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Mechanical Design & Development Engineer

Job Requisition ID:  26968

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 2018 revenues of approximately $10 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit

The Mechanical Design and Development Engineer provides support to our Advanced Interlayers Technology team in Springfield, Massachusetts.   This team is responsible for applications research, development, and scale up of our high performance interlayers used in the Architectural and Automotive markets.


Major Position Responsibilities

  • Provide mechanical engineering expertise in support of Technology process and product development projects.  Plan and execute mechanical design activities from pilot scale testing through commercialization. 
  • Project team member for Technology development and capital projects for the Pilot Plant
    • Responsible for liaison between project and Pilot Plant teams.
    • Responsible for planning/executing mechanical engineering aspects of capital projects
    • Responsible for developing plans to design/scope/quote/build equipment and modification to equipment and current processes
  • Identify and implement cost reduction, capacity and process improvement projects such as:
    • Asset effectiveness management improvements
    • Process optimization
    • Statistical Process Control
    • Mechanical reliability, etc.
  • Manage the Pilot Plant maintenance activities including preventative maintenance, shutdown activities, predictive maintenance, equipment calibrations, regulatory compliance and safety. 
  • Provide back-up for Pilot Plant supervisor and shift relief for Pilot Plant technicians when necessary. 


Qualification Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with 5 or more years of experience in an industrial setting.
  • Candidate must be a self-starter, with demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team. 
  • Practical knowledge in the design, development and operation of polymer processing machinery.  Experience with extrusion, mixing, sheet forming, embossing, web/roll handling and process safety systems is preferred.
  • Expertise with CAD / CAM software.  Demonstrated familiarity with process control systems – specifically Delta V is preferred
  • Attention to detail and good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong work ethic and ability to organize/prioritize and execute assignments in a high activity environment. 
  • Willingness to travel to the world-wide SaflexÒ manufacturing sites and work with outside vendors

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.

Nearest Major Market: Springfield MA

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