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Nevada Copper Chief Metallurgist in Yerington, Nevada

Nevada Copper (TSX:NCU) is a copper producer and owner of the Pumpkin Hollow copper project. Located in Nevada, USA, Pumpkin Hollow has substantial reserves and resources including copper, gold and silver. Its two fully permitted projects include the high-grade underground mine and processing facility, which is now in the production stage, and a large-scale open pit project, which is advancing towards feasibility status.

Job Description

The Chief Metallurgist will be responsible for supporting site management in the implementation of safe operating practices, defining production technical limits, and guiding improvements, metal accounting and trouble-shooting problems within the process. The incumbent. will introduce and mentor operating personnel towards sound metallurgical practices and will pursue optimum efficiency and outcomes including any defined and approved research and development projects in support of improving process and maintenance efficiency.


The Chief Metallurgist reports directly to the site Process Manager in all aspects of Process Plant operations, cost control, research, projects, analytical assaying and metallurgy.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Demonstrate a personal commitment to working safely as an advocate and leader of a safe work culture for all employees

  • Work closely with operations, maintenance, ore control and other departments to ensure safe and environmentally compliant process operations

  • Consistently define and communicate process related technical limits to increase awareness and maintain a focus on resolving and eliminating production bottlenecks

  • Provide guidance and support for the coordination of on-site and off-site contracted assay lab and analytical services

  • Ensure that the flotation circuit on-stream analyzer and associated sampling system are properly maintained and calibrated

  • Support, promote and take a leadership role in a culture of participatory management and continuous improvement

  • Oversee projects through engineering, forecasting, funding and completion

  • Oversee daily, monthly and annual metallurgical production accounting and reporting

  • Provide leadership to support the metallurgical, operations and maintenance teams

  • Assume responsibility for planning, performing and directing metallurgical testing

  • Provide leadership in budgeting, forecasting and metal accounting functions

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgy, Chemical Engineering or equivalent Process-related degree is required

  • Minimum of five (5) years' experience in a processing plant environment, copper flotation experience is strongly desired

  • Strong ability to research and analyze information and draw conclusions

  • Strong ability to resolve safety, operational and environmental action items

  • Ability to communicate with technical specialists and to interpret technical drawings and specification documents

  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to lead a team of people and/or work independently

  • Demonstrated ability to perform essential functions of the position is required

  • A passion for innovative concepts that can transform the business


  • General knowledge of health & safety, mining, maintenance and accounting functions

  • Detailed knowledge of all phases of copper processing

  • Knowledge and experience developing policies and procedures for the organization

  • Advanced computer skills applying Microsoft Office

  • Able to work independently, as well as an effective member of the management team

  • Extensive cross functional budgeting expertise

  • Strong verbal, written, analytical and communication skills with an ability to interact at all levels within the company

Personal Attributes

  • Exhibit care and concern for fellow colleagues

  • Willingness to work in and support an environment free from bureaucracy

  • Ability to approach work with flexibility and agility as changing business needs arise

  • Be a highly effective contributor

  • Be decisive and results-oriented

  • Maintain personal standards of conduct

  • Be respectful in all working interactions

  • Demonstrate sound work ethics

  • Be consistent and fair

Physical and Mental Demands and Requirements

  • Operate a vehicle with a valid driver’s license

  • Climb stairwells and be capable of working on elevated platforms

  • Walk on uneven ground

  • Periodically work in adverse weather conditions

  • Lift and potentially carry up to 50 lbs.

  • Sit for extended periods of time

  • Stay alert during periods of inactivity

Work Schedule and Personal Protective Equipment

The incumbent is expected to work a 40 hour/week schedule, primarily from Monday through Friday. Personal Protective Equipment required for the field work portion of this position includes, but is not limited to, hard hat, safety glasses, hearing protection, and steel-toed boots. All equipment must be MSHA approved as applicable.


Nevada Copper has some of the best employees in the industry. To retain top talent, we offer some of the best benefits in the industry. Some of the benefits we offer are listed below:

  • Full Benefits package

  • 401k

  • Competitive Compensation Package

  • Vacation and Holiday PTO