January 2024 - Northeast State/Mountain Empire/Virginia Highlands Metal Fab/Welding Trainee Program

Job Requisition ID:  49686

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 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2022 revenues of approximately $10.6 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit www.eastman.com. 


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, Mountain Empire, or Virginia Highlands Community College in Industrial Technology - Welding / Metal Fabrication


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, MECC, or VHCC 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, teamwork, job knowledge, learning speed, leadership qualities, output and productivity, and dependability.




  • High School Diploma or GED is required.
  • Must be a recent graduate or currently enrolled in Northeast State, Mountain Empire, or Virginia Highlands Metal Fabrication program as 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 are eligible to apply.
  • Please upload transcripts as proof of enrollment or degree (in the "Additional Documents" section of the application).
  • 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.

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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