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Manage and review Engineering designs and construction plans for crushed leach pads, dams, levees and foundations company-wide and ensure optimization of projects. Serve as technical advisor on geotechnical infrastructure projects and as company resource for geotechnical information and analysis.

  • Serve as a technical specialist and perform critical review of geotechnical aspects of crushed leach pads, tailings dams, water dams, levees and infrastructure foundation/civil design investigations and designs
  • 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 Managers and Engineers on applicable programs, practices, and regulations
  • Interpret Geotechnical theory and practice and provide recommendations to Management to aid in decision making
  • Act as a company resource and mentor in the practice of Geotechnical Engineering
  • Proactively identify and champion new technologies and management programs that will optimize operational operations and improve safety
  • Ensure optimization of on-going and proposed dams, crushed leach pads and plan foundation structures through technology transfer and benchmarking
  • Contribute to strategic planning and budgeting efforts for designated Engineering areas
  • Represent the site on company sponsored steering committees, task forces, or teams
  • Perform other duties as requested

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering or related Engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum, with courses in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering and ten (10) years of experience in an 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 eight (8) years of experience in an applicable field of expertise, including lead or supervisory experience
  • 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
  • Knowledge in the principles and practices of Civil, Geological, and/or Geotechnical Engineering or a related field of science or Engineering
  • Expert in crushed ore heap leach facility design, construction, management and operation
  • Experience in tailings and water dam design, construction, management, and operation
  • Expert in managing programs with various levels of operational staff and professionals
  • 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.)
  • Expertise in modeling and numerical approaches to solving engineering challenges
  • Proficiency in using appropriate software (MS Office, AutoCAD, and geotechnical analysis)
  • Project Management experience
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally
  • Ability and willingness to travel at least five (5) weeks for every quarter
  • 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
  • Position requires approximately five (5) weeks of travel per quarter
  • Position may require walking/hiking at dam facilities
  • Position is based in a busy, non-smoking office located in downtown Phoenix, AZ, but may be based out of a FCX Operation’s facility as needed on a project-by-project basis
  • Location requires mobility in an office environment; each floor is accessible by an elevator and internal staircase
  • Personal protective equipment is required when performing work in a mine, outdoor, construction 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 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


Manager Geotechnical Engineering - Tailings, Crushed Leach and Water - Phoenix, AZ

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United StatesArizonaPhoenix Corporate Office

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