Process Operator Apprentice

Job Requisition ID:  50706

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,


Thank you for your interest in the Process Operator Apprentice career at Eastman!


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. After the posting closes, we will continue to accept required Workkeys test results, Transcripts, PDF uploads/profile updates on  for 30 calendar days. This allows additional time for candidates to meet our requirements, especially Workkeys testing. 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.  Also, you may access on the career tab to view additional information on job openings and instructions on how to apply. Complete details of the application and hiring process can be found at:  


 Please watch your e-mail for the status of your application with Eastman. 


 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
  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: The 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:  Any high school, technical school, or college transcripts you wish to have us consider. If you receive an offer of employment, High School Transcripts or GED Certificate will be required. 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.


 Job Description:

The Process Operator Apprentice will:

  1. Monitor and operate plant equipment - including start-ups and shut-downs
    • Via Distributed Control Systems and/or panel board mounted instruments
    • In the field, physical requirements include:
      • Working indoors and outdoors (in all weather conditions)
      • Standing, walking, climbing stairs and ladders
      • Working at heights
      • Working in confined spaces (as needed)
      • Working 12-hour rotating shifts (days and nights), if required
      • Lifting and moving loads of various weights
  2. Perform minor maintenance on equipment and/or work with Maintenance personnel on major repairs
  3. Understand and follow written or verbal instructions and procedures
  4. Trouble shoot operational problems
  5. Use computers to:
    • Access procedures and other information
    • Access and complete required training
    • Input/retrieve data
  6. Follow all safety, environmental, and company rules and policies
  7. Wear personal protective equipment as required (may include: safety glasses, fire retardant coveralls, safety boots, hard hats, face shields, etc.)
  8. Perform housekeeping tasks necessary to maintain plant and equipment in a neat, orderly condition
  9. Be dependable (report to work when scheduled, be on time for work and be available for overtime, when needed)
  10. Exercise good judgment
  11. Show initiative (make good use of time and resources)
  12. Be a team player


Training Requirements (after reporting to work):

  1. Complete a 2 - 3 year 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
  2. Maintain current status on all procedural and safety training


 Education:  High School Diploma/GED


Required Qualifications:

  • 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


Job Requirements:

Minimum WorkKeys scores of:

  • Applied Math – Operator 5
  • Graphic Literacy – Operator 4
  • Workplace Documents – Operator 5
  • Applied Technology - no minimum required, but scores are still a factor and reviewed by hiring managers
  • Successful completion of Select Assessment ® for Manufacturing administered by Talogy

    (If you pass the initial screening you will recieve an email from Eastman with instructions on how to complete this)


NOTE:  For Eastman to confirm your WorkKeys scores, you must make them "public" to employers at 


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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