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Nevada Copper Surface Paste Plant Operator 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.

Purpose of the Position

The Paste Plant Operator ensures that the plant is operated and maintained in a safe and correct manner and will receive on-site task training with certification required for the effective and safe operation of small mobile equipment including, but not limited to, forklift, water truck, Telehandler and 27D Skid-Steer loader. This equipment will be used for site specific purposes in the paste plant. The purpose of the paste plant operation is to provide backfill material for the underground mine. Work practices must comply with local government and statutory requirements, in addition to Company safety, health and environmental standards and procedures.


The Surface Paste Plant Operator reports to the Process General Supervisor.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Demonstrate a personal commitment to safety by completing pre-shift equipment inspections, maintaining a clean work area and ensuring that unsafe work practices are avoided through regular communication

  • Mentor and train other operators within the work force to achieve consistent operation from the equipment and facilities, in conjunction with cross shifts, achieving world class levels of performance

  • Check scope of work for proper paste recipes, filling schedule and required work area documentation, examples include but not limited to – paste letter information, workplace inspections and shift reports

  • Monitor progress of the mechanical and operational activities, and proactively work with others to manage any deviation

  • Ensure appropriate standards are incorporated in the work

  • Review and recommend bidders for key items in conjunction with mining and construction projects

  • Identify and correct hazards, as appropriate, reporting all hazard findings to immediate supervision

  • Carry out work activities as assigned by supervisor in accordance with safe work procedures

  • Identify and resolve issues associated with breakdown/corrective maintenance in a timely manner. Provide feedback to maintenance supervisor as necessary

  • Maintain a high standard of housekeeping in the work area

  • Participate in safety teams, accident investigations, and other team roles as requested.

The above items are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all accountabilities and duties. Other duties required as assigned.

Health and Safety

  • Ensure that all safety procedures and regulatory guidelines are followed

  • Support the site safety culture through leadership and regularly engaging with and holding the workforce accountable for safe work practices

  • To be particularly aware of the potential for light vehicle traffic, pedestrians and to be proactive in defining the requirements for berms where required on haul roads, and the placement of signage, cones or safety tape as a precaution against uncontrolled foot traffic

  • Participate in health and safety meetings and risk reviews as required


  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Prior industrial experience preferred including mobile equipment operation

  • Plant operation knowledge, preferred

  • Process system experience, preferred

  • Plant Maintenance Experience, preferred

  • Experience with U.S. Mining Regulatory Agencies

  • Exhibit a passion for innovative concepts that can transform the business

  • Must be able to pass a Nevada Copper certification test, requiring on-site formal training, to confirm an understanding of safety and operational requirements for equipment


  • General knowledge of health & safety, mining, and mobile equipment operation

  • Candidates must demonstrate a willingness to learn, to listen and to follow through

  • Able to work independently and communicate effectively with others

  • Capable and willing to train other operators to support competency training

  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in team environment

  • Previous work in mineral processing would be an advantage

Personal Attributes

  • Demonstrate a dedication to Nevada Copper’s corporate culture to include but not limited to:

  • 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 Demand and Requirements

  • Operate a vehicle with a valid driver’s license

  • Lift and carry up to 50 lbs. in weight

  • Periodically work in environmental extremes (i.e., hot or cold weather)

  • Sit for extended periods of time

  • Standing for extended periods of time

  • Working in confined space at times

  • Stay alert during periods of inactivity

  • Walk on uneven and poorly lit ground

  • Work independently on a rotating day shift/night shift

Work Schedule and Personal Protective Equipment

The incumbent is expected to work on a rotating 12-hour day shift/night shift schedule. 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