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January 2023 - Northeast State/Mountain Empire/Walter's State Electromechanical Trainee Program

Job Requisition ID:  45723

To be eligible, you MUST be a current student or recent graduate of the following:

Complete at least two semesters toward the A.A.S. in Electrical Technology – Concentration: Electromechanical Technology with Northeast State or
Complete at least two semesters toward the A.A.S. in Computer Manufacturing Technology – Electromechanical at Mountain Empire
Complete at least two semesters toward the Electrical Technology – Specialization in Mechatronics at Virginia Highlands
Complete at least two semesters toward the A.A.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology – Electromechanical or Electrical Engineering Technology - Automation at Walter State 
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 craft 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 daily 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.
  • If currently enrolled as a student, the trainee must maintain good standing with his or her respective school during the trainee program and/or until graduation.
  • Aids 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 craft professional.
  • 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 craft-professionals 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, teamwork, job knowledge, learning speed, leadership qualities, output and productivity, and dependability.



  • High School Diploma or GED is required.
  • Must be a graduate or complete 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 always in designated areas.
  • Dust mask, rubber gloves, face shields, & other protective equipment must be worn when required.
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic, dependability, initiative & professional attitude.
  • Must have clear, concise verbal & written communication skills.  

Nearest Major Market: Asheville
Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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