Reliability Engineer

Job Requisition ID:  51004

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 Reliability Engineer at Eastman, you’ll support efforts in our manufacturing plants to improve process and equipment reliability.  You will be assigned to a specific area of the plant and work with Maintenance, Engineering and Operations to identify, prioritize, and execute improvement opportunities and 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
  • Lead projects that provide engineered solutions to complex problems that increase equipment and process reliability
  • Partner with area maintenance to target reliability and maintainability issues, reduce cost, and improve productivity
  • Provide support for plant outages and shutdowns as requested
  • Understand and utilize Lean Six Sigma tools for problem solving and risk elimination
  • Support initiatives in assigned area
  • Identify and prioritize opportunities for reliability improvements by mining information from SAP, reliability systems, and production logs
  • Lead and manage Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) investigations
  • Manage FMEA analyses on critical production assets
  • 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



  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from an accredited college or university is required. Mechanical engineering is highly preferred.
  • Previous reliability engineering experience, including experience in a chemical, petrochemical or related environment is required. 5+ years experience preferred.
  • Strong basic engineering and reliability engineering skills, with the desire to learn advanced reliability engineering principles
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with root cause analysis (RCA) methodologies
  • xperience managing equipment preventive and predictive maintenance plan with asset management software (SAP preferred)
  • Knowledge of common process equipment (pumps, fans, agitators, motors, valves, instrumentation etc.)
  • Basic knowledge of electrical power distribution systems
  • Understanding of common predictive and diagnostic technologies for rotating and fixed equipment
  • Must be highly-motivated, self-directed and able to manage own project portfolio
  • Desire and ability 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 and PowerPoint)
  • Effective group facilitation and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with and lead cross-functional working teams
  • Service-oriented, customer-focused and strong analytical capabilities
  • Unwavering commitment to personnel and process safety


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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