Metallurgical engineer with 28 years experience with a BA in Business Administration and a master degree in management. Areas of expertise include operation of copper heap & dump leaching/SX/EW, copper/molybdenum mill plants, copper concentrates leaching (POX), multiple R&D and operational improvement projects, increased management roles responsibility in large organizations. Strong skills on mentoring technical personnel and working with multicultural teams.
Responsible for the development of safe leaching processes; technical support for all Freeport McMoRan local and global leaching operations; managed a team of 25 employees; supervising and mentoring six senior and junior metallurgists; developing and driving the implementation of optimization initiatives on operational sites; defining and following operational and capital budgets; providing technical presentations and reports.
Responsible of the leaching auditing process for both ROM and MFL districts; monitoring operations and recommending corrective actions in leaching areas including air injection systems, distribution of leach solutions, flushing and maintenance of drip systems, etc.; supervising and mentoring 5 metallurgists and support personnel.
Provided technical support during construction, commissioning, start up and operation of a $110 MM concentrate leach plant; developed HAZOP's and SOP's, implemented and managed an Analytical Laboratory on site; developed analytical procedures and trained technical & support personnel. Led the operation of the plant under high temperature mode. The plant operated by leaching 20 tph of copper concentrates in two pressure leaching vessels and included superfine grinding, scrubbing, CCD, PLS filtration and tailings neutralization systems. Supervised 20 employees including shift supervisors, operators and support personnel.
Led the operation of the plant under high temperature mode. The plant operated by leaching 20 tph of copper concentrates in two pressure leaching vessels and included superfine grinding, scrubbing, CCD, PLS filtration and tailings neutralization systems. Supervised 20 employees including shift supervisors, operators and support personnel.
Ex-pat assignment to a $ 45 MM pressure leaching demonstration plant; provided technical support during construction, commissioning, start-up and operation of the plant which successfully operated at medium and high temperature modes; implemented and managed an analytical laboratory to support the daily operation of the plant; managing consumption, supply and inventory of reagents and consumables; developed and reported several metallurgical evaluations; implemented metallurgical balances and daily production reports.
Actively involved in several corporate level optimization initiatives:
Responsible of the development and implementation of metallurgical research and operational support projects for the crushing, agglomeration, dump/heap leaching and SX/EW facilities. Plant produced 90,000 tpy of cathodic copper.
Managed 11 engineers and 30 technical support personnel. Projects included R&D in columns and test heaps. Developed with the operational team a pulse leaching strategy that increased copper production and reduced leaching operating costs by 30%. Multiple successfully implemented optimization, quality and safety initiatives.
Coordinated leaching production plans with the mining, crushing and SX/EW departments; implementation of cost improvements and budget generation & control activities; planning of operational supplies using MIMS, production forecasting. Management of several projects including Pad-4 start up, PLS pond modification, Pad-4 Phase II construction, air injection design and implementation, Pad-4 drainage system reconstruction, etc; relief the leaching operation superintendent.
Responsible of the Cerro Negro copper oxides leaching research in nine test heaps; results were used for the Cerro Negro Feasibility Study (1996).
Responsible of the Santa Rosa/Cerro Verde copper sulfides leaching research in ten test pads; information obtained was used to approve the construction and operation of the 1.2 MM m2 Pad-4 in Cerro Verde.
Led a project for improving the recovery of organic reagent from crud produced in the SX plant (1996).
Worked as shift supervisor in the crushing/leaching and SX/EW plants; leading teams of 15-20 employees and support personnel (1994)
Metallurgist in the Research & Development Department. Responsible of the design and development of leaching tests for leaching copper oxides and sulfides in bottles, columns, vats and bacterial leaching. Developed an alternative method for processing secondary sulfides by combining leaching and flotation processes.
Responsible for designing and developing metallurgical tests to optimize copper recovery in the 3500 tpd mill plant. Tests included reagents evaluation and dosage, grinding tests, flocculant trials, etc. Responsible of metallurgical test to recover molybdenum.
Worked as mill plant shift supervisor; evaluated and optimized a column cell for cleaning concentrates; designed the mill plant expansion.
Spanish (native language)
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