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Experienced Chemical Operators

Job Requisition ID:  47682

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


  • A limited number of applications for experienced Chemical Operators will be accepted at this time.  This position may be un-posted at any time.   
  • Please do not call to confirm whether or not your application was received. You will be able to see the status of your application at any time from the Job Management link.
  • Employment under the Experienced Chemical Operator classification will require additional job specific training. 


Manufacturing Divisions


  • The employee selected will work a 12-hour rotating shift schedule under the general supervision of a Team Manager, within one of the manufacturing divisions to perform duties such as (but not limited to) the duties listed below. 
  • Read, communicate, and interpret data, and master an understanding of process, mechanical, and instrumented systems.
  • Conduct certain physical tasks, such as opening valves, moving 55-gallon drums, and sampling in both elevated and tight spaces.
  • Climb portable and stationary ladders, work from platforms, and work in very tight, congested places.
  • Operate computer/DCS systems while sitting for extended periods.
  • Perform some routine maintenance tasks, as in TPM within assigned areas.
  • Work at heights or in confined spaces as required
  • Participate in and lead team meetings and discussions.
  • Safely respond to emergencies in a timely manner.
  • Ready equipment in the field (Lock and Tag) in preparation for maintenance work, Lift 50 pounds using proper lifting techniques
  • Use pipe wrenches to turn large valve handle wheels.
  • Trace out lines in the field from inception to termination.
  • Perform simple analytical techniques, such as titrations and gas chromatography.
  • Patrol a broad area when assigned to outside jobs on a rotational basis.



  • HS Diploma or GED is required.
  • Substantial prior experience and/or successful completion of an applicable apprenticeship/structured training program preferred.




  • 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 meet pre-employment requirements such as Physical Abilities Evaluation, Medical Physical, Drug Screen and Background check.


Job Expectations:


  • Must satisfactorily complete all job specific training.
  • Must follow all safety procedures.
  • Must wear company-provided personal protective equipment such as safety shoes, safety glasses with side shields, and hard hats at all times in designated areas.  Dust mask, rubber gloves, face shields, and other protective equipment must be worn when required.
  • If required, must work a twelve (12) hour rotating shift schedule.
  • Overtime work is required from time to time.
  • Be familiar with basic computer functions such as creating, sending, and receiving e-mail and data entry.
  • Have a strong work ethic, demonstrating both initiative and a professional attitude.
  • Must have clear and concise verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to apply mechanical fundamentals to properly operate and maintain the performance of the equipment within area of responsibility.
  • Must be able to perform the essential elements of the positions with or without reasonable accommodations.

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: Asheville
Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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