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Senior Process Engineer - Life Cycle

Sahuarita, Arizona, US
Closing date
Dec 11, 2022

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Engineering, Mill & Metallurgy
Work Term
Work Load
Full Time
Freeport-McMoRan is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. We operate large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold, and molybdenum. The company has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry. Freeport-McMoRan is one of the world's largest publicly traded copper producers, the world's largest producer of molybdenum and a significant gold producer. We have a long and successful history of conducting our business in a safe, highly efficient and socially-responsible manner.

We have the assets, the talent, the drive and the financial strength to provide attractive and rewarding careers of our employees. We encourage you to take the time to explore the opportunity to advance your career at Freeport-McMoRan.


Under limited supervision, assists in providing technical advice and guidance for designated projects and programs for Resource Management [Environmental Technology (ET) and Life Cycle Analysis Team (LCAT)]. This position will support ET/LCAT's applied research and development programs to safely advance business-critical projects. The selected candidate will assist in the design, implementation, operation, and monitoring of projects utilizing emerged and emerging technologies with the overarching goal of managing environmental liabilities.
  • Reviews, investigates, and develops improvements and design for current operation processes and recommendations for assigned liability management projects. Provides evaluation of project background, historical data and information, and project goals for assessment of viable alternatives
  • Organizes and participates in conceptualization, site visits and investigation, development, evaluation, implementation or modification for small- to large-scale projects
  • Organizes and supervises field and laboratory activities and works with support personnel, site contacts, and vendors/consultants. Analyze data from field and laboratory activities including mass balance, percent recovery. Provide recommendations to optimize processes to increase efficiency and/or production
  • Evaluate and recommend relevant emerged and emerging technologies and processes.
  • Perform other duties as required


Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in an appropriate Engineering discipline and five (5) years related experience in engineering or related field, OR
  • Master's degree in an appropriate Engineering discipline and three (3) years related experience in engineering or related field.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practice of the scientific method.
  • Able to research, synthesize, and analyze information of considerable difficulty and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards, safety precautions, and safety culture among FM and contractor employees.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Skill in managing large/complex Engineering projects

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 5 years' experience in industrial water treatment
  • Experience with metal mining operations and processes
  • Project management experience including cost estimating, project scheduling and project controls
  • Familiar with related Engineering software (AutoCAD/Civil 3D/ Hydraulic Modeling Software)
  • Knowledgeable in process control
  • High mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to read P&IDs, PFD, other engineering drawings.
  • Skilled in effective communication, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to work safely

  • Position will require up to travel (25%) to various active or legacy mine sites to conduct related activities.
  • This position requires domestic travel including 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.
  • Work is mainly in an office setting but will also include time spent in a laboratory setting or in the field. Field work may include exposure to extremes in temperature, altitude, and humidity, moving mechanical parts and equipment, risk of electric shock, and potential exposure to toxic chemicals, explosives, fumes or airborne particles.
  • Must be able to work in a potentially stressful environment.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally regularly required to walk over rough terrain; stand, sit, or drive vehicles for extended periods of time; demonstrate manual dexterity; climb slopes, stairs, or ladders and work on elevated platforms; and, talk, see, smell and hear to recognize unsafe conditions.
  • Personal protective equipment is required when performing work at a mine, outdoors, near construction, or in a industrial plant environment. Required equipment includes hard hat, hi-vis safety vest, safety glasses, safety footwear, and as needed, hearing protection, respirator, rubber steel-toe boots, protective clothing, gloves and any other protective equipment as required
  • Occasionally may be required to lift and carry moderately heavy objects (up to 30 pounds) during the course of the workday.
  • This position requires domestic travel including 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.
  • 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 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

Nearest Major Market: Tucson
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