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Electrical Power Distribution Technician

Job Requisition ID:  46506

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 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2020 revenues of approximately $8.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit


The list of essential functions is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary. Employees must exercise principles of safety, environmental management, quality management, and good housekeeping in all aspects of the job and must inform supervision of any unsafe practices or conditions.
Prerequisites for this position are that the Electrical Power Distribution Technician must have been trained in or have a good working knowledge of:

•    NFPA 70E – Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
•    Safe switching practices, including creating and executing switching orders
•    Inspection and maintenance practices for high voltage equipment (480V to 69KV) including transformers, breakers, switches, and motors
•    Inspection and maintenance practices for overhead power distribution lines

Maintenance  responsibilities include:
•    Ensure the reliable operation of all high voltage equipment in the plant
o    Performs corrective and preventative maintenance tasks on all high voltage equipment in the plant
o    Actively looks for electrical reliability improvement opportunities
o    Effectively communicates at a variety of levels, including the writing of reports on equipment condition and status
•    Operates and maintains all substations and MCC’s within the plant
o    Safely operates electrical system including work on switches and breakers
o    Develops and executes switching orders
o    Safely performs power factor testing, checks transformer turn ratio, and winding resistance
o    Utilizes protective relays to monitor equipment health and troubleshoot 
o    Supports infrared thermography scans of power distribution equipment
o    Replaces fuses as needed in substations throughout the plant
o    Transports and connects standard gas cylinders to recharge, remove, and prevent moisture within the electrical components at the substations
•    Inspects and maintains overhead power distribution lines
o    Performs visual inspections to identify system hardware issues
•    Provides safe work permits to contractors working on or around high voltage equipment in the plant
•    Is aware of and responds to emergency protocols during shutdowns and startups

Project Support responsibilities include:
•    Provides support to engineering project teams that install, modify or will affect any power distribution equipment in the plant
•    Follows the progress of the projects ensuring that the power distribution equipment is installed correctly with all parameters being properly set for the desired operation 

Routine Reporting responsibilities also include but are not limited to the following:
•    Maintains and reviews maintenance records on all power distribution equipment in the plant



•    TDLR Journeyman Electrician License preferred
•    5+ years relevant high voltage experience (greater than 480V)
•    Associates Degree optional, but preferred


Required Behaviors: 
•    Relentlessly pursue and leverage market insights to guide strategies and make superior choices
•    Make courageous decisions to innovate and accelerate value creation
•    Optimistically focus on continual growth - pursuing superior outcomes for business & customer success
•    Have a bias for action, prioritizing issues and making sound decisions - appropriately accounting for uncertainty and risk
•    Adapt to changing market and customer opportunities quickly to deliver results in the most effective way

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.

Nearest Major Market: Galveston
Nearest Secondary Market: Houston

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