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Laboratory Technician III - Climax Mine - Leadville, CO

Date posted 07/15/2017

Job Description

Climax Molybdenum Co., a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan, is the world's leading molybdenum producer and supplier. Our global operations include both primary and byproduct molybdenum mines, integrated global operations, and local customer care. We provide our worldwide partners with the most reliable supply and highest quality molybdenum and rhenium products. We have a long and successful history of conducting our business in a safe, highly efficient and socially responsible manner.
We offer outstanding opportunities for individuals who seek challenging, exciting and rewarding work for a company that supplies molybdenum for a variety of high-value applications in industries ranging from steel and oil to aerospace and construction. We encourage you to take some time to explore your career opportunities at Climax Molybdenum.
This position is located at the Climax Mine site off of CO-91 between Silverthorne, CO and Leadville, CO. This is a rural, alpine area approximately two hours from the Denver metropolitan area. The mine is at an altitude of approximately 10,200 feet. In the winter, the average high temperature is 31 degrees and the average low is 3 degrees. In the summer, the average high temperature is 71 degrees and the average low is 38 degrees. The average snowfall in Lake/Chafee counties is in excess of 200 inches per year.
Under minimal supervision, performs routine and non-routine chemical and/or metallurgical analytical tasks at assigned site. Included bench expertise and training responsibilities.
  • Perform Tech I and II duties as needed

  • Prepare samples for analysis/run tests using appropriate techniques and perform sample preparation for quality control program - at some sites this may include assisting with shipping and receiving document retention procedures and/or assisting accounting with month end close procedures

  • May build sample progression under direction of Supervisor; or set up test plant or operational flow for sample preparation and analysis which may include LIMS and/or SAP data management duties

  • Provide operation diagnostics and adjustments for tests and analytical equipment

  • Maintain laboratory instrumentation and equipment; diagnose problems, calibrate and retest as appropriate; ensure lab has appropriate supplies for operation

  • Serve as group lead to include training and ensuring the performance of group technicians

  • Train laboratory personnel in techniques and use of instrumentation in specific area of expertise

  • Perform other duties as required: Laboratory QA/QC, Safety, Hazardous Waste Disposal, and Material Collection

  • Provide input and recommendations to Engineers regarding laboratory testing

  • Perform other duties as required

  • Minimum Qualifications

    • Three (3) years of direct lab experience, OR
    • Associate's of related degree which includes two (2) years of related lab experience
    • Demonstrated expert knowledge of lab equipment, lab protocols and techniques appropriate to assigned areas

    • Ability to trouble-shoot normal level issues on bench

    • Demonstrated ability to train and lead others in particular area of lab expertise

    • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

    • Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety precautions

    • Must have completed N4 to N5 progression for same or similar role. If employee is a transfer at same grade level must complete N5 progression for appropriate role within 180 days


  • Demonstrated computational skills 
  • Demonstrated computational skills

  • Familiar with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)

  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and maintain ICP and AA instruments

  • Demonstrated ability to create and/or modify instrument methods

  • Demonstrated expert knowledge of making calibration standards


  • 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, push, pull or maneuver moderately heavy objects (up to 40 pounds) during the course of the workday
  • 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

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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