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CHIEF GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER - PHOENIX, AZ

Job Field:
Engineering and Mineral Processing Jobs
Discipline:
Civil Engineer Jobs, Geotechnical Jobs, Project Management Jobs, Tailings/Dam Jobs
Minerals:
Unspecified
Country:
United States of America
Region:
Arizona
Contract Type:
Full Time / Permanent
Currency:
Unspecified
Salary Description:
on application
Posted:
07-Jul-17
Recruiter:
Freeport-McMoRan
Job Ref:
1701549

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
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering or related engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum, with courses in soil mechanics and foundation engineeringand 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 engineeringand 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

Qualifications

Preferred

  • 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

Criteria/Conditions

  • 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 thirty (30) pounds during the course of the workday
  • 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
  • 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 allowed by 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

Nearest Major City

Phoenix

Job

Chief Geotechnical Engineer - Phoenix, AZ

Primary Location

United StatesArizonaPhoenix Corporate Office

Requisition ID

1701549

Closing Date:
03/08/2017

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