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Project Process Engineer/Metallurgist


Babbitt, MN, US

Closing Date: 06/30/2023


Job Summary:

Reporting to the Technical Manager with strong ties to the Engineering Manager, the Project / Process Engineer / Metallurgist is responsible for leading or supporting metallurgical testing, engineering studies, flowsheet development, equipment selection, and managing small site-based projects. The incumbent will make technical contributions to various projects with a particular focus on mineral processing (comminution, flotation and solid-liquid separation). The incumbent should have knowledge and experience in plant design, strong data analysis and problem-solving skills, and critical and conceptual thinking abilities.


The successful candidate requires a project coordination background with demonstrated project management, organization, prioritization, and problem-solving skills. Additionally, the preferred candidate must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, building key relationships across multi-disciplinary teams and communicating key messages and recommendations to all company levels is core to the role. This role requires a self-motivated individual who enjoys managing multiple projects and priorities with minimal supervision. Conflict resolution skills and the ability to mentor and coach individuals are considered vital for success.



Located in the historic iron range mining region of northeastern Minnesota, NewRange is a joint venture between Teck American Inc. (Teck) and PolyMet Mining Corp (PolyMet) that is advancing two major copper-nickel-platinum-palladium deposits, NorthMet and Mesaba. Project activities range from readying the feasibility stage NorthMet project for a production decision pending clearance of mine permits to advancing the nearby Mesaba project to pre-feasibility studies and permitting.  NewRange is committed to unlocking a new domestic supply chain of critical metals for the transition to a low-carbon economy and positioning Minnesota as a world leader in sustainable mineral resource development.

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  • Be a courageous safety leader, leading by example and fostering a proactive safety and sustainability culture based on the common values on health, safety, environment, and communities shared by the asset owners.
  • Lead process engineering and operational/optimization projects with key success factors aligned to the project business case, including health and safety, environmental compliance, technical outcomes, schedule, cost, and quality.
  • Manage and coordinate activities with multiple groups, including internal technology development teams, equipment manufacturers and technology providers, engineering companies, on-site contractors, and subject matter experts.
  • Provide metallurgical support to techno-economic studies, including scoping and pre-feasibility and feasibility engineering activities
  • Effectively communicate key messages and recommendations by issuing high-quality reports and delivering effective presentations to all company levels.


The above accountabilities are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.


Key general skills and accountability for this role consider the ability to:

  • Provide metallurgical oversight for new projects.
  • Conduct metallurgical analysis and technical interpretation of data.
  • Work closely with geological staff in selection of samples for test work on new projects to ensure proper representation of rock types and to assess mineralogical variability.
  • Plan and manage metallurgical test work programs to continuously advance geometallurgical understanding.
  • Interpret metallurgical results with context from geological models to generate integrated geometallurgical performance models.
  • Develop process design criteria for project flow sheets.
  • Interact with other technical groups (geology, mining, marketing, etc.) to advance project development goals.
  • Work closely with Engineering firms as an Owner’s metallurgical process representative.
  • Manage external technical consultants, including development of work scopes, tracking progress and deliverables, and ensuring objectives are met.
  • Provide technical support during project construction and implementation phases.
  • Develop commissioning plans and assist with the start-up of new process facilities. 
  • Develop capital and operating cost estimates.
  • Participate in strategic technical reviews as required for the Company’s interests.
  • Implement value improving practices with a focus on safety, cost and economic parameters.
  • Manage projects according to approved scopes of work, schedule and budget. 
  • Perform other duties as required.



  • Degree, in engineering, particularly mineral processing, chemical or metallurgical engineering.
  • Minimum two (2) years of work experience in mineral processing or relevant technical disciplines (e.g. hydrometallurgy, extractive metallurgy).
  • Registered for or have passed the fundamentals of engineering exam through Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Some experience in technical project management is preferred.
  • Highly motivated self-starter with the ability to work under minimal supervision while simultaneously managing several priorities/projects to meet firm deadlines.
  • Able to cope with and manage change when dealing with projects.
  • Results-oriented with excellent organizational, planning and decision-making skills.
  • Valid drivers' license.



At NewRange, we value diversity. Our teams work collaboratively and respect each person’s unique perspective and contribution.


Qualified applicants interested in joining a dynamic team are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter electronically.


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


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We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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