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Senior Geotechnical Engineer : Climax, CO, US, 80429

Climax Molybdenum is the world’s leading producer of molybdenum and has a long, successful history of doing business in a safe, highly efficient and socially responsible manner. We have operated in Colorado for more than 100 years and today have mining and milling operations near Leadville, Kremmling and Empire. Our Climax mine is located between Frisco and Leadville. Our Henderson mine and mill are an hour’s drive apart – separated by the Continental Divide and a 15-mile conveyor system (10 miles is underground). The Henderson mine is about 50 miles west of Denver and 10 miles west of Empire, and the mill is located between Dillon and Kremmling.

Climax Molybdenum has the assets, drive and financial strength to provide attractive and rewarding careers. Take time to explore the opportunity to advance your career at one of our sites – the Climax mine and the Henderson mine and / or mill. Live life at the top!


Supervise, provide technical guidance, interpret, manage projects/tasks and/or participate in activities to maintain operational performance and support projects with focus on Tailings and Crushed Leach facilities. Activities include inspection, measurement, interpretation, analysis, coordination, problem solving, forecasting, reporting, and may include project design support, review and improve the performance of existing tailings, crushed leach, and water management systems.

  • 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.
  • Review, improve, and apply tailings and water management systems and associated procedures for assigned facilities to achieve good practice.
  • Provide guidance and instruction to multidisciplinary teams; assign tasks as necessary. Review reports for design and operations projects and provide recommendations to site team and to project consultants.
  • Collaborate to continuously ensure good performance of tailings, crushed leach, and water management areas and to identify and implement associated improvements. This includes engaging the Engineer of Record in the design and operations of the facilities. Serve as point of contact with corporate engineers and management, including tracking all recommendations, ensuring compliance with those recommendations, reporting actions regularly, as well as communicate accurate, timely and relevant geotechnical information to the Site management team.
  • Supervise or may serve as Project Manager or technical expert on large/complex site planning/construction, expansion or modifications.
  • Contribute to strategic planning and budgeting efforts for Tailings Storage, Crushed Leach and Water areas. Manage appropriate budgets for consulting and other services such as drilling and construction contractors.
  • 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.
  • Identify opportunities for improvements and determine associated value for risk reduction measures.
  • Perform other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Geotechnical Engineering or related Engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum and five (5) years of experience in Engineering or related scientific field, OR
  • Master’s degree in Civil or Geotechnical Engineering or related Engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum and three (3) years of experience in Engineering or related scientific field
  • Certified Engineer-in-Training or equivalent
  • Knowledge of principles and practice of civil, geotechnical, water resources, water quality/treatment, and/or geological engineering
  • Demonstrate technical competence through design and/or operations experience in at least one of the following work areas: tailings storage, leach stockpiles, water dams, risk analysis for dams, process water balance, slurry transport
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing in English to a diversely educated audience
    • Proficient in MS Office and other engineering tools (CAD, analytical, mapping)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 Geotechnical or Water Resources Engineering specialization
      • Professional Engineer’s license (PE) or equivalent relevant certification
      • Experience with metal mining operations, especially with tailings storage facility (dam), water dams and/or crushed leach stockpile design and operations
      • 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, open channel and pipe system hydraulics, and groundwater hydrology analysis and design
      • Experience in planning, analysis, design, review and implementation of stormwater control plans and projects
      • Water resources and surface water management related to dams and dam safety  
      • Experience in risk analysis for tailing storage facilities and/or water dams
      • Experience with geotechnical slope stability instrumentation and monitoring programs, data management, and analysis
      • 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, ArcGIS, GoldSim), programming languages
      • Ability and willingness to travel domestic / international



      • 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
      • 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

      Benefits & Compensation

      The company provides a competitive and comprehensive benefits package offering health and welfare benefits, paid time off, retirement, and more. These benefits are available to you and your eligible dependents on your first day of employment. Some of your benefits are company paid, and you will pay a portion of other benefits. The company pays the greatest portion of your benefits, passing along only a fraction of the total cost to employees. For further benefits information please click here: Benefits Details

      Pay Range:

      $95,500- $135,000/Annually

      Rate of pay dependent on competency, experience, qualifications and skills

      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

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