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

Job Requisition ID:  45721

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

Complete at least two semesters toward an A.A.S. with Northeast State Community College in Industrial Technology - Machine Tool or
Complete the Precision Machining certificate program with Virginia Highlands Community College (Machinist Trainee Only) or
Complete the Machinist I at the Elizabethton - Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT)   


This program provides a one year opportunity for selected students to develop their knowledge and skills as a Machinist in an industrial setting.

  • A trainee will receive college credit towards their Associate of Applied Science degree at NSCC for completion of this program.
  • Completion of this program is one of the requirements for consideration for possible future employment as an Eastman Machinist apprentice.
  • Upon completion of the Machinist 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 until graduation.
  • Provides assistance to skilled craft workers in performance of maintenance and repair work assignments.
  • May provide assistance in either mechanical or electrical/instrument maintenance and repair assignments.
  • Assist in the disassembly/assembly of equipment for repair, cleaning or maintenance.
  • Assist in removal and installation of piping, and perform routine tasks such as measuring pipe, cutting and de-burring 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 worker.
  • May operate shop equipment with proper training. (i.e. band saw, drill press, grinder, belt sander, lathe, milling machines).
  • May cut or burn metals with close direction and supervision.
  • Perform basic shop math.
  • Read blue prints and shop sketches.
  • Utilize measuring tools such as micrometers, dial calipers, and dial indicators.
  • 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.
  • Assist skilled craft workers 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.
  • 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 Machine Tool program is required or have completed the Machinist I program at TCAT.
  • Must have completed at least two semesters toward an Associates of Applied Science in Machine Tool Technology from Northeast State or have completed the Machinist I program at TCAT.
  • Students completing their 2nd semester are eligible to apply.
  • Must achieve required WorkKeys scores.
    • Graphic Literacy - 4
    • 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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