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Senior Metallurgist - Hydromet : Safford, AZ, US, 85546

Job Field:
Engineering and Mineral Processing Jobs
Chemical Engineer Jobs, Metallurgist Jobs, Mineral Processing Engineer, Process Jobs
United States of America
Contract Type:
Full Time / Permanent
Salary Description:
on application
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Under general supervision, provides technical expertise, guidance and leadership in metallurgical testing and analysis at assigned site.
  • Conducts, plans and assists with metallurgical study, development, testing and analyses of designs, processes or procedures, including a variety of heap leaching, mineralogy, hydrology, solution extraction, solution balance, electrowinning, and cathode quality at assigned site
  • Serves as technical expert on complex metallurgical testing, including hydrometallurgical process and leach modeling using advanced Excel and other modeling software
  • Reports metallurgical or process issues and makes recommendations to Chief Metallurgist on how to resolve/correct the issues
  • Reviews and recommends new or enhanced metallurgical testing equipment or protocols; contributes to the improvement of metallurgical process
  • Evaluates and administers contracts with vendors for the provision of services and equipment
  • Provides guidance and counsel to the site management team on applicable programs, practices and existing/proposed local, state and federal regulations
  • Maintains current working knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local regulations
  • May contribute to site strategic planning and budgeting efforts for metallurgical testing
  • May represent the site on Company-sponsored steering teams
  • Performs other duties as requested


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Metallurgy, Chemistry or related Engineering discipline andfive (5) years of experience in Metallurgy or related Scientific field; OR
  • Master's degree in Metallurgy, Chemistry or related Engineering discipline and three (3) years of experience in Metallurgy or related Scientific field
  • Acts as a safety and environmental champion by mentoring others in Company culture and values
  • Drives action in existing programs and makes process changes with a safety and environmental focus
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex technical information in a clear and concise form
  • Demonstrated ability to research, recognize and identify interdependence of complex process variables within scope to anticipate issues, draw valid conclusions and make recommendations
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-driven, lead and manage projects, and provide timely and quality results
  • Experience effectively leading and/or be involved on multi-disciplinary groups and demonstrate accountability of work to self and other team members
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate technical needs, drive and optimize test work based on complex data analysis and make recommendations for process improvement changes
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor, engage, lead and empower internal or external resources to solve problems; adapts management style
  • Experience in a mining or industrial lab setting

  • None

  • 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
  • Must be able to work in a potentially stressful environment
  • Work is in a mine or manufacturing plant setting, which may include exposure to extremes in temperature and humidity, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, toxic chemicals, explosives, fumes or airborne particles
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, demonstrate manual dexterity, climb stairs and ladders, work on elevated platforms, talk, hear and see
  • Occasionally may be required to lift moderately heavy objects (up to 30 pounds) during the course of the workday
  • Personal protective equipment is required when performing work in a mine, outdoor, or manufacturing 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
  • Freeport-McMoRan promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing and on-going random drug testing as per applicable State Laws

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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