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January 2023 - Northeast State/Mountain Empire/Walter's State Metal Fab/Welding Trainee Program

Job Requisition ID:  45722

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 - Welding / Metal Fabrication or Complete the Combination Welder diploma 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 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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