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DCS Technician

Job Requisition ID:  43274

Eastman’s current hiring policy encourages and prefers new hires be fully vaccinated before reporting to work in this role when possible. 

Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,000 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2021 revenues of approximately $10.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit


This is a Site Controls System Technician position for the Anniston, AL, Heat Transfer Fluids & Aviation Hydraulic Fluids manufacturing site, which is part of the Additives and Functional Products Division. This position involves maintaining existing control systems, DCS and PLC’s, support on capital project /improvement initiatives with onsite resources, safety system maintenance and oversight of site IT equipment. 

Primary responsibilities include: 
•    Day to Day responsibilities for maintaining existing control systems to include 24x7 on call support
•    Maintain the plant DCS/PLC electronic documentation
•    Maintain virus protection on all equipment
•    Maintain on-site spares for DCS/SIS/PLC systems
•    Build and update all graphics, programs, or control schematics and assist in training operators
•    Maintain Site Training Simulator
•    Manage preventative maintenance programs for DCS/SIS/PLC systems
•    Configure changes to the DCS/SIS to support improvement efforts
•    Perform backups of control configuration files
•    Makes changes to the process historian to reflect changes made on the DCS
•    Assist E&I on System upgrades/maintenance tasks
•    Site Contact for IT systems with offsite teams
•    Maintain site IT systems

Other duties may include:
•    Work with process engineers to improve site performance 
•    Provide support to the maintenance and production organization when needed
•    Work closely with other engineers, operations, and maintenance resources to develop and prioritize improvement projects. 
•    Support of alarm management efforts
•    Communicate effectively and appropriately to all stakeholders
•    Recommend spare parts for critical equipment
•    Maintain relationships with site teams to quickly address controls systems and IT concerns


Min. Qualifications
•    High school diploma or GED required
•    Must have a minimum of 4 years of industry experience in Operations or Maintenance I&E, or alternatively 3 years' experience with an associate degree in instrumentation, electronics, computer system technology, process technology or similar field of study
•    This position requires development and execution of procedures and best practices required to maintain the operational excellence and securty of the process control systems
•    An individual in this position must be capable of planning and managing the work of a small group of resources, both internal and external that may be involved in the installation, repair, diagnostic testing, or upgrade of the process control systems
•    An individual in this position must also be able to effectively communicate priorities and recommendations, relating to process control systems hardware, to all levels within the plant

Preferred Qualifications
•    Experience in DCS board operation or maintenance/troubleshooting of process control and safety instrumented systems is a plus
•    Experience with configuration, programming, Emerson DeltaV control systems, computer networking systems and programmable logic controllers is desired
•    Computer networking and IT systems experience
•    Must be able to perform essential job tasks: 
•    Communicate effectively (both written and oral) with all levels of the organization as well as with other business stakeholders
•    Effectively work with and/or lead teams when needed
•    Demonstrate proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite & other computer applications

Must be able to meet the following requirements:
•    Able to work in United States without sponsorship
•    Able to utilize typical personal protective equipment without difficulty
•    Able to physically access equipment throughout the plant on multiple levels


Eastman Chemical Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.

Eastman is committed to creating a powerfully diverse workforce and a broadly inclusive workplace, where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential each day.

Nearest Major Market: Anniston

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