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Switch Crew

Job Requisition ID:  44015

Eastman’s current hiring policy encourages and prefers new hires be fully vaccinated before reporting to work in this role when possible. 

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 2021 revenues of approximately $10.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit


The Switch Crew position is essential to the operations of the St. Gabriel site. This position works with other switch crew and loading team members to plan and execute movements of railcars to be loaded, unloaded, and shipped. They interact with the CN railroad, spot and weigh tank cars and unload raw products for the Process Unit. Commitment to safety required, as well as ensuring compliance with DOT regulations.

  • Comply with 100% safety, DOT and FRA regulations, environmental, quality, and security performance.
  • Ensure plant equipment, storage tracks and rail switches are properly lined up, controlled, and monitored for safe and efficient operations.
  • Responsible for the loading and unloading of raw materials which is Alcohol (Acetone and Ethanol), and finished products which will be Amines (Highers and Specialty), from both tank cars and tank trucks.
  • Perform minor maintenance.
  • Perform equipment cleaning and inspections.
  • Initiate work permits to ensure safety/efficiency of plant equipment.
  • Active participation and compliance with site Total Safety Process
  • Perform facility maintenance/housekeeping duties as assigned
  • Maintain accurate logs and update switch list and track reports.
  • Skills and Physical Requirements
  • Must have the ability to work in all types of conditions, including but not limited to working in the rail yard, working on railcars, and working in all weather conditions
  • Ability to serve on emergency response team/fire brigade
  • Ability to learn and qualify in multiple Loading unit processes
  • Flexibility to work rotating 12 hour shifts, weekends, holidays, and call-outs
  • Climbing: Frequently. Ascending or descending stairs, stacks and ladders on a daily basis.
  • Stooping/Kneeling/Crouching: Frequently. To pick up parts or equipment.
  • Standing/Walking: Continually. Within the manufacturing plant as well as rail storage track.
  • Reaching: Frequently. To retrieve supplies, parts and equipment.  
  • Pushing/Pulling/Lifting: Continually. To move items within the manufacturing. Lifting devices are used for items weighing over 50 pounds.
  • Grasping:  Continually.  To gather supplies or to compile and assemble paperwork. 
  • Repetitive Motions of the hands/wrists/fingers: Frequently. To enter or retrieve data from the computer or to use tools, supplies and equipment.
  • Work in confined spaces
  • Pass a Physical/Respirator Fit Test
  • Sitting: Rarely



High School diploma or GED required; Process Technology degree or certification highly recommended

All applicants must also apply for this position through Louisiana Workforce at -   Job Order Number 1206732

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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