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January 2022 - Northeast State/Mountain Empire/Walter's State Metal Fab Trainee Program

Job Requisition ID:  39802

To be eligible, you MUST be a current student or recent graduate of the Electromechanical or Mechatronics programs at either Mountain Empire Community College, Northeast State Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College or Walters State Community College.    


This program provides a one year opportunity for selected students of NSCC or graduates of TCAT to apply and develop their knowledge and skills as a metal fabricator/welder in an industrial setting.

  • A trainee will receive college credit towards their Associate of Applied Science degree at NSCC if they are a current student in the program.
  • Completion of this program is one of the requirements for consideration for possible future employment as an Eastman metal fabricator apprentice.
  • Upon completion of the Metal Fabricator/Welder trainee assignment the student will have been exposed to a variety of tools used to fabricate and repair various parts used in the manufacturing process at the Kingsport site.
  • 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 NSCC during the trainee program.
  • Will develop knowledge and skills in the following techniques:
    • Oxy-fuel welding and brazing
    • Flux-Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
    • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) (MIG)
    • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) (TIG)
    • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • May operate various types of metal shop equipment with proper training and supervision such as brakes, shears, rolls, positioners, band saws, cranes, etc.
  • May operate various hand tools with proper training such as sanders, grinders, welding equipment, metal cutting equipment, etc.
  • May serve as a fitter/helper for welders.
  • May perform a variety of routine assignments that do not require the training/experience of a skilled craft worker.
  • May cut or burn metals with close direction and supervision.
  • May use various computer systems in performance of their work (SAP, Outlook , Excel).
  • 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.
  • May assist skilled craft workers in fabrication, installation, troubleshooting and repair of various equipment such as tanks, vessels, heat exchangers, etc. where specialized training and experience is not required.
  • Shares the responsibility for managing team business within defined boundaries and guidelines.
  • Interacts with other (team members, supervision, customers, etc.) in an empowering manner to share team leadership and establish and 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.
  • Current enrollment in Northeast State Metal Fabrication program is required. We will also accept applicants who have previously completed the combination welding program at the TCAT.
  • Must have completed at least two semesters toward an Associates of Applied Science in Welding/Metal Fabrication from Northeast State or have completed the Combination Welding program at TCAT.
  • Students completing their 2nd semester at NSCC are eligible to apply.
  • Must achieve required WorkKeys scores as listed below.
    • Locating Information/Graphic Literacy : 4
    • Reading for Information/Workplace Documents: 4
    • Applied Mathematics: 4


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.



Nearest Major Market: Asheville
Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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