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Engineering Technician

Job Requisition ID:  44124

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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


Entry level or experienced Unit Operation Technician in the Process Design Group for the Scale-up and Process Innovation Division at Eastman Chemical Company located in Kingsport, TN. The position will have responsibility for experimental build, planning, and execution of multiple process/technology demonstrations (separations and reactions) as well as provide key technology input into process unit designs developed at Eastman.  
Critical need for this role is the ability to build AND then run lab separation/reaction units from bench to pilot scale.  This job is more than a chemist or bench lab technician work having less emphasis on synthetic/analytical chemistry.  Key skills that are needed for this role are creativity, ability to learn, application of mechanical and electrical training as it relates to small process unit operation construction and operation with focus on separations.  
Candidate must be flexible, proactive, and professional.  Candidates should be able to communicate effectively and function in an innovative, fast-paced, multidisciplinary team environment. 
Job Responsibilities:
-  Strong commitment to process safely and promoting a safe work environment. 
-   Develop hands-on technical expertise on multiple separation capabilities included vapor/liquid, liquid/liquid, solid/liquid separations, and solids processing capabilities.
-   Develop hands-on technical expertise with building, operating, and running chemical reaction systems (stirred vessels,fixed beds, microreactors, and other reaction technology.
-  Highly desired:  Previous experience/training in mechanical, electrical and/or control systems job/work to be leveraged in unit operation construction and automation. 
-  Develop, build and optimize new process demonstration units at multiple lab-based scales (bench up to mini-plant).
-   Working in a fast paced, results-oriented team environment to assist in developing new technologies and processes providing innovative solutions to customer needs
-  Participate effectively on multi-disciplinary teams
-  Collaborating with process design experts to develop breakthrough innovative solutions on new and existing process separations and design challenges that may include:
-  Synthesis of new materials utilizing small and large scale lab equipment. 
-  Development and optimization of laboratory procedures and capabilities.
-  Developing new information and understanding of existing product through lab and bench scale experimentation. 
-  Documenting experimental work and writing technical and invention reports.
-  Provide reliable & high quality data to senior scientists and other stakeholders.



Entry Level Unit Operation Technician qualifications described below are required:
-  Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree in basic science or technical training program.
-  Experience preferred (but not required) for bench, lab, or pilot scale separations experience required in vapor/liquid, liquid/liquid, and solid/liquid separations
-  Highly desired:  Previous experience/training in mechanical, electrical and/or control systems job/work to be leveraged in unit operation construction and automation. 
-  Preferred knowledge of Lab Automation software (Camile, LabVIEW, Mettler Toledo software, etc.)
-  Problem solving, math and science skills and familiarity with statistical methodology
-  Initiative and the ability to work in a team setting
-  Clear and effective written and oral communication is essential
-  General computer experience with relevant and Microsoft software packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

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.

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