Smelter Operator I

Claypool, Arizona, US
Sep 09, 2020
Oct 09, 2020
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.


Skilled worker who under supervision safely performs duties related to the smelting of metals from ore in various areas of the plant.

  • Completes duties within assigned area or areas that could include the utility area, the Isa, the electric furnace, the convertors, the anode plant and the acid plant
  • Responsibilities within the Isa smelting vessel area include:
    • Operating tapping machines and belting systems
    • Working on and around an industrial boiler
  • Responsibilities within the electric furnace area include:
    • Operating tapping machines
    • Operating a slag hauler (cress)
    • Cleaning launders which are used for molten metal transfers
    • Working around ventilation equipment which includes fans and scrubbers
    • Working with electrode-hydraulic systems
    • Performing housekeeping and minor maintenance activities such as troubleshooting equipment for smelter maintenance mechanics
  • Responsibilities within the convertor area include:
    • Running belt systems
    • Handling silica flux and reverts
    • Operating a rotary furnace convertor
  • Responsibilities within the anode plant include:
    • Working on water systems, casting systems, hydraulic systems, and refining processes
  • Responsibilities within the acid plant include:
    • Assisting with, and performing the starting and stopping of valves and pumps
    • Opening and closing valves
    • Acid stream sample retrieval
    • Analyzing samples for acid strength
    • Processing and analyzing samples in onsite lab
  • Responsibilities within the utility area include:
    • Unloading railcars that contain copper concentrate
    • Unloading bulk bags with various recycled materials such as foundry sands, precious metal scraps, and sludge that contains copper or precious metals
    • Managing truck unloading of copper concentrate, revert material, and silica
    • Transferring materials via belt systems that are distributed to different areas within the smelter
  • May assist with maintenance activities such as changing valves and piping
  • May operate skid-steer loaders, front-end loaders, 35 ton haul trucks, 75 ton overhead cranes, track excavators, forklifts, graders, water trucks, and vacuum trucks
  • May mentor and train fellow employees
  • May modify and create smelter operations standard operating procedures (SOP's)
  • Perform area housekeeping
  • Perform other duties as required


Minimum Qualifications

  • Six (6) months of experience with material handling equipment
  • Possess good communication skills


  • High School diploma or GED


  • 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 performed 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 required to stand, sit, demonstrate manual dexterity, climb stairs and ladders, work on elevated platforms and work in confined spaces
  • Occasionally may be required to lift up to fifty (50) pounds during the course of the work day
  • Will be required to work rotating shifts in a 24/7/365 operation
  • 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 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.

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