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Senior Civil Engineer

Freeport McMoRan Inc.

This is a Full-time position in New Orleans, LA posted January 9, 2022.

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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.

Please note:  This position has the possibility to work remotely up to 100% of the time.

The position will require occasional travel to the Phoenix corporate offices and/or site locations.

This position may be performed anywhere in the U.S.

except California, New Hampshire, Michigan, Illinois and New York.

Additional states may be excluded from remote work based on business factors.

Should the position shift to in-office work in the future, the company will offer relocation benefits at that time should the position meet the established eligibility for these benefits.


Supervise, provide technical guidance, interpret, manage projects/tasks and/or participate in activities to maintain operational performance and support projects with focus on Crushed Leach facilities.

Activities include inspection, measurement, interpretation, analysis, coordination, problem solving, forecasting, reporting, and may include project design support.

Review and improve the performance of existing crushed leach systems.

  • Supervise, guide and participate in activities to maintain performance of crushed leach facilities through inspection, measurement, data management, interpretation, analysis, coordination, problem solving and reporting
  • Review, improve, and apply crushed leach systems and associated procedures for assigned facilities to achieve good practice.
  • Provide guidance and instruction to multidisciplinary teams; assign tasks as necessary.

    Review reports for design and operations projects and provide recommendations to site team and to project consultants.

  • identify and implement associated improvements.

    This includes engaging the Engineer of Record in the design and operations of crushed leach facilities.

    Serve as point of contact with corporate engineers and management, including tracking all recommendations, ensuring compliance with those recommendations, reporting actions regularly, as well as communicate accurate, timely and relevant geotechnical information to the Site management team.

  • Supervise or may serve as Project Manager or technical expert on large/complex site planning/construction, expansion or modifications.
  • Contribute to strategic planning and budgeting efforts for Crushed Leach areas.

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

  • Develop and/or review scopes of work, evaluate proposals, draft formalized internal requests for funding, and administer contracts with vendors for the provision of services and equipment as approved and required.
  • Identify opportunities for improvements and determine associated value for risk reduction measures.
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • This position requires air travel.

    In accordance with Freeport-McMoRan’s requirement for all employees whose job requires travel by air, if you are hired you will be required to submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to travel by air, unless the company has granted a medical or religious accommodation.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or related Engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum and five (5) years of experience in related Engineering field or other closely related field; OR
  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or related Engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum and three (3) years of experience in related Engineering field or other closely related field
  • Knowledge of principles and practice of Civil, Geotechnical, Water Resources, Water Quality/Tratment, and/or Geological Engineering
  • Demonstrate technical competence through design and/or operations experience in at least one of the following work areas: leach stockpiles, tailings storage, water damns, process water balance, slurry transport
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing in English to a diversely educated audience
  • Proficient in MS Office and other Engineering tools (CAD, analytical, mapping).

    Present a positive, professional image

  • Self-motivated, energetic, able to execute, and client-service oriented
  • Able to prioritize tasks and work well under pressure
  • Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety of yourself and others
  • Skilled in following safety practices and recognizing hazards

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering with Geotechnical or Water Resources Engineering specialization
  • Professional Engineer license (PE) or equivalent relevant certification
  • Experience with metal mining operations, especially with crushed leach stockpile design and operations
  • Experience with material handling and design
  • Experience with cost estimating for civil projects, project scheduling and project controls.

    Able to research and analyze information of relatively small scope and minimal difficulty and draw valid conclusions

  • Able to evaluate and implement new methods and techniques in design projects and operational support
  • 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
  • Superior interpersonal as well as written and oral communication skills with diverse teams of technical and non-technical staff
  • Skilled in related Engineering software (AutoCAD/Civil 3D, ArcGIS, GoldSim), programming languages
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestic / international

Criteria and Conditions

  • 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 environmental 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 safey-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 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