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Senior Geotechnical Engineer - Phoenix, AZ

Date posted 06/28/2017

Job Description

Freeport-McMoRan is a premier U.S.-based natural resource company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. We operate large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold, molybdenum, cobalt, oil and gas. The Company has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry and is the world’s largest producer of molybdenum and a significant gold, oil and gas 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 for our employees. We encourage you to take some time to explore your career opportunities at Freeport-McMoRan.
Under general supervision, provide Geotechnical Engineering support and project management related to design, construction, and operation of ore leach pads, tailings impoundments, storm water ponds, mining infrastructure foundations, etc.  Serve as company resource for Geotechnical information and analysis.
  • Lead in-the-field effort on site reconnaissance, geologic mapping, geotechnical drilling, geotechnical profiling, geotechnical instrumentation, construction Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) activities for design and construction of tailings embankments, ore leach stockpiles, foundations, and/or other mining infrastructure
  • Lead design and construction projects related to Geotechnical data collection, analysis, and design
  • Lead lower level Engineers and Contractors for Geotechnical project delivery
  • Proactively seek improvements to the safe and geotechnically stable construction and operation of ore leach pads, tailings storage facilities, storm water ponds, etc.
  • Assist with the development, maintenance and implementations of strategic plans to enhance mining operations' slope stability program
  • Communicate accurate, timely and relevant Geotechnical information to operational management team and staff
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering or related Engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum, with courses in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering and five (5) years of experience in an applicable field of expertise; OR
    • Master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering or related Engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum, with courses in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering and three (3) years of experience in an applicable field of expertise
    • Knowledge in the principles and practices of Civil, Geologic, Geotechnical, or Hydrologic Engineering or a related field of Science or Engineering
    • Knowledge of appropriate software (MS Office, AutoCAD) and Geotechnical data analysis
    • Professional Engineer license
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing to a diversely educated audience
    • Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety of yourself and others
    • Skilled in following safety practices and recognizing hazards

Qualifications

Preferred

  • Master’s Degree in Geotechnical Engineering
  • At least 3 years of work experience in geotechnical engineering
  • Proficiency in using geotechnical software
  • Demonstrate technical competence through design and/or operations experience in at least one of the following work areas: tailings storage, leach stockpiles, water dams, process water balance
  • Field experience in earth embankment construction monitoring and quality assurance
  • Field experience in geotechnical site investigations, soil characterization, interpretation of geotechnical lab tests, and engineering analysis of tailings material
  • Experience with geotechnical slope stability instrumentation and monitoring programs, data management, and analysis
  • Experience using Geotechnical software, as well as general use software such as Civil 3D, ArcGIS, GoldSim and programming languages
  • Experience reviewing and editing geotechnical engineering reports and documents for a variety of applications
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally
  • Ability and willingness to travel at least five (5) weeks for every quarter
  • Bi-Lingual (Spanish/English)

 

Criteria/Conditions

  • 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
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, demonstrate manual dexterity and work on elevated platforms
  • Occasionally may be required to lift moderately heavy objects (up to 30 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
  • 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 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 City

Phoenix

Job

Senior Geotechnical Engineer - Phoenix, AZ

Primary Location

United StatesArizonaPhoenix Corporate Office

Requisition ID

1702104

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