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Maintenance Reliability Engineer

Job Requisition ID:  24263

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2017 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world.

The Maintenance & Reliability Engineer is responsible for analyzing and continuously improving plant equipment reliability and mechanical integrity to achieve the highest degree of equipment effectiveness at the lowest sustainable cost.  This position reports to the Maintenance Manager. 

Responsibilities Include

  • Supplement the site Reliability program.  This includes:
  • Identify problematic equipment and develop solutions to correct issues
  • Ensure assigned action items are managed to closure
  • Review equipment history, identify failure trends, and develop corrective actions to improve life cycle
  • Record and review reliability KPIs [e.g. mean time between failure (MTBF)]
  • Review history to determine MTBF for critical and problematic equipment
  • Design and specify alterations and revisions to improve equipment reliability
  • Investigate equipment failures, determine root cause, recommend and oversee appropriate solutions to eliminate / reduce failure
  • Provide technical support to field maintenance as required to resolve problems
  • Direct the Preventative/Predictive maintenance program.  This includes:
  • Perform RCA and FMEA analyses on critical equipment
  • Ongoing assessment and development of Preventative / Predictive Maintenance programs for critical equipment
  • Stay abreast of and evaluate new methodologies, work practices, equipment/machinery technology, etc. for application and use within the plant
  • Advise and direct capital projects on behalf of maintenance
  • Ensure that all maintenance work is performed in accordance with maintenance engineering standards and to the highest quality

    Education and Experience

  • B.S. Mechanical or Electrical Engineering 

    EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:  3+ years’ experience


    The successful candidate must:

  • Have good written, listening and verbal communication skills.  Strong multi-tasking skills.
  • Be a team player in a team environment
  • Have the ability to respond to call outs and flexibility to work extended hours (including weekends and holidays if needed)
  • Basic understanding of mechanical systems including rotating equipment, piping, and HVAC
  • Basic understanding of controls systems and power distribution and instrumentation.
  • Proficiency with SAP software applications is preferred. Have a strong background in applications such as Microsoft Project, Word, Excel, Power Point, SharePoint etc.
  • Have a desire to work hands-on in a plant operating environment
  • Problem solving skills including the ability to organize and analyze large quantities of technical data and information to make creative and balanced decisions
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and work successfully in cross functional teams

Eastman Chemical Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to 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.


Eastman Chemical Company is an E-Verify employer.

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