan’s corporate office in Phoenix, Arizona. In accordance with Freeport-McMoRan’s requirement for all employees who are working or attending a meeting onsite at the corporate office, if you are hired you will be required to submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to entry, unless the company has granted a medical or religious accommodation.


Supervise water management support related to the design, construction, operation, and closure of tailings and leach facilities as well as all other mine water systems including process and storm water facilities, serve as company resource for water balance modeling and develop new ideas for mine water balance tools and methods

  • Provide site-specific support to engineers and site personnel in the design, development, and maintenance of site-wide water balance models. Incorporate water use scenarios that consider specific production plans and climate scenarios to quantify water balance performance. Use probabilistic predictive simulations to support design projects for capital infrastructure. Use results to formulate value-added solutions to identified challenges or as requested.
  • Apply working knowledge of engineering principles to guide and/or execute site-specific operational water balance activities that include managing contractor work, field investigations, measurement, mapping, interpretation, accounting, analysis, coordination, problem solving, forecasting, and reporting.
  • Provide training to multidisciplinary teams in the use of specialized software and water balance methodologies.
  • Serve as technical expert for mine water balance applications and lead efforts to advance the state of mine water balance modelling through innovative methods, technology, and custom tools.
  • Collaborate to continuously ensure good performance of tailings, crushed leach, and water management areas and to identify and implement associated improvements. Facilitate interaction with other functional areas/disciplines.
  • Develop and/or review scopes of work, evaluate proposals, draft formalized internal requests for funding, and administer contracts with vendors for the provision of services and equipment as approved and required.
  • Manage and /or mentor engineers in key practice areas to level of capabilities.
  • Identify opportunities for improvements and determine associated value for risk reduction measures.
  • Performs other duties as requested.


Minimum Requirements:

This position requires air travel. In accordance with Freeport-McMoRan’s requirement for all employees whose job requires travel by air, 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, unless the company has granted a medical or religious accommodation.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or related engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum and seven (7) years of experience in related engineering field or other closely related field; OR
  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or related Engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum and three (5) years of experience in related engineering field or other closely related field
  • Knowledge of principles and practice of civil, geotechnical, water resources, water quality/treatment, and/or geological engineering
  • Able to demonstrate technical competence through design and/or operations experience in at least one of the following work areas: tailings storage facilities, leach facilities, water dams, process water balance, water quality/treatment, hydraulics/hydrology, hydrogeology
  • Proficient in MS Office and other engineering tools (CAD, analytical, mapping)
  • Strong leadership capabilities
  • Demonstrated communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing in English to a diversely educated audience
  • Present a positive, professional image
  • Self-motivated, energetic, able to execute, and client-service oriented
  • Be able to prioritize tasks and work well under pressure
  • Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety of yourself and others
  • Skilled in following safety practices and recognizing hazards


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering with Water Resources Engineering or water quality/treatment specialization
  • Experience with all phases of projects from concept through feasibility studies and implementation is preferred
  • Demonstrate ability to partner with cross functional groups to execute complex projects
  • Demonstrated expertise and proficiency in the GoldSim simulation software including 5+ years designing and developing water balance models
  • GoldSim Certified Solution Provider
  • Professional Engineer (PE) or equivalent relevant certification
  • Experience with metal mining operations, especially with tailings storage facility, water dams, leach stockpile, water treatment, and metal refining design and operation
  • Utilization of bathymetric and topographic survey data
  • Experience with slurry transport analysis and design
  • Able to research and analyze information of relatively small scope and minimal difficulty and draw valid conclusions
  • Able to evaluate and implement new methods and techniques in design projects and operational support
  • Experience in surface water hydrology, hydraulics, and groundwater hydrology in addition to geotechnical experience
  • Superior interpersonal as well as written and oral communication skills with diverse teams of technical and non-technical staff
  • Skilled in related Engineering software (AutoCAD/Civil 3D, Muk3D, ArcGIS), and programming languages (Python, R)
  • Fluency in Spanish or Bahasa Indonesian languages

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 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.

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