Automation & Instrumentation Technologist

Job Requisition ID:  51411

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 2023 revenue of approximately $9.2 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit





The Manufacturing Technologist supports Manufacturing, Engineering, Quality and Maintenance teams and coordinates technical evaluation efforts on assigned projects.  This position is responsible for monitoring and improving the reliability of the manufacturing processes as well as the qualification of new or improved raw materials. Additionally, the Manufacturing Technologist leads new product trials and facilitates knowledge to Manufacturing and Quality organizations by creating written procedures and providing hands-on training as needed


  • Addresses basic to in-depth support on production and quality issues, including but not limited to, web handling, coating technologies and roll winding
  • Performs advanced troubleshooting, including hands-on interaction with production operators and supervisors as well as preparation of technical reports to document the solutions
  • Prepares test methods and standard operating procedures
  • Provides training for machine operators/supervisors to better implement new test procedures and standard operating procedures
  • Prepares machine deviations as required by the process
  • Actively participates as a project team member as part of the Product Development process
  • Participates as a team member in evaluation & qualifications of raw materials 
  • Engages & works closely with various problem-solving teams
  • Interacts with responsible departments at Eastman to resolve issues and provide proper feedback to the customer and continuous product improvement 
  • Occasional travel to customer/supplier facilities, as required, by project or product development needs
  • Supports 24/7 operations by being available by phone for support or off-hours call-in on occasion




  • Associate’s degree in Science or Engineering preferred; technical training & experience considered in lieu of a degree
  • At least 3 years of minimum manufacturing experience required
  • Must be willing to work an evening (2nd shift) schedule for extended periods of time
  • Ability to work alternate schedule, such as weekends or night shift when necessary to support trials, new product development or troubleshooting
  • Previous project leadership/manufacturing leadership experience is preferred
  • Deep understanding of coating & laminating machines and manufacturing processes preferred
  • Capable of working independently and making sound decisions while working with shift crews
  • Ability to create and share technical reports & presentations to colleagues and management
  • Proactive approach to identifying and implementing process improvements
  • High troubleshooting and problem-solving acumen
  • The ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and prioritize work
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate at all organizational levels
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 


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: Roanoke

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