Welder - Field Mechanic Apprentice

Job Requisition ID:  50714

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, visitwww.eastman.com.


Thank you for your interest in the Piping and Pressure Welder career at Eastman. We receive a high volume of interested canddiates who apply to our positions. Although we are excited about each of our candidate's potential to be a 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 line for the Longview plant.  Also, you may access eastman.com 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: http://www.eastman.com/company/documents/TX_Operations_hiring_info.pdf   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 may register online at www.kilgore.edu/workkeys .
  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 (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
  • Attatchment 4:  Workkeys test results (must be dated within the last 5 years)


NOTE: You should receive an immediate email confirmation when your application is submitted; only complete applications with ALL MANDATORY DOCUMENTS attached within 90 days of applying will be considered.

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


Job Description:

Piping and Pressure Vessel Welders must be proficient in making coded, x-ray quality, open butt welds on various sizes of carbon steel pipe. 

The Piping and Pressure Vessel Welder will:

  • Dismantle, repair, make adjustments to, overhaul, erect, install, assemble, fabricate and service process piping and equipment throughout the plant
  • Determine replacement part needs for repair, develop repair recommendations, identify material specifications and assure new parts meet specifications
  • Lay out dimensions, cut and prepare piping and materials for repair or fabrication of piping, vessels and structures
  • 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
  • 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 the 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:
    • 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 a 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
  • Maintain current status on all procedural and safety training



 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


 Job Requirements:

• 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)

Successful completion of Select Assessment ® for Manufacturing administered by Talogy


• A welding certificate, Associate's degree in welding or extensive pipe welding experience, minimum of two years.


• Proficiency in making coded, x-ray quality, open butt welds on various sizes of carbon steel pipe.  Pipe, open butt welding experience is an absolute requirement for this position. 


• An Associate's degree in a program validated by Eastman is preferred.  Current validated program is Kilgore College Welding Technology AAS.



Nearest Major Market: Longview

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