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RODNEY SAULTERS

P.O. Box 1148 Morenci, Arizona 85540-1148


928.215.0300
SaultersRodney@yahoo.com

MINING/METALLURGICAL ENGINEER
Mining Industry
Versatile, proactive, and goal-oriented professional, with nine years experience
working in the mining industry, and teaching mining classes at the university l
evel; seeking position as Mining or Metallurgical Engineer, with opportunity to
complete research leading to PhD degree in Mining, Geological, and Geophysical E
ngineering. Demonstrated knowledge of leaching operations and processes, ore con
trol, surveying, slope stability, and open pit mining, complemented with familia
rity of principles and methods utilized in metallurgical, mineralogical, and pro
cessing analyses. Closely collaborated with other divisions in mine planning, h
aulage, leaching, and SX/EW functions in a 1-million ton/day mine. Currently ap
plying to take PE exam in Mining and Mineral Processing in October 2011.

CORE COMPETENCIES
- REGULATORY COMPLIANCE
- JOB SAFETY ANALYSIS (JSA)
- SO2 AND RADIATION
- TROUBLESHOOTING / DIAGNOSIS
- PRODUCTIVITY AND PERFORMANCE |MULTI-SITE OPERATIONS
- OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
- FACILITY OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT
- DOMESTIC /FOREIGN BUSINESS
- QUALITY CONTROL

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- Successfully completed all graduate coursework, and passed written and o
ral comprehensive exams, to advance to Doctoral Candidacy in Mining, Geological,
and Geophysical Engineering at the University of Arizona (2010).
- Developed integrated GIS/Neural Network based model for copper heap leac
h production modeling/forecasting, irrigation scheduling, solution transport cha
racterization, and drill recovery analyses (2009).
- Functioned as mine liaison and traveled to mine sites in Chile and Peru,
South America, to exchange ideas on agglomeration characterization, irrigation
automation, forced air injection, slope stability analysis, and drilling for cop
per leach stockpiles (2009).
- Qualified Engine Room Supervisor in Nuclear Propulsion Plant aboard the
USS Bainbridge (1994).

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

FREEPORT MCMORAN COPPER & GOLD, INC. ~ Morenci, AZ


SENIOR METALLURGICAL ENGINEER 2005-PRESENT
Responsible for management and operation of 50 million square feet of crushed or
e and run-of-mine copper leach stockpiles. Supervised team of leaching metallur
gists, surveyors, and field technicians in all phases of leaching activities.
- Delivered presentations to upper management on forecasted and current le
ach stockpile production.
- Developed innovative and successful approaches to leach highly acid cons
uming ores.
- Performed chemical and hydrodynamic analyses of leach stockpiles to opti
mize copper recovery.
- Worked closely with Mine Planning in developing haulage opportunities to
leach stockpiles.
- Managed slope stability program for crushed ore stockpile.
- Functioned as Safety Coordinator for work group.

ZONGE ENGINEERING ~ Tucson, AZ


GEOPHYSICIST 2005
Directed four-person Unexploded Ordinance (UXO) survey crew. Performed mineral
and environmental geophysical surveys. Conducted laboratory testing on rock samp
les.
- Used Geonics 6l handcart to acquire TEM data to be used by Beale Air For
ce Base in California for UXO project.
- Conducted IP and CR surveys for copper and gold deposit investigation in
southern Arizona.
- Performed CSAMT surveys in southeastern Arizona for hydrothermal energy
sources.
- Operated GDP-16 and GDP-32 in rock laboratory testing.

PHELPS DODGE CORPORATION ~ Morenci, AZ


METALLURGIST INTERN 2004
Managed lysimeter study to identify optimal crush size of leach stockpile.
- Researched and assessed severity and effect of plugged drip lines on cop
per leaching.

