Lucky Friday

Senior Metallurgical Engineer


About the Position

The Senior Metallurgical Engineer provides metallurgical expertise at a 1,200 ton per day Lead-Zinc-Silver surface mill to develop, maintain and continuously improve upon the operation.

Job duties include:

Oversees all metallurgical aspects of milling operations

  • Grinding, flotation, reagents, de-watering, tailings and water treatment
  • XRF analysis system
  • On Stream Analyzer (OSA)
  • Metallurgical reports

The Mill is highly instrumented and the metallurgists also work with PLC based:

  • Graphic operator interfaces
  • Process data storage, retrieval, trending and on-line mass balancing
  • Expert; advisory and supervisory control systems.
  • Modeling software

Consults with Mill Superintendent, Mill Foreman, and Mill Supervisors to identify problems associated with Milling procedures and processes and solutions to resolve them.

Manages concentrate freight contractor and coordinates with smelter on concentrate quality and deliveries.

Diagnoses complex equipment or process malfunctions, production, or test problems, plans and carries out corrective action or directs operators in correcting problems.

Analyzes operating data and makes recommendations or prepares reports regarding upgrading current milling methods or procedures, utilization, and types of equipment, etc.

Ensures analyzers and sampling systems are maintained and calibrated to provide optimum process and quality control.

May advise operations personnel on process changes, reagent consumption, water, and air adjustments, etc., to obtain desire process.

Interprets and evaluates experimental, test, and other data and prepares reports and recommendations based on evaluations.

Investigates methods of improving metallurgical processes to extract silver, lead, and zinc.

Directs and coordinates the work of Metallurgical Engineers, Mill Technicians or other workers engaged in various aspects of technical assignments.

Coordinates recovery of samples from various stages of processing for lab analysis.

Initiates work orders for repairs or maintenance on process control systems.

Uses bench scale, pilot scale and plant scale testing or analysis of plant data to investigate, develop, refine, and improve the metallurgical and materials balance flow sheets.

Remains current on metallurgical and processing developments in the areas of complex massive sulfides, collaborates with internal and external resources, and ensures Lucky Friday is informed and led on a technologically superior basis.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science Degree in Metallurgy or related field.

7+ years’ experience..

Prior experience at a Silver-Lead-Zinc Concentrator preferred.

Advanced computer skills involving Excel and data bases, and the programming and understanding of computer-controlled instrumentation is preferred.

About Us

Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) is the largest silver producer in the United States. In addition to operating mines in Alaska (Greens Creek), Idaho (Lucky Friday), and Quebec, Canada (Casa Berardi) the Company owns a number of exploration properties and pre-development projects in world-class silver and gold mining districts throughout North America. Established in 1891, Hecla is headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and has a sister office in Vancouver, B.C. The Company’s common stock has been traded on the New York Stock Exchange for over 50 years. Lucky Friday is a deep underground silver, lead, and zinc mine located in the Coeur d’Alene Mining District in northern Idaho. The mine began operating in 1942 and celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2017. Thanks to the #4 Shaft project which is now complete and operational, the mine is expected to have another 20-30 years of mine life. Lucky Friday is located one mile east of Mullan, Idaho, and is adjacent to U.S. Interstate 90.

Hecla Limited, Lucky Friday Mine is pleased to offer competitive compensation commensurate with education and experience, and a comprehensive benefits program.

Interested candidates must possess or be able to obtain authorization to work in the United States. Applications and/or resumes may be sent via e-mail to, faxed to 208.545.3327, or mailed to:

Human Resources
Hecla Limited, Lucky Friday Mine
P.O. Box 31
Mullan, ID 83846

Hecla Limited, Lucky Friday Mine is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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