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Chief Geotechnical Engineer: Phoenix, AZ, US, 85004-2121

Job Field:
Engineering and Mineral Processing Jobs, Geosciences Jobs
Civil Engineer Jobs, Geotechnical Jobs, Project Management Jobs, Tailings/Dam Jobs, Geotechnical Engineer Jobs, Soil Science Jobs
United States of America
Contract Type:
Full Time / Permanent
Salary Description:
on application
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Under limited supervision, provide geotechnical engineering support and project management related to design, construction, and operation of crushed ore heap leach pads, tailings storage facilities, storm water ponds, mining infrastructure foundations, etc. and serve as company resource for geotechnical information and analysis
  • Perform critical review of technical reports, analyses, design plans, specifications, cost estimates and develop appropriate recommendations. Stay abreast of the state of the practice in geotechnical engineering to fulfill this role
  • Manage projects and serve as subject matter expert (SME) on large/complex site planning/construction, expansion or modifications. Provide guidance to site managers and engineers on applicable programs, practices, and regulations
  • Supervise in-the-field effort on site reconnaissance, geologic mapping, geotechnical drilling, geotechnical profiling, geotechnical instrumentation, construction quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) activities for design and construction of crushed ore leach pads, tailings embankments, foundations, and/or other mining infrastructure
  • Contribute to strategic planning and budgeting efforts for designated engineering areas
  • Proactively seek improvements to the safe and geotechnically stable construction and operation of crushed ore leach pads, tailings storage facilities, storm water ponds, etc. and communicate relevant geotechnical information to operational management team and staff
  • Evaluate and administer contracts with vendors for the provision of services and equipment
  • Represent the site on company sponsored steering committees, task forces, or teams
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

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/Geotechnical Engineering or related engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum, with courses in soil mechanics and foundation engineering and seven(7) years of experience in applicable field of expertise, including lead or supervisory experience, OR
  • Master's Degree in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering or related engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum, with courses in soil mechanics and foundation engineering and five (5) years of experience in applicable field of expertise, including lead or supervisory experience
  • Knowledge in the principles and practices of civil, geological, and/or geotechnical engineering or a related field of science or engineering
  • Expertise in modeling and numerical approaches to solving engineering challenges.
  • Knowledge of appropriate software (MS Office, AutoCAD, and geotechnical analysis)
  • Registered Professional Engineer
  • 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
  • Skilled in following safety practices and recognizing hazards



  • Master's Degree in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Experience in crushed ore heap leach facility design and operation
  • Field experience in earth embankment construction monitoring and quality assurance
  • Field experience in geotechnical site investigations, including crushed ore heap leach and tailings material
  • Experience in soil characterization, interpretation of geotechnical lab tests, and engineering analysis on crushed ore heap leach and tailings material
  • Demonstrated experience in two or more practice areas relevant to tailings and crush leach (e.g. geotechnical engineering, water resources engineering, environmental engineering, slurry transport, seismology, construction management, etc.)
  • Project Management experience
  • Proficiency in using geotechnical software
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally
  • Ability and willingness to travel at least 5 weeks for every quarter

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.

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