Electrical Engineer - SIS/Interlocks & Process Instrumentation Experience

Job Requisition ID:  50024

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 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2022 revenues of approximately $10.6 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit www.eastman.com. 


Job Description

Electrical Engineers in Engineering & Services Department, Electrical & Instrumentation (E&I) Group, provide electrical engineering technical support for plant operating and maintenance departments. The engineers also provide electrical engineering support for capital projects including (1) definition of the electrical/instrument scope of project, (2) input to estimates, design and specification of equipment, and (3) other needed capital project services. Individuals in this role maintain expertise in assigned functional areas and areas of subject matter expertise. The engineer also maintains corporate and site standards related to assigned functional areas, aligning these with other industry standards as applicable.


Job Responsibilities

  • Provide electrical and instrument (E&I) engineering technical support, primarily for the Longview, Texas site, but for other sites as requested.
  • Identify opportunities for improved instrument and interlock design (e.g., improved safety, quality, cost, reliability, etc.).
  • Maintain technical expertise in assigned functional areas such as SIS, instrumented protective systems (IPS), instrumentation, controls, etc.
  • Provide or coordinate training for operating departments and Control Systems Mechanics related to interlock troubleshooting and verification.
  • Provide forecast cost and schedule estimates for capital and maintenance projects.
  • Determine scope of work for instrument and interlock portion of projects.
  • Provide engineering design and specifications to support procurement and construction activities for projects.
  • Lead and/or participate on standards teams to develop standards and practices to be used for Eastman capital and maintenance projects. 
  • Maintain knowledge of latest innovations and technologies.
  • Interpret codes and standards related to functional areas of expertise.
  • Participate with E&I team members on improvement projects related to E&I processes.
  • Provide on-call E&I support for plant operations.
  • Prioritize work assignments based on the safety, environmental, regulatory, and economic value to Eastman.
  • Instrumentation and Process Safety Interlock functional ownership:
    • Work with Operations staff and Maintenance to address interlock concerns.
    • Provide engagement and support for capital projects involving interlock design and applications.
    • Support site efforts to ensure interlock verifications are properly scheduled and completed in accordance with interlock design requirements.
    • Assist in the troubleshooting of SIS and interlock related issues.
    • Lead effort for site interlock initiatives to ensure documentation and procedures are in accordance with the necessary requirements.
    • Evaluate interlock verification extensions for approval.
    • Ensure that outside SIS design firms meet Eastman standards for quality and safety, and follow procedures.
    • Engage in incident reviews associated with instrumentation and interlocks to discern root causes.
  • Provide mentorship and sharing of knowledge for other team members.
  • Perform above duties with attention to safety in both work practices and design.
  • Perform above duties with a focus on teamwork and customer satisfaction.


Job Qualification / Skills  

General Electrical Engineering and Project Management Skills, including all or some of the following:

Process Instrumentation

Process control

Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)

SIS/SIL interlock design



- 5 years of experience

- Must possess a mindset that injuries and safety events are avoidable.

- Strong commitment to personnel and process safety

- Ability to work effectively in a team environment with personnel from diverse backgrounds

- Ability to effectively handle a large volume of important or urgent issues in a timely manner

- Ability to effectively self-manage a very demanding workload

- Ability to effectively represent Eastman interest with outside groups, companies, and agencies

- Ability to work independently and drive initiatives while providing good communication on status

- High level of initiative

- Service oriented and customer focused

- Good written and oral communication skills

- Good team leadership skills

- Strong problem solving and decision-making skills

- Good judgment

- Good planning and organizing skills

- Strong curiosity and a desire to determine the root cause of a problem

- Desire for continuous improvement and development for personal growth


Bachelor (BS) or Master's (MS) degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited university is required.



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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