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Maintenance Engineer

Job Requisition ID:  46544

Eastman’s current hiring policy encourages and prefers new hires be fully vaccinated before reporting to work in this role when possible. 

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 14,000 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2021 revenues of approximately $10.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit



In this role, you'll be accountable for the improvement of process and equipment reliability.   You will partner closely with area maintenance, operations, and engineering to achieve reliability, failure elimination, and cost reduction goals.  Job duties include but are not limited to:


  • Partner closely with area operations to improve equipment availability and process reliability reducing unplanned production losses.
  • Provide engineered solutions to complex problems that increase equipment and process reliability.
  • Work closely with area maintenance to target reliability and maintainability issues, reduce cost, and improve productivity.
  • Provide support for plant outages and shutdowns as requested.
  • Support initiatives in assigned area.
  • Identify and prioritize opportunities for reliability improvements by mining information from SAP, reliability systems, and production logs.
  • Manage Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) investigations.
  • Provide reliability input to capital projects as requested.
  • Provide technical leadership at all levels of the plant organization with special emphasis on interfacing with maintenance crews.
  • Guide problem solving teams to identify, design and implement improvements.
  • Work safely and promote the Eastman safety vision




  • Minimum of a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience
  • Strong basic engineering skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be highly motivated, self-directed, and able to manage own project portfolio
  • Desire to work in the field with mechanics and operators as necessary in response to urgent critical equipment troubleshooting
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (especially Excel)
  • Effective group facilitation and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with and lead cross-functional working teams
  • Basic knowledge of common process equipment (pumps, fans, agitators, motors, etc.)
  • Basic knowledge of mechanical and power transmission components
  • Basic understanding of common predictive and diagnostic technologies for rotating and fixed equipment
  • Service-oriented and customer-focused
  • Unwavering commitment to personnel and process safety
  • Desire to learn new skills in reliability engineering principles, SAP, and root cause failure analysis methods


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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