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Mechanical Engineer

Job Requisition ID:  45268

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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



This Mechanical Engineer will be a member of the Technology Project Engineering team in Worldwide Engineering and Construction (WWE&C) Division.  The engineer will be responsible for a variety of projects supporting the top corporate growth initiatives and Technology facility infrastructure primarily at the Kingsport, TN site.  Projects will vary in scope from troubleshooting, upgrades, identification of process improvements, and small capital projects.  This individual will be expected to build a strong cross-functional network, collaborating with other Technology, Eastman support organizations, and Contractor employees.  This individual will interface with a variety of Eastman businesses, and should be comfortable communicating with operations, technicians, group leaders, and directors.

Mechanical Design:

  • Utilize a broad range of engineering skills on Technology projects that span from small, fast-paced technical support needs to larger, long-range study jobs, development projects, and capital projects.
  • Identify and implement cost reduction, capacity and process improvement projects such as process optimization and mechanical reliability. 
  • Utilize recognized national and internal company engineering standards to specify and size a variety of mechanical equipment.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with all stakeholders.
  • Responsible for liaison between project and Pilot Plant teams.
  • Provide oversight for small construction project engineering.

Project Management:

  • Manage multiple Technology projects simultaneously, supporting each business segment within Eastman.
  • Projects are primarily directly supporting growth initiatives and infrastructure projects required for Top Growth platforms.  
  • For each project, the engineer will:
  • Work with in-plant customers to define project needs and scope
  • Use scope to prepare estimate of project costs
  • Develop and initiate work packages using appropriate funding mechanism
  • Procure necessasary mechanical equipment
  • Work with a team of technologists, technicians, and skilled craft labor to execute the project
  • Communicate and coordinate closely with customers, fellow project participants, and field execution forces to insure project execution runs smoothly
  • Monitor schedule and costs regularly to insure project remains within control boundaries
  • Ensure proper documentation of all aspects of the project: scope, deliverables, estimate,  material and labor costs,  drawings, schedule, etc.




  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from an ABET-accredited college or university.
  • Two or more years of industrial experience preferred.
  • Candidate must be a self-starter, with demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Must follow corporate and site standards in the design and execution of all project work.
  • Ability to interact positively with group members, project teams, technicians, technologist, and other organizations.
  • Attention to detail and good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong project management and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent work ethic and ability to organize/prioritize and execute assignments in a high activity environment.
  • Comfortable working in both an office and field environment. 



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.

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