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Freeport McMoRan Innovation Engineer I in Morenci, Arizona

Innovation Engineer I

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Morenci, AZ, US, 85540


Engineering Services


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.


Under close supervision, assists with the tracking and monitoring of the reliability and production of the plant or fleet. Provides recommendations and guidance for execution of methods, engineering solutions, tactics and strategies for enhancing the overall reliability and production of the plant or fleet.

  • Leads brain-storming and fact finding sessions at the crew level and researches proven external solutions to similar crew issues

  • Implements lessons learned and best practices from other sites and external parties at the crew level

  • Influences and motivates change in operational behavior and processes at a crew level

  • Makes observations, reports and root cause analysis to Senior Innovation Engineer regarding continuous improvement opportunities on assigned crews

  • Perform other duties as required


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in an appropriate Engineering discipline with no experience required.

  • Exposure to probability, statistical analysis and reliability engineering

  • Ability to research and interpret data of minimal complexity using hypothesis generation and Design of Experiment methodologies

  • Knowledge of software tools (Python, R, SQL, Excel, etc.)

  • Knowledge of the processes, costs, schedules, constraints and deliverables of assigned crews to improve safety, process efficiencies, production rates, cost controls and protection of the environment

  • Knowledge of the equipment and associated SOPs at a crew level.

  • Skilled in following safety practices and recognizing hazards

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing


  • Bachelor's and/or Master's degree in an applicable engineering discipline

  • Six Sigma experience or certification

  • Experience working in a Maintenance, Operations or Engineering Role

  • Experience in conducting Root Cause Analysis (RCA), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

  • Experience working in SAP or Business Objects

  • Experience using Python, R, SQL and Excel


  • 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

  • Occasionally may be required to lift moderately heavy objects up to thirty (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 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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