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3.3. Sr. Refining Technician

Phoenix Tailings

Phoenix Tailings

Burlington, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2024
About Phoenix Tailings
Phoenix Tailings is a rapidly-growing clean mining and metals production startup dedicated to sustainable and economic critical metals production. Our mission is to be the world's first fully clean mining and metals production company, producing the resources needed for the next generation of our economy.
Why Phoenix Tailings
At Phoenix Tailings, we believe that nothing great is ever accomplished alone or without the passion of people who push and motivate one another. If you are someone who shares our relentless pursuit of a better future, passion for innovation, and are excited about working with some of the top innovators in the world, then this is the place for you.
Our Values:
You are only crazy if you are wrong, it’s ok to be wrong
Lead with Compassion
Be Resourceful
Who we are looking for:
We are looking for a highly motivated and results-oriented Senior Refining Technician to join our dynamic team dedicated to recovering rare earth elements in a rare earth metal refinery. You will leverage your extensive experience and contribute significantly to this cutting-edge process, ensuring efficient and responsible extraction of these critical resources for clean energy technologies, electric vehicles, and advanced electronics.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and operate rare earth metal production equipment within the refinery, ensuring smooth operation and optimal performance.
  • Monitor process parameters, analyze data, and make adjustments tooptimize performance, yield, and product quality.
  • Conduct routine maintenance and troubleshooting ofequipment, ensuring adherence to safety protocols and environmental regulations.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of process improvements for the refining equipment, collaborating with engineers and chemists.
  • Assist with pilot-scale testing and data collection for process optimization initiatives, contributing valuable insights to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Train and mentor junior technicians on the safe and efficient operation of the solvent extraction system, sharing knowledge and best practices to ensure a skilled workforce.
  • Adhere to strict safety protocols and environmental regulations within the refinery and solvent extraction operation, promoting a culture of safety and environmental stewardship.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records of operational data, maintenance activities, and process adjustments, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Contribute to continuous improvement initiatives within the refinery, actively seeking opportunities to enhance efficiency, quality, and sustainability.
  • Contribute to a culture of safety with continuous improvement initiatives to enhance safety practices, risk mitigation strategies, and overall safety culture.


  • High school diploma or equivalent. Technical or vocational training in metallurgical equipment maintenance or related fields is a plus.
  • 7+ years of experience in refinery operations, with a strong understanding of separation processes.
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy equipment and components, up to 50 lbs, for extended periods of time.
  • Knowledge of safety protocols and procedures in an industrial setting, including experience with hot work, forklift operation, respiratory protection, and hazard communications.
  • Proven ability to operate and maintain chemical processing equipment
  • Proficiency in reading and interpreting process flow diagrams and technical manuals
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and teamwork abilities
  • Detail-oriented with a commitment to safety and quality standards
  • Passion for clean energy and sustainable resource extraction

We offer a competitive compensation package that is based on expertise. We also offer the following benefits:

  • Healthcare, we care about you and your family: 100% Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Stock: Ownership in a fast-growing venture-backed company.
  • Family Focus: Parental leave and flexibility for families.
  • Time Off: Flexible vacation policy to encourage people to get out and see the world.
  • Team Fun: Regularly scheduled events, and celebrations.
  • Learning: Learning & Development Opportunities to grow your skills and career.
  • Great team: Working with fun, hard-working, kind people committed to making a difference!
At Phoenix Tailings, we have an open culture that values learning, and we are looking to grow the team with enthusiastic individuals who share our vision of sustainable mining.
Phoenix Tailings, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we value diversity at all levels. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information, or any other applicable protected characteristics, and these characteristics will not be a factor for consideration of any work-related decisions (including but not limited to hiring, firing, compensation, and discipline).