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Underground (UG) Operator Trainee

This position is located at the Henderson Mine site, located 9 miles West of Empire, CO off US-40 (GPS Coordinates: 39.770645, -105.811606), an 1 hour from the Denver metropolitan area   The mine  is in an underground operation, with the surface setting at an elevation of 10,300 feet above sea level. The underground environment maintains a an average temperature of 60 degrees however may include exposure to extremes in temperature and humidity, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, toxic chemicals, explosives, fumes or airborne particles. At the Surface, in the winter the average high temperature is 28 degrees and the average low is 0 degrees. In the summer the average high temperature is 75 degrees and the average low is 40 degrees. The average snowfall in Clear Creek/Grand counties is in excess of 200 inches per year.


Under direct supervision safely perform duties related to the production and material transport for an underground mining facility.

  • May operate mobile equipment such as: mine tractors, forklifts, water trucks, front-end loaders, fan handling trucks, pipe handling trucks, and maintenance carrier service trucks
  • Assists with and performs the transport of materials such as, steel, lumber, water, equipment, and blasting supplies into and out of mine via the shaft conveyance hoist materials cage.
  • Assists with the safe and proper loading and unloading of materials via the shaft conveyance hoist materials cage
  • May assist with and perform regular work area audits and note and report any issues and/or concerns
  • May assist in the installation of mine compressed air, water, and ventilation systems
  • Responsible for receiving materials from the warehouse and delivering to appropriate locations within the underground mining facility
  • Assists with and performs surface operations such as: unloading trucks, unloading material bins, and arranging truck deliveries
  • Performs area housekeeping duties
  • Performs other duties as required
Qualifications Minimum Qualifications
  • Must be able to receive and maintain Explosive Possessor Certification through the BATF
  • Required to follow the safe and proper procedures of the Underground Personal Identification system
  • Responsible for possessing knowledge of the following procedures: cage, explosive, and underground and surface materials

Benefits & Compensation

The company provides a competitive and comprehensive benefits package offering health and welfare benefits, paid time off, retirement, and more. These benefits are available to you and your eligible dependents on your first day of employment. Some of your benefits are company paid, and you will pay a portion of other benefits. The company pays the greatest portion of your benefits, passing along only a fraction of the total cost to employees. For further benefits information please click here: Benefits Details

Pay Range:


Rate of pay dependent on competency, experience, qualifications and skills


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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability

Salary Range
$33,000.00 - 47,000.00
per Year
Salary range estimated by
Empire, CO 80438, US