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Outside Operator

Job Requisition ID:  42406

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 www.eastman.com.

Chemical Operator - Outside

We are looking for technically capable Chemical Operators who embrace change, adapt fast, make decisions quickly, possess self-confidence and leadership skills and are lifelong learners. This position will work in a Union environment.

After an individual applies and meets the minimum qualifications for the position, technical testing will be scheduled. Passing the technical testing is required to move forward through the hiring process. Interviews will be scheduled with select individuals based on position requirements. If an offer is made, the individual must then complete and pass a comprehensive physical function test, background check and drug screen to start work.

Major Responsibilities

This position is responsible for the monitoring and operation of plant process equipment used in the manufacturing process. The Outside Operator evaluates the unit’s operating status and performs troubleshooting of processes and equipment in order to maximize unit reliability and product quality. They document various operating parameters and maintain communication with others inside and outside of their department. The incumbent also monitors maintenance activities and performs minor maintenance. The Outside Operator must be aware of and follow all safety and security guidelines according to Company policy and in compliance with all applicable environmental, safety and government regulations. The Outside operator role supports and is cross trained in three areas within the position: PZ, Acetic Acid, Utilities, and Support Areas

Responsibilities

The processor position is responsible for various duties associated with product manufacturing from raw material delivery to shipment of product that include the following: 

•Responsible for personal safety, the safety of co-workers and promoting a safe work environment; responsible for carrying out all work activities in compliance with state and federal environmental regulations.
•Takes personal leadership role in daily activities, task planning, incident investigations and work performance as they relate to the Eastman’s key focus areas of Safety, Environmental, Quality, Reliability, and Cost of operation.
•Responsible for gaining and maintaining process knowledge of the unit and process changes to the unit, to enable effective operation and detection of unusual process conditions; uses knowledge to troubleshoot and resolve issues.
•Responsible for taking readings, utilizing plant data/control systems and observing process conditions on a continual basis to maintain good control of the unit.
•Provides accurate and timely communication to co-workers, and works with other functions to improve individual and unit performance. Provides ideas, raises concerns, and promotes an environment in which everyone is treated with respect.
•Responsible for performing minor maintenance on equipment.
•Responsible for placing systems in a safe condition for maintenance work through the Safe Work Permit process, supporting maintenance activities and communicating statuses. 
•Ensure proper shift turnover by providing effective written and oral communications to the relieving shift that cover routine and non-routine issues, problems faced, unit operating conditions, etc.
•Participating in process safety improvement through MOC process, PHAs, Incident Investigations, and other activities.
•Participating in training and assisting in the training of new employees. 
•Responding to emergency situations as required.
•Applying statistical tools to enhance product quality and participating on improvement teams. 
•Startup, shutdown, isolation, and decontamination of plant equipment. 
•Understanding and complying with administrative duties for government regulations from federal and state agencies.

Required Qualifications:

•18 Years of Age with a High School diploma or GED and at least one of the following qualifiers:
•3+ years Manufacturing Operator experience; pumps, distillation, exchangers, tanks, etc
•4+ years of active military experience in a role that is technical in nature; Applicant must provide a copy of DD214 military discharge paperwork.
•Must possess or obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card prior to first day of employment
•Possess a current, valid license to operate a motor vehicle in the United States.
•Must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis without visa sponsorship (U.S. citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident)
•Possess skills, knowledge, and training related to implementation of life critical processes: LOTO, system and process openings, working at heights, hot work, confined space entry, energized electrical work.
•Basic knowledge of chemicals and their safe handling
•Knowledge of pumps, transfer system and piping diagrams
•Ability to read and understand instruments and gauges
•Good process troubleshooting/problem solving skills 
•Basic understanding of window-based programs: MS Word, MS Excel, Outlook
•Strong written and verbal communication skills 
•Well-developed teamwork and leadership skills
•Self-initiated learning 
•Time management processes and skills
•Self-initiated corrective actions/follow-through

Desired Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

•Knowledge of process, laboratory, and mechanical operations
•Knowledge of regulatory requirements (i.e. OSHA, EPA, TCEQ, RCRA)
•Knowledge of PLC / DCS systems
•Experience with safe work practices
•Experience with maintenance activities
•Experience with Emergency Response

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

•Must be willing and able to work outside, year-round under various weather conditions. Eastman is a 24-hour, 365 days per year operations.
•Must be able to work 12 hour rotating shifts (which may include nights, weekends and some holidays) and provide overtime coverage of 5am – 5pm & 5pm to 5am
•The candidate must be capable of climbing (scaffolds, towers, vessels, etc.) and working at heights.
•Able to lift/push/pull up to 50 pounds
•The ability to work in a confined space and from elevated platforms
•Able to wear appropriate protective equipment
•Required to participate in Respiratory Fit Testing Program
•Basic computer skills are a requirement for this position
•The critical competencies for this position are communication, teamwork, problem solving and decision-making, results orientation, initiative, relationship building, and technological orientation.

Eastman Team Member Commitment to Safety

At Eastman, the safety of our employees, visitors, and the communities in which we operate is a core value of our culture. We must remember that we earn the right to operate in our communities, and we always want to send our fellow team members home safely. All team members must commit to:

•Operating with a zero-incident mindset and always take time to do the job safely. Never executing an activity that does not follow procedure or cannot be done safely. 
•Stopping any process or work that is deemed unsafe.
•Following all procedures and training that have been established in designated work areas and raising concerns if there is not a way to follow procedures as currently written. 
•Following the Eastman Life Critical Processes and Basic Safety Expectations.
•Actively identifying and eliminating hazards in the workplace and watching out for the safety of co-workers. 
•Always using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as it applies to the job and specific tasks.
•Reporting all job-related injuries or illnesses and near-miss incidents in a timely manner. 


**Eastman Chemical Company does not offer relocation for this role or reimbursement for travel to and from interviews. If you consider a position that is not within the area you reside, you will be responsible for all cost that incur.

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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