Mechanical Engineer - Experienced

Job Requisition ID:  51517

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 2023 revenue of approximately $9.2 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit




As a Mechanical Engineer at Eastman, you’ll provide innovative technical support for Eastman manufacturing units. You will utilize a broad range of engineering, team, and communication skills on projects that range from small, fast-paced assignments to larger, strategic, long range projects. This particular role requires a fundamental understanding of mechanical engineering.  


In this role, you will:


  • Work closely with Maintenance, Development and Manufacturing personnel to assist the manufacturing unit in achieving their production, reliability and maintenance objectives
  • Be responsible for workload and management of engineering projects from initial response to completion
  • Provide project management and engineering support for projects
  • Generate improvement ideas and designs
  • Summarize the issue being addressed and resolution plans for high level management review
  • Be self-driven and able to complete projects in a variety of execution environments outside of Kingsport site
  • Work in both design office and operating plant environments


Specific expectations will include:


  • Collaborating with others in a multi-disciplined group or team environment
  • Organizing and championing broader efforts semi-autonomously
  • Working with multiple parties to identify unique solutions drawing on one’s own mechanical engineering background
  • Developing of and adhering to Eastman’s engineering design standards
  • Developing capital project scope, estimated cost, engineering design and generation of construction packages
  • Communicating with construction forces to follow through to ensure desired outcomes are achieved
  • Partnering with Operations and Maintenance to identify and troubleshoot issues that prevent or limit production reliability
  • Identifying cost savings and improvement opportunities
  • Understanding Eastman’s processes for executing work including large gap analysis or study jobs, Management of Change (MOCs), EJobs, Work Orders, Small Capital Projects and larger SER capital projects
  • Mentoring and onboarding of less experienced mechanical staff




  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from an ABET-accredited college or university is required
  • Must have at least 2 years of relevant professional experience
  • Proficiency with engineering tools such as laser scanning, 3-D models, MicroStation, P&IDs, Microsoft suite of tools, Engineer’s Aid, etc. desired
  • Some working knowledge of chemical processing equipment such as rotating equipment (pumps, fans compressors, etc…), piping and piping components (manual and automated valves, orifice plates, flow measuring devices, flange design, etc…) pressure vessels (relieve devices, vent designs, etc…) and basic materials knowledge (metals, gaskets, coatings, linings, etc…) is a plus
  • Professional Engineer (PE) license preferred 
  • Individual must possess a strong personal and engineering process mindset
  • Demonstrated technical proficiency and problem-solving 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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