Sampler Technician - Geology - Chino, NM
Freeport-McMoRan - New Mexico

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Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. We operate large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets on four continents, with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold and molybdenum. As a core value, we pledge to continuously improve in meeting our commitment to work in the most safe, inclusive, environmentally and socially responsible manner practicable. Safety and health initiatives, both on and off the job, are a critically important investment in our employees.

We offer outstanding opportunities for individuals seeking a challenging, exciting and rewarding work environment for a company that supplies the world with metals that will sustain and expand economies and build infrastructure in developing nations. A world of opportunities is available to individuals who share in our commitments.

Under general supervision, works with other Sampler Technicians at mine site to obtain and deliver consistent and accurate samples to the assay laboratory in a timely manner.

Identify which drill holes require sampling from the Drill Pattern. Must work closely and coordinate work schedule with dispatch and/or drilling and blasting

Obtain representative samples following the appropriate SOP's. Ensures that samples are obtained from equally spaced locations within the drill hole, that the minimum sample weight is obtained, that samples are correctly labeled, etc.

Assists with quality control; for those sample locations that are identified as locations for duplicate samples, repeats the sampling process on the same blast hole

Ensures that the duplicate samples are correctly labeled and that both the original and the duplicate are identified accordingly for laboratory staff

Transport and deliver all samples to the assay laboratory, in a timely manner

May perform entry level analytical laboratory tasks to prepare samples for analysis, or assist with routine chemical analysis and reporting tasks

May provide technical support to ore control and surveying staff, as required

Responsible for verifying that equipment is functional and operating properly

Ensures that all sampling equipment is cleaned after each sample has been taken

Performs other duties as required


One (1) year experience in an area or areas relevant to the assignment

Knowledge of sampling equipment, processes, methods and techniques

Able to conduct preventive maintenance on assigned equipment

Skilled in planning, prioritizing and scheduling daily work assignments

Skill in safely using, maintaining and repairing specialized equipment to complete assigned duties, including GIS/GPS mapping techniques

Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety precautions

Skilled in following safety practices and recognizing hazards

Able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing

Knowledge of site processes, equipment and infrastructure

Able to use a variety of computer software applications, especially Microsoft Office

Preferred Qualifications (e)

High School Diploma or GED


Work is in an outdoor, 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, climb stairs and ladders, talk, hear and see

The work requires the ability to lift moderately heavy to heavy objects up to fifty (50) pounds and perform other similar actions frequently 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

A valid driver's license is required for this job

Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold 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 Copper & Gold Inc. is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer


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Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX) digs its profits from copper and precious metal mines around the world. In 2011 FCX's proven...