3.4. Refining Technician

Burlington, MA
Phoenix Tailings – 3. Operations /
Full Time /
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 hands-on Refining Technician to join our dynamic team operating solvent extraction and/or metal production cells in a fast-paced refinery setting. You will be responsible for the critical task of ensuring smooth and efficient operation of these cells, playing a vital role in recovering precious rare earth elements for clean energy technologies, electric vehicles, and advanced electronics. 

Key Responsibilities:

    • Independently run assigned cells, adhering to operational procedures and process parameters. This includes adjusting flow rates, controlling temperatures, and ensuring optimal conditions. 
    • Continuously monitor cell performance through instrumentation and data analysis. Identify trends, potential issues, and implement corrective actions under the guidance of senior technicians or engineers. 
    • Diagnose and address operational problems within your assigned cells, following established protocols and safety procedures. Escalate complex issues to the team for collaborative resolution. 
    • Conduct daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance tasks for assigned cells, ensuring equipment integrity and optimal performance. This includes cleaning, filter changes, and minor repairs. 
    • Adhere strictly to all safety protocols and environmental regulations within the refinery. Report any safety concerns or compliance deviations immediately. 
    • Record operational data, maintenance activities, and process adjustments meticulously in designated logs and reports. 
    • Actively participate in team discussions and initiatives to optimize cell performance, increase efficiency, and improve overall extraction processes. 


    • High school diploma or equivalent. Technical or vocational training in metallurgical equipment maintenance or related fields is a plus. 
    • 3+ years of hands-on experience in building, maintaining, and repairing metallurgical equipment in a process manufacturing environment. 
    • 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 
    • Family Focus: Parental leave and flexibility for families. 
    • Stock: Ownership in a fast-growing venture-backed company. 
    • 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).