Freeport McMoRan Senior Geotechnical Engineer - Site Tailings, Crushed Leach, and Water - Climax Mine - Leadville, CO in Climax (Leadville, CO), Colorado

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 general supervision, provide professional Geotechnical Engineering support, leadership, analysis and review related to design, construction, and operation of overall slope stability of Crushed Ore Leach Stockpiles (CLSs), Tailings Storage Facilities (TSFs), Water Dams (WDs), and their foundations. Serve as resource for Geotechnical information and analysis in these fields.

  • Supervise, guide and participate in activities to maintain performance of tailings, crushed leach, and water dam facilities through inspection, measurement, data management, interpretation, analysis, coordination, problem solving and reporting

  • Apply and improve performance of tailings, crushed leach and water management systems and associated procedures for assigned active and inactive facilities

  • Oversee construction Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) activities for TSFs, CLSs, and WDs

  • Collaborate with operators, engineers and maintenance to continuously ensure good performance of tailings, crushed leach and water management areas and to identify and implement associated improvements including the mine, process, tailings, water, environmental and safety areas

  • Engage the Engineer of Record in the design and operations of TCLW facilities

  • Communicate accurate, timely and relevant geotechnical information to Operational management team

  • Serve as point of contact with Corporate engineers and management, including tracking all recommendations, ensuring compliance with those recommendations, and reporting actions regularly

  • Work on multiple projects of moderate size or portions of major projects

  • Contribute to annual operational and sustaining capital budget preparation by supplying costs and recommendations

  • Assist with the development, maintenance and implementations of strategic plans and sustaining capital forecasts for five-year and life of mine plans for to assigned TSFs, CLSs, and WDs

  • Manage appropriate budgets for consulting and other services such as drilling and construction contractors

  • Lead and mentor lower level engineers and contractors in key practice areas

  • Review designs in key practice areas and understand interaction with other functional areas/disciplines

  • Apply relevant standards and guidelines

  • Actively support operation’s water team and engineers with analysis of material properties, water loss parameters, and operational changes for TSFs, CLSs, and WDs

  • May represent the site on company sponsored steering teams related to geotechnical efforts

  • Perform other duties as required

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or related Engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum, with courses in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineeringandfive (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 Engineeringandthree (3) years of experience in an applicable field of expertise

  • Engineer in Training (EIT) or equivalent relevant certification

  • Knowledge in the principles and practices of Civil, Geologic, Geotechnical, or Hydrologic Engineering or a related field of Science or Engineering

  • Able to 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

  • Knowledge of appropriate software (MS Office, AutoCAD) and Geotechnical data analysis

  • 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


  • Master’s degree in a related Engineering discipline

  • Professional Engineer (PE) Certification

  • Active tailings deposition experience including planning and execution process and/or earth embankment construction monitoring and quality assurance

  • Experience with geotechnical slope stability instrumentation and monitoring programs, data management, and analysis

  • Experience reviewing and editing geotechnical engineering reports and documents for a variety of applications

  • Engineering experience in geotechnical analyses including field investigations, lab testing, soil characterization, slope stability, seismic analysis

  • Experience in surface water hydrology, hydraulics, and groundwater hydrology in addition to geotechnical experience


  • 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 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

  • 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.

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Job: *Engineering Services

Title: Senior Geotechnical Engineer - Site Tailings, Crushed Leach, and Water - Climax Mine - Leadville, CO

Location: CO-Climax (Leadville, CO)

Requisition ID: 1804682