Operator Trainees Needed in CO - $1450/m Housing Allowance, Up to $27.50/hr

  • 4 weeks ago
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What Freeport-McMoRan is Hiring for:

Posted to their careers site:

Our Henderson mine and mill are an hour drive apart – separated by the Continental Divide and a 15-mile conveyor system (10 miles underground). The Henderson mine is an underground molybdenum mining operation located approximately 42 miles west of Denver and 10 miles west of Empire. It has been in operation since 1976 and today consists of a large block-cave, underground mining complex feeding a concentrator with a current capacity of approximately 32,000 metric tons per day. It can produce approximately 15 million pounds of molybdenum per year. The Henderson mill is located 15 miles west of the mine, between Dillon and Kremmling.  

Both sites are surrounded by US Forest Service land of the Arapaho National Forest, making it easy for our employees and their families to enjoy year-round hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing in the area. Explore the opportunity to advance your career at one of our sites – the Henderson mine or mill and live life at the top!   

Employees who are required to work on-site are eligible for a $1,450 monthly housing allowance, provided they meet program guidelines.

What You Will Do

  • Operate Load-Haul-Dump (LHD) unit in a production setting. Move broken rock from draw point to ore pass, maintain roadways, and properly place oversized boulders. 
  • Assemble, transport, and place explosives for the purpose of cave development or secondary oversize blasting. 
  • Operate concrete batching equipment, transport concrete to destination, or place concrete using diesel equipment (pumps, sprayers) and manual tools (shovels, screed 
  • boards) 
  • Operate hydraulic drills (diesel or electric power) to drill blast holes and/or install ground support. 
  • Manage distribution of explosives from magazine. Perform inventories, verify requisition paperwork, and issue/receive explosives. 
  • Using a mobile lift truck, install and/or repair steel piping and rubber hose to ensure properly functioning water spray in draw points. 
  • Operate various equipment to perform special projects and/or housekeeping work. 
  • Perform other duties as requested. 

What You Bring To Freeport

  • Minimum 6 months experience in related heavy industry (oil/gas, civil construction, mining) with experience operating heavy equipment such as front-end loaders or excavators 
  • Must have completed academic and practical competencies required (this includes Line of Progression requirements for internal employees where LOP Exists) and have experience demonstrating the required aptitude. The selected candidate shall demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge and skills while also passing a written assessment where required. This exam is based on skills/abilities and/or academic knowledge; as well as safety. 
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National 
  • Must qualify to hold an employee possessor clearance for handling explosives from the BATF by passing a BATF clearance screen post hire 
  • Further details can be found at (eCFR :: 27 CFR 555.26 -- Prohibited shipment, transportation, receipt, possession, or distribution of explosive materials.)  
  • Ability to understand and apply verbal and written work and safety-related instructions and procedures in English. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in heavy industry (oil/gas, civil construction, mining) or operating heavy diesel equipment (front-end loaders, excavators, skid steers, off-highway haul trucks) 

What We Offer You 

The estimated pay range for this role is currently $21.00 - $27.50/hour This range reflects base salary only and does not include bonus payments, benefits or retirement contributions. Actual base pay is determined by experience, qualifications, skills and other job-related factors. This role is eligible for additional discretionary and incentive payment considerations based on company and individual performance. More details will be shared during the hiring process. Click here to view a sample of Total Rewards Estimate for this role.  

  • Employees who are required to work on-site are eligible for a $1,450 monthly housing allowance, provided they meet program guidelines
  • Affordable medical, dental and vision benefits  
  • Company-paid life and disability insurance  
  • 401(k) plan with employer contribution/match  
  • Paid time off, paid sick time, holiday pay, parental leave  
  • Tuition assistance  
  • Employee Assistance Program  
  • Discounted insurance plans for pet, auto, home and vehicle  
  • Internal progression opportunities  
  • Learn more about our competitive and comprehensive benefits package!  

What We Require   

  • Candidates may be required to pass a medical exam.  
  • Candidates must pass all required training and/or testing.  
  • Employees may be required to work a non-standard schedule, which may include shift work (other than day shift) at a 24/7, 365-day operation.  
  • Freeport-McMoRan promotes a drug/alcohol-free work environment using mandatory pre-employment drug testing and on-going drug and alcohol testing, as allowed by applicable laws.  

Work Regions:

This opportunity from Freeport-McMoRan is available in Colorado.


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Housing Available

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About Freeport-McMoRan:

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. We are one of the world’s largest publicly traded copper producers. Our portfolio of assets includes the Grasberg minerals district in Indonesia, one of the world’s largest copper and gold deposits, and significant mining operations in North and South America, including the large-scale Morenci minerals district in Arizona and the Cerro Verde operation in Peru.

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