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Engineer- Projects

Rio Tinto
Salt Lake City, UT, US
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Jan 15, 2022

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Field Engineer - Projects
  • Excellent opportunity to provide technical support for a large/complex operation
  • Work in a diverse, collaborative, and rapidly changing environment
  • Begin your career with Rio Tinto today!
  • Based in Salt Lake City, Utah

About the role

All progress begins with pioneers. At Rio Tinto, it begins with you.

We are looking for a Project Field Engineer to manage a variety of moderate to major-sized projects and studies for the Tailings Project and Engineering team located in Salt Lake City, Kennecott Copper business.

Rio Tinto Kennecott is a fully integrated mining operation located just outside Salt Lake City, Utah, US. Kennecott is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto. For more than 110 years, Kennecott has been mining and processing minerals from the rich orebody of the Bingham Canyon Mine. Kennecott is a strong economic driver and strives to be a valuable community partner through strategic partnerships, charitable giving, and sustainable development practices

This role is a great opportunity to join a truly global mining organization and be involved in the planning and delivery of projects from initiation to completion, and is focused on achieving objectives through managing resources, budgets, schedules, changes, and risks.

Reporting to the Principal Engineer - Projects and working in a collaborative community you will be:
  • Assisting the project manager with a variety of projects and technologies that will require you to leverage engineering, business, and cross-functional team management skills
  • Leading, planning, and coordinating the study or implementation stages of projects, including the management of all functional areas
  • Ability to read and understand complex mechanical, structural, and civil engineering plans and specifications.
  • Assisting with resourcing, procurement, contract management, and progress reporting
  • Accountable for safely and successfully delivering the project and business case by ensuring the results meet technical, quality, cost, and schedule requirements as per the lifecycle stages
  • Planning and delivering relevant safety requirements into all activities, tasks, and projects based on assessed hazards, identified critical risks, and mitigating actions
  • Assisting with proper project governance and stage-gate approvals
  • Oversee and coordinate project work activities
  • Execution of planning and integration with operations
  • Coordination of Pre-commissioning and commissioning activities
  • Operation of GIS systems to track construction as-builts and work progress

What you'll bring
  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team
  • Advanced degree in engineering, construction management, surveying or project management.
  • 5 - 10 years of progressively responsible experience in project experience in general construction
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and experience with computer system applications, including Word, Excel, Power Point, MS Project

Beneficial for this role:
  • Experience using AutoCAD and GIS.
  • Broad understanding of program management, project management, project controls, business improvement, contract management, risk management & change management
  • Knowledge of Project-based software tools and systems
  • Experience with operational personnel coordination
  • Experience with cross-functional team management
  • Critical Risk Management and practices
  • Strong communication and conflict resolution skills incident management
  • Quality assurance, pre-commissioning, and commissioning experience a plus
  • High level of schedule development and management experience

What we offer

Be recognized for your contribution, your thinking, and your hard work, and go home knowing you've helped the world progress.
  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • A competitive salary package with annual cash incentive awards for eligible employees
  • Career development & education assistance to further your ambitions
  • Access top tier family-friendly health and medical programs and pension plan
  • Wellbeing benefits
  • Generous Rio Tinto employee share program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Ongoing individual wellbeing support for you and your family for personal and professional matters
  • Leave for all of life's reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave)
  • A focus on work-life balance such that you are able to enjoy all the wonderful adventures life in Salt Lake City has to offer.

About Rio Tinto

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls 'progress' begins with
a first step, and someone willing to take it: explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress.

Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium the world's first to be certified "responsible" helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world and explore the universe.
Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.

Where you'll be working

Our Kennecott mine is a world-class, fully integrated copper mining operation, including a concentrator, smelter and refinery, located just outside Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States. We produce copper, precious metals including gold and silver, molybdenum and sulfuric acid. Kennecott has been mining and processing minerals from the rich ore body of the Bingham Canyon Mine since 1903 and is one of the tops producing mines in the world, comprising approximately 11 percent of U.S. annual copper production.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, women, the LGBTQ+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

Rio Tinto participates in E-Verify to confirm work authorization. Please visit for more information.

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable being themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.


We work in 36 countries – in mines, smelters and refineries, as well as in sales offices, data centres, research and development labs and with artificial intelligence. Our geologists explore the Earth’s wildest terrain. Our wildlife specialists work to protect and conserve grizzly bears in Canada and migratory shorebirds in Western Australia. Our marketing teams make sure our essential materials meet the specific needs of customers around the world. In Australia, our archaeologists work alongside Indigenous Australians to preserve 40,000-year-old rock art.

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