Operations Helper - Entry Level - 2024

Job Requisition ID:  50424

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 www.eastman.com.



In this role, you start as an Operations Helper (entry level position) progressing into the Operator Apprentice Program (OAP) to become a Chemical Operator. 


In this role, you will work under the general supervision of a team manager or coach to safely perform the following duties and responsibilities:


  • Prepare orders for shipment by packaging and loading finished product into warehouse or onto tank cars or trucks.
  • Unload and unpack raw materials arriving at the plant.
  • Operate forklifts.
  • Clean and inspect tanks.
  • Open and close valves.
  • Maintain a clean and safe environment, including performing daily housekeeping in assigned work area and all other work areas as instructed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.




  • High School Diploma or GED is required. An associate’s or technical degree, chemical process certificate, military experience &/or manufacturing experience highly preferred.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have valid driver's license.
  • Willing and able to work 12-hour rotating shifts, including overtime, sometimes on short notice. 
  • Willing and able to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when required, such as steel toe shoes &/or boots, hard hat, high visibility clothing, respirator and protective eyewear.
  • Willing and able to perform various physical requirements, including but not limited to, climbing stairs or ladders, bending, squatting, pushing, pulling, repetitive movement and performing overhead work.
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate basic knowledge and skills by completing the ACT Workkeys assessment testing and attain required scores within 12 months of hire date.
  • Workkeys required score levels:
    • Reading for Information / Workplace Documents - Level 6
    • Locating Information / Graphic Literacy - Level 5
    • Applied Mathematics - Level 6

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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