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Senior Process Automation Controller

Safford, Arizona, US
Closing date
Jun 17, 2023

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Accounting, Computer etc., Mill & Metallurgy
Work Term
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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.


Supervise, coordinate, provide technical assistance, guidance and leadership for employees working with automation systems to optimize plant processes through strategic use of plant data and automation.

  • Monitor and coach employees to ensure safe work environment
  • Plan and coordinate daily and longer-term work, monitor employee actions, track employee training and plans future training needs
  • Provide technical assistance with automation system operations and maintenance
  • Evaluate and administer contracts with vendors for the provision of services and equipment
  • Maintain current working knowledge of applicable federal, state and local regulations
  • Provide guidance and counsel to the site management team on applicable programs, practices and existing/proposed local, state and federal regulations
  • Contribute to site strategic planning and budgeting efforts
  • May represent the site on Company-sponsored steering teams
  • Order parts and other supplies as required
  • Keep track of Process Automation equipment obsolescence and develops plans to replace equipment prior to it becoming obsolete
  • Perform other duties as required


Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED and seven (7) years of technical experience in an area or areas relevant to Process Automation, including project management experience and electrical safety; OR
  • Associate's degree and (5) years of technical experience in an area or areas relevant to Process Automation, including project management experience and electrical safety; OR
  • Bachelor of Science degree in a technical area similar to Process Automation and at least (3) years of technical experience in an area or areas relevant to Process Automation, including project management experience and electrical safety
  • Three (3) years of experience must include working with PLCs and/or DCSs


  • Bachelor of Science or Associates degree in Electrical/Electronic/Computer/System Engineering
  • Previous supervision experience
  • Electrical Journeyman Training
  • PLC or DCS manufacture's training or certification
  • Experience in PI or other process database storage and retrieval system
  • Understanding of the science behind Convolution, Flotation, Exothermic reactions, and other processes used in mining and mineral beneficiation and processing


  • 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, 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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