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January 2020- Electromechanical/Mechatronics Trainee Program

Job Requisition ID:  26475

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 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2018 revenues of approximately $10 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit


You MUST be a current student at Mountain Empire Community College, Northeast State Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College or Walters State Community College to be eligible for this student program.    


This program provides a one year opportunity for selected students of MECC, NSCC, VHCC and WSCC to apply and develop their knowledge and skills as a maintenance professional in an industrial setting.

  • A trainee will receive college credit towards their Associate of Applied Science degree at any of the 3 listed schools for completion of this program.
  • Completion of this program is one of the requirements for consideration for possible future employment as an Eastman Maintenance Entry Helper apprentice.
  • The student will be closely supervised and mentored on a daily basis with the goal of providing a hands-on learning environment.  


Job Description/Responsibilities:

  • The trainee program duration is 12 months or 2,000 hours.
  • The trainee must meet all terms of employment with Eastman Chemical Company.
  • The trainee must remain in good standing with his or her respective school during the trainee program and/or until graduation.
  • Provides assistance to skilled craft workers in performance of maintenance and repair work assignments.
  • Assist in removal and installation of piping, and perform routine tasks such as measuring pipe, cutting and deburring pipe, threading pipe, and assisting with alignment of piping. May perform similar duties to assist in pressure vessel tube repairs.
  • Serve as a fitter/helper for welders.
  • May perform a variety of routine assignments that do not require the training/experience of a skilled craftsworker.
  • May operate shop equipment with proper training. (i.e. band saw, drill press, grinder, belt sander).
  • May cut or burn metals with close direction and supervision.
  • Maintain housekeeping and cleanup during and after completion of maintenance work.
  • May perform other duties as required to ensure efficient completion of maintenance assignments, such as obtaining materials, parts, or tools, operation of a lift truck or company vehicle, etc.
  • Assist skilled craftsworkers in installation, troubleshooting and repair of electrical equipment and instrumentation where specialized training and experience is not required.
  • May assist in pulling electrical cable or other wiring, and other assignments of routine nature.
  • May perform routine instrument calibrations, which may include checking the instrument calibration and making routine calibrations such as zeroing the instrument or minor span adjustments.
  • Shares the responsibility for managing team business within defined boundaries and guidelines.
  • Interact with others (team members, supervision, customers, etc.) in an empowering manner to share team leadership and establish & carry out appropriate team processes.
  • Trainees are evaluated on: safety, team work, job knowledge, learning speed, leadership qualities, output and productivity, and dependability.



  • High School Diploma or GED is required.
  • Must have completed at least two semesters toward an Associates of Applied Science in Electromechanical Technology or Mechatronics from MECC, NSCC, VHCC or WSCC.
  • Must achieve required WorkKeys scores.
  • Required WorkKeys Scores:
    • Workplace Documents: 6
    • Graphic Literacy: 5
    • Applied Mathematics: 6


Other Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have valid driver's license.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
  • Must be able to perform the essential elements of the positions with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Must follow all safety procedures.
  • Must wear company-provided personal protective equipment: safety shoes, glasses with side shields & hard hats at all times in designated areas.
  • Dust mask, rubber gloves, face shields, & other protective equipment must be worn when required.
  • Have a strong work ethic, demonstrating dependability, initiative & professional attitude.
  • Must have clear, concise verbal & written communication skills.  


Eastman Chemical Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to 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: Asheville
Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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