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Process Design Engineer - Longview, TX
at Eastman Chemical
Longview, TX, TX

Process Design Engineer - Longview, TX
at Eastman Chemical
Longview, TX, TX

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Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2015 revenues of approximately $9.6 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world.


Position is in Process Engineering group within the Capital Program Department at the Longview Texas site. The process design engineer works with Operations / Manufacturing engineers, capital project engineers and research and development engineers in two primary areas: development of conceptual and definitive process designs for capital projects, and support of on-going plant operations. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Process simulation and HMB development for existing and new production facilities
  • Evaluation of existing processes and equipment
  • Design of new and modified equipment (distillation towers, heat exchangers, and other "fixed" equipment)
  • Development of Process and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs) defining for new and existing production facilities
  • Participation in safety reviews of existing and proposed process facilities

The process design engineer will be responsible for leading the front-end engineering (FEL) phase of capital projects, which will frequently involve coordination of efforts from various organizations and discipline engineers. The primary objectives of the process design engineer are development of safe, efficient, cost effective designs and solutions which meet business objectives.

Specific job duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Lead process design efforts during the FEL phase on capital projects for the Longview Texas plant site and for support of other worldwide Eastman facilities as required (occasional).
  • Participate in Process Hazard Analyses and offer recommendations to ensure safe, efficient designs and operations.
  • Develop or modify Heat and Material Balances and Flow Diagrams utilizing Aspen and other process simulation and design software for new and modified designs.
  • Develop process designs for process equipment including heat exchangers, reactors of various configurations and types and distillation columns, and specifications of pumps and piping
  • Work with equipment suppliers to design specialty components of process equipment such as mixers and column trays / packing
  • Conduct fluid flow hydraulic studies
  • Coordinate inputs from various groups to develop P&IDs for process changes or new facilities
  • Prepare process scope of work for use in development of cost estimates
  • Conduct engineering studies and troubleshooting of processes and unit operations to support Operations & Manufacturing 

Minimum Required Education:  Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from accredited university / college




  • Must have 5-7 years of chemical engineering experience, with preferably at least two 2 years in a process design position
  • Must have strong general Chemical Engineering skills with experience in capital project development
  • Must have a good understanding of relief systems, pressure vessels, process piping, and general process control strategies
  • Must be a team player with good communication and coordination skills
  • Must be dedicated to safety in design as highest priority
  • Must have good problem solving skills and design creativity
  • Must have demonstrated excellent communication capabilities associated with cross-functional teams
  • Must have good problem solving skills to analyze process data, understand equipment operations and determine root causes of failures
  • Experience with the following software would be an advantage:
    • ASPEN
    • FRI
    • HTRI
    • AFT Fathom
    • EXCEL

Experience as a lead process engineer on capital projects is desired

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.

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