Mining, Construction, and Utilities giant Komatsu has begun its biggest ever recruiting drive to employ technicians across New Zealand, Australia and New Caledonia.
They will join more than 3000 people already working for Komatsu.
The highly structured campaign, thought to be the most targeted ever in the industry, is intended to identify and provide opportunity for highly capable technicians who want to be part of the machinery sector and take advantage of global opportunities in the future.
It is being conducted in regional areas to overcome industry negatives of family dislocation and concerns about job longevity which are traditionally associated with FIFO operations.
Suitably qualified recruits are being offered careers close to their homes in a purposeful drive to achieve a satisfying work-life balance.
The campaign comes on the back of a rapid upturn in construction, utilities and mining after a period in which the industry had been left with a skills shortage, especially amongst the next generation of technicians.
Komatsu has identified related industries such as the military, marine and aeronautic sectors as well as the passenger vehicle, and light and heavy commercial vehicle markets as catchment areas for potential candidates.
We intend to create a truly inclusive and diverse workforce which will collectively work towards creating new and innovative ideas that’s sustains our Komatsu into the future. We know our industry needs to be more receptive of this and in particular increasing our female workforce is a key part of our diversity and business growth strategy.
The company runs an in-house Training Academy spanning a multitude of applications, including new high technology machinery and business programs.
Its GPS based Komtrax system, SMARTCONSTRUCTION programs and aspects of its Information Communications Technology (ICT) protocols have achieved industry leading standards in technology- based solutions.
“The days of a machinery technicians being reliant on a spanner and mechanical tools are passing us by for a more innovative technology future,” Colin Shaw, Executive GM People and Strategy said.
“Mobile technology is the new tool of choice for trouble shooting diagnosis and improving the productivity of our intelligent machines.”
Part of the recruitment drive is based on providing applicants with upskilling opportunities which can turn jobs into life-long careers, Shaw said.
“Skills gained in the Komatsu system are valued in the open market and are transferable to other occupations, although it is our intention not to lose people we’ve trained.”
According to Komatsu internal polling the company tests highly as an employer of choice amongst its current employees and those seeking to join.
“Family values and a culture of inclusion have become a hallmark of Komatsu employment,“ Shaw said.
Initial recruits have been both successful and unusual.
Alex Henley-Baker, 25, a qualified jeweler has made a complete career switch to become a first year Komatsu electrical apprentice.
“Electrical engineering has become the future of all industry, “she said.
“A Komatsu qualification allows me to go anywhere in the world, most likely with the same company.”