Maintenance Support Mechanic Apprentice

Job Requisition ID:  51353

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



We receive a high volume of interested candidates who apply to our positions. Although we are excited about each of our candidate's potential to be part of the Eastman Team, we are not staffed to talk personally with each individual. Therefore we have a dedicated phone line for you to access directly (903) 237-6111 where you can get answers to commonly asked questions.  Please do not call the regular main phone line for the Longview plant.  This is an applicant pool posting for several job openings over the time period of up to one year.  By applying through this posting, you will remain an “active job specific applicant” for 1 year. Candidates who have applied for these positions within the current calendar year, should not reapply.

Details of the application and hiring process are available at - click on the Longview, Texas link.


 Applicants must do the following:

  1. Complete WorkKeys assessments no later than 30 days after applying.  See minimum required scores below. Make your scores "public" to employers. The URL must include the words "test details".  See further instructions provided in link below. Workkeys tests are currently offered at Kilgore College  (must register several days in advance) and you can register online at click menu and type "workkeys" in the quick search.
  2. Complete this on-line application - Answer all questions and provide the public link to WorkKeys scores as directed. Please consider setting your profile visibility to "any company recruiter in my country of residence" or "worldwide" which will enable only Eastman recruiters to view.
  3. Electronically attach the following no later than 30 days after applying (note, system allows a maximum of four  (4) attachments):
  • Attachment 1:  Resume - Include on resume complete information on work history with job duties, dates of employment, reason for leaving and salary history.
  • Attachment 2:  High School Transcripts or GED Certificate required and any college/tech school you would like considered. Please blackout dates and other personal information such as birthdate, social security number or race.
  • Attachment 3:  Copy of DD214 if you served in the military
  • Attachment 4:  Workkeys test results - must be dated within the last 5 years to be valid


NOTE: You should receive an immediate email confirmation when your application is submitted; only complete applications with ALL MANDATORY DOCUMENTS attached within 30 days of applying will be considered.

*Current student internship mechanics are not required to upload documents or provide links to information already on file.


Job Description:

The Maintenance Support Mechanic responsibilities are primarily focused in fixed equipment and may include but not limited to:

  • Dismantle, repair, make adjustments to, overhaul, erect, install, assemble, fabricate and service mechanical equipment and process piping equipment throughout the plant
  • Determine replacement part needs for repair, develop repair recommendations, identify material specifications and assure new parts meet specifications
  • Supports rotating equipment and troubleshooting related projects lead by General Maintenance Mechanics
  • When necessary can perform specialized skills related to machinist/assembly repairs
  • Detect faulty equipment by inspection, testing, or general knowledge of the work
  • Perform troubleshooting and preventive maintenance work to prevent breakdowns that could curtail production or cause dangerous or unsafe conditions to exist
  • Use precision tools, machinery and equipment such as a lathe, vertical milling machine, drill press, hydraulic press, shaper, grinder and a variety of cutting tools and equipment
  • Fabricate and shape parts such as tools and machine parts out of metal, plastics and composites
  • Measure, examine, and test completed units in order to detect defect
  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines during the machining process
  • Determine replacement part needs for repair, develop repair recommendations, identify material specifications and assure new parts meet specifications
  • Work from blueprints, written specifications, sketches, job plans and oral instructions
  • Make repairs using reference material and prior experience without specific instruction
  • Utilize testing and measurement equipment
  • Observe maintenance procedures and keep all tools and shop equipment in good working condition
  • Perform basic root cause failure analysis (RCFA) on equipment and use reporting systems to record information
  • Comprehend and follow written and verbal instructions
  • Coordinate eyes, hands, and fingers to handle precise movements
  • Coordinate eyes, hands and feet with each other in response to visual prompts
  • Use computers to:
    • Access procedures and other information
    • Access and complete required training
    • Input/retrieve data
    • Look at BOMs (Bill of Material) in SAP
  • Follow all safety, environmental, and company rules and policies
  • Be available for overtime or alternate schedules, on-call duties, and work rotating shift as required
  • Perform other related duties as designated by supervision
  • Use all safety equipment/personal protective equipment as designated, including but not limited to safety glasses, hearing protection, hard hat, face shield, fire retardant coveralls, safety boots, and respirators
  • Physical requirements include, but are not limited to, performing work in both shop/indoors and field/outdoors (in all weather conditions), standing, walking, climbing stairs and ladders, working at heights, working in cramped or confined spaces as needed,  and lifting and moving loads of various weights using any available tools and equipment
  • Interpersonal requirements include, but are not limited to:
    • Good Judgment
    • Dependability
    • Initiative (makes good use of time/resources)
    • Calm during emergencies
    • Team Player in a diverse work group



Training Requirements (after reporting to work):

  • Complete apprenticeship program that includes:
    • classroom (books, hands-on labs, tests) - this portion is done primarily on the apprentice's own time
    • on-the-job training
    • on-going satisfactory performance
    • quarterly evaluations/feedback
  • Maintain current status on all procedural and safety training



Required Qualifications:  

  • High school diploma or General Education Degree (GED) required
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Must have a valid state motor vehicle driver's license
  • Minimum WorkKeys scores of:
    • Applied Mathematics         4
    • Locating Information          4
    • Reading for Information     4
    • Applied Technology  (no minimum, but scores are reviewed by hiring managers)

       • An Associate's degree in a related field or two or more years of related experience is required.



Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Mechanical experience in an industrial, military, construction or manual machinist/machine shop environment is preferred.
  • An Associate's degree in a program validated by Eastman is preferred.  Current validated programs are Kilgore College Industrial Maintenance Technology AAS or TSTC Waco Industrial Systems Technology AAS.
  • Manual Machinist - Class A
  • Troubleshooting
  • Rotating Equipment
  • Multi-craft ( Electrical, Mechanical, Fabrication, and Machining)
  • Stable and progressive work history


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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