22 Mar, 2024

Process Engineer

  • Eastman
  • Pace, FL, USA
Process Engineer Chemicals

Job Description

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 2023 revenue of approximately $9.2 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.



The Process Engineer at the Pace site is a hands-on role expected to spend time in the plant as well as the office, providing plant support and implementing projects driven by personal safety, process safety, environmental compliance, quality, reliability, growth & /or cost reduction.


Responsibilities include:

  • Partner with Operations & Maintenance personnel to address and troubleshoot operational issues 
  • Develop and execute $25K to $5MM capital projects (includes developing scope, conducting project safety reviews, generating cost estimates, serving as project manager when funds are approved, etc).  Develop all conceptual design, basic engineering and process-related input for detailed engineering deliverables.  Interface with contract project engineering personnel if needed.  Projects may address process safety improvement or improvements to process, utilities &/or plant infrastructure.
  • Lead and participate in process hazard reviews, LOPA analysis and plant safety assessments
  • Execute and close PHA & LOPA recommendations
  • Identify productivity improvement projects by analyzing production data, performing process heat and material balances, modelling and simulating the process, pinch analyses and other quantification methods
  • Propose production tests to collect data for productivity improvement projects.  Evaluate the results of production tests. Utilize design of experiment methodology where applicable.
  • Monitor and continually optimize process operation; provide guidance to operations personnel to ensure that key energy consumption, yield, selectivity and production targets are met.
  • Generate Management of Change (MOC) documents to address plant issues as required; complete engineering aspects of MOC documentation
  • Follow new technology developments and evaluate opportunities to implement in existing units
  • Cooperate with new business development activities to estimate the capital expenditure needs for implementing business growth plans
  • Participate in plant safety audits and routine safety improvement activities


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering
  • 3+ years’ experience in chemical/petrochemical industry or related industry, in either Engineering or Operations roles
  • Strong process understanding and troubleshooting skills
  • Knowledge of heat exchanger design, simulation and rating a plus
  • Relief device sizing, specification and selection a plus
  • Strong background in computer applications such as Word, Excel, Power Point and ASPEN+ modeling software.  Working knowledge of SAP.  Experience with PI Process Books/PI Vision a plus.
  • Working knowledge of HAZOP and LOPA methodology.  Trained facilitator credentials are a plus.
  • Commitment to high level of safety and environmental awareness




  • Self-starter and self-motivator with a focus on results
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Exhibit good leadership attitudes and behaviors
  • Excellent written, listening and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build trusting relationship with Operations and Maintenance employees
  • Flexibility to occasionally work extended hours during weekdays; willing and able to respond to call outs in evenings, weekends and holidays on a non-routine basis.


Physical Demands

  • Must be able to lift 20 lbs
  • Climbing stairs, driving, sitting, standing, walking, bending and stooping is required
  • Must be able to wear personal protective equipment, including the use of a respirator
  • Must be able to respond to visual and audible alarms


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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