GEOSYSTEMSANALYSIS ~ Pinto Valley Mine, Miami, AZ


RESEARCH METALLURGIST 2003-2004
Oversaw the collection of leach stockpile solution samples as well as recorded t
emperature, oxygen measurements, and solution levels. Arranged and designed puls
ed leach schedules to maximize chalcopyrite recovery. Performed hydraulic modeli
ng for leach stockpiles.
- Identified the leach oreâ⠬⠢s hydraulic properties through column tracer testing.
- Assisted with the installation of oxygen and temperature sensors.
- Sounded and interpreted stockpile piezometers.

PHELPS DODGE CORPORATION TECHNOLOGY CENTER ~ Safford, AZ


METALLURGIST INTERN 2003
Performed column leach testing and sample preparation for QEMSCAN analysis.

ASARCO RAY MINE ~ Hayden, AZ


UNDERGROUND MINING ENGINEER INTERN 2002
Audited grouting work in TBM-driven tunnel. Carried out UCS testing on concrete
samples.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA ~ Tucson, AZ


INSTRUCTOR OF MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY FOR ENGINEERS (MNE-219) 2001, 2002, 2003
Generated lesson plans, gave lectures, and conducted labs on economic minerals,
ore deposits, and engineering behavior of major rock types.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA ~ Tucson, AZ


INSTRUCTOR OF UNDERGROUND MINE SURVEYING (MNE-410) 2000
Taught students how to perform a closed traverse and slope and raise surveying,
in the San Xavier underground mine in Sahuarita, Arizona.

EARLIER EXPERIENCE
UNDERGROUND MINING ENGINEER INTERN ~ WESTINGHOUSE, WASTE ISOLATION DIVISION - U.
S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY WASTE ISOLATION PILOT PLANT (WIPP) ~ Carlsbad, NM
1999
HAUL TRUCK DRIVER ~ ASARCO MISSION MINE ~ Sahuarita, AZ 1998
PHYSICS TUTOR ~ EASTERN ARIZONA COLLEGE ~ Thatcher, AZ 1997
NUCLEAR PROPULSION PLANT OPERATOR ~ US NAVY ~ Aboard the USS Bainbridge
1989-1995

RESEARCH/PROJECTS
Improved Copper Leach Production Forecasting Through The Use of an Integrated GI
S/Neural Network Model ~ 2007-2010
The Use of Pulsed Leach Cycles for Maximizing Chalcopyrite Recovery in a Heap Le
ach Stockpile ~ 2003-2004
Time-Dependent Reduction of Sliding Cohesion in Rock Discontinuities ~ 2002-2003
Neural Net-Based Signal Processing of Magnetic Field Data ~ 2002
CO2 Sequestration in Coal Beds ~ 1999
Rock Mass Fracture Characterization ~ 1998

EDUCATION
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN MINING, GEOLOGICAL, AND GEOPHYSICAL ENGINEERING, Minor i
n Hydrology ~ University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ ~ In Process
MASTER OF ENGINEERING ~ University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ ~ 2004
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MINING ENGINEERING ~ University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ ~
2000
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS IN PHYSICS ~ Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher, AZ ~ 1997
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Nuclear Propulsion Plant Operator Certification ~ U.S. Naval Nuclear Prototype S
chool, 1991
Nuclear Power Training ~ U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School, 1990
Machinist Mate Certification ~ U.S. Naval Machinist Mate-A School, 1989

ACHIEVEMENTS
Outstanding Graduate Teacher, College of Engineering ~ University of Arizona, 20
03
Summa cum laude with GPA of 4.0 ~ University of Arizona, 2000
Outstanding Physics Student ~ Eastern Arizona College, 1997
Outstanding Math Student ~ Eastern Arizona College, 1997
Outstanding Chemistry Student ~ Eastern Arizona College, 1996

AFFILIATION
Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME)

TECHNICAL PROFICIENCIES
Programming - Java, Visual Basic, FORTRAN
Software - AutoCAD, ArcGIS, MatLab, SQL Server 2005, Statistica