Mining, Energy & Resources

Our purpose is to create value through manufacturing and technology innovation to empower a sustainable future where people, businesses and our planet thrive together.

Komatsu was founded in 1921 by Meitaro Takeuchi in Komatsu City, Japan, with the goal of supporting the local community after the closure of a nearby copper mine.

Over the past century, Komatsu has remained true to its founding principles of prioritizing quality, driving innovation in technology and manufacturing, expanding its global reach, and developing its people.

Komatsu is committed to providing innovative, productive, cost-effective, and reliable equipment, along with the service and technical systems necessary to ensure the industry’s highest levels of product support.

Komatsu’s purpose combines its mission and vision, honouring the company’s legacy while looking toward the future. In its next 100 years, Komatsu will focus on supporting the mining, construction, forestry, industrial machinery, and agriculture industries in their transformations to the digital workplace of the future.

With the largest factory-owned branch network in Australia, Komatsu will provide you with unrivalled access to stock, parts, expertise and endless career opportunities both nationally and internationally.

Komatsu Apprenticeship Program

Komatsu’s Apprentice Development System (ADS) is a highly innovative and comprehensive approach to apprenticeship training that has set new national standards in the industry. The program has benefited over 792 apprentices and trainees since its inception in 2009 and has earned widespread recognition and accolades, including the Gold Award for employing Australian Apprentices at the 2023 Australian Training Awards, 2022 Winner NSW Large Employer of the Year, Silver for 2022 Large Employer of the Year, and Silver for employing Australian Apprentices at the National Training Awards.

The program covers a wide range of areas, including mental health awareness, public speaking, road safety and fatigue management, drug and alcohol awareness, and various business skill sets. In addition to the comprehensive training provided through the ADS program, Komatsu has developed a structured training program to enhance the skills and knowledge of its apprentices.

The ADS system involves roughly 12 weeks of structured training per year, including three weeks of internal ADS training (two weeks technical, one week safety or business skills), eight weeks of TAFE/accredited training, and one week for inductions. To ensure that apprentices remain up-to-date with their training needs, they are required to participate in on-the-job and external training and submit monthly progress reports, which are signed by their immediate supervisors and submitted to their Technical Capability Manager.

Komatsu’s commitment to the training and development of its apprentices is evident through the program’s comprehensive approach to training and development. Third year Apprentices start to engage in career conversations and outline areas that they find of interest and where they would like to direct their career. This discussions then shape the

Overall, Komatsu’s ADS program is a trailblazer in the industry, setting new standards for apprenticeship training. With its commitment to developing well-rounded and successful apprentices and trainees, the program is equipping its apprentices with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in their careers and beyond.


Hear from our Apprentices

Sophie O’Doherty

21 yrs old, 4th Year Apprentice Automotive Electrician

Location- Perth, Western Australia

Why did you start your apprenticeship with Komatsu?

I wanted to do something different and thought electrics would be an interesting career path. I did a pre apprenticeship during school and loved it, so I decided to apply to Komatsu and was lucky enough to get the job.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the hands-on aspect of the job the most, I love being able to complete a machine build start to finish and have the satisfaction of seeing it leave the workshop working again.

Why would you recommend this apprenticeship to another person?

I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone who enjoys critical thinking and looking for a hands-on career. The ability to be able to learn while earning money is a great privilege of doing a trade.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I enjoy snorkelling and fishing and going out to eat on my days off.

What would you say to someone considering an Apprenticeship?

Don’t be afraid to give it a shot there is a huge amount of support within Komatsu that will help see you through to the end of your apprenticeship and even beyond that.

Megan Allen

38yrs old, 4th Year Apprentice Plant Mechanic

Location – Auckland, New Zealand

Why did you start your apprenticeship with Komatsu?

Komatsu first stood out for me because they don’t discriminate against age or gender. If anything they welcome inclusion and diversity. At the time I was 34 and thought I might be too old to start an apprenticeship but Komatsu were keen to take me on.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love being able to learn new skills every day. Everything from how to use tools, to how to fix a hydraulic or electrical fault. Most of my days are never the same.

Why would you recommend this apprenticeship for another person?

The technical skills I’ve learnt have been life-changing. The apprenticeship offers an all-round learning experience. You learn about the entire machine not just certain aspects of it. Engine, hydraulics and electrical as well as a business management course that helps you understand how an international company like Komatsu operates.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

In my spare time, you’ll find me at the gym, spending time with family, reading and gaming.

What would you say to someone considering an Apprenticeship?

Don’t be afraid to give it a shot there is a huge amount of support within Komatsu that will help see you through to the end of your apprenticeship and even beyond that.


Barclay Wilkinson

19yrs old, 2nd Year Apprentice Electrician

Location – Perth, Western Australia

Why did you start your apprenticeship with Komatsu?

I started my apprenticeship at Komatsu as my dad said they were a great company and it would be a career job.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the workplace environment the most, everyone is happy to help and all work together.

Why would you recommend this apprenticeship for another person?

I would recommend this job as it is a friendly environment and very fulfilling and enjoyable to work at, as well as having top notch facilities.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Outside of work I restore cars, mainly old Falcons.


Chloe Reynolds

27yrs old, 3rd Year Apprentice Plant Mechanic

Location – Mt Thorley, New South Wales

Why did you start your apprenticeship with Komatsu?

I started my journey with Komatsu as I heard through people that their apprenticeship program was outstanding. When I did some research, Komatsu’s key values really stuck out to me in regards to looking after the team, wanting us to exceed and be the best versions of ourselves we can whilst undertaking excellent training and having great support.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The people, my team, are always willing to lend a helping hand and to support me throughout my apprenticeship. The technical side of our work keeps you interested and wanting to expand your knowledge. There are endless amounts of opportunities to learn and opportunities to grow within the business.

Why would you recommend this apprenticeship for another person?

The support I have had so far has been unmatched. To come from a previous career path that had very little support, it has been refreshing to come into such a great company that generally cares about there workers and has your best interest at heart.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I have just recently started motorbike riding on weekends, I’m not very good at the moment but practice makes perfect! Also spending time with my family and loved ones, enjoying a bit of me time or studying to better myself!

Jyden Brewer-Shearman

21yrs old, 4th Year Apprentice Plant Mechanic

Location – Perth, Western Australia

Why did you start your apprenticeship with Komatsu?

I chose Komatsu for my Apprenticeship because I could see they were serious about the safety of their employees, which was important in this field of work. The safety standards are consistently a priority throughout the site and in our briefings. Our reputation in the mining industry makes me proud to work at Komatsu, particularly with the support we get with our TAFE studies, and we have access to state of the art facilities, tools and equipment. My leadership team support me in my long-term goals and career pathway, helping me to keep engaged and tap into opportunities which may interest me.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Komatsu has a great workplace culture and community. There is a sense of pride and comradery from the team. I enjoy coming to work each day and learning new tasks that help me develop into a qualified mechanic. The Social aspects of things at Komatsu are amazing, whether it’s a “Go-Karting” team building day or just a BBQ with everyone for lunch, Komatsu is always focused on bringing everyone together to create some life lasting friendships and memories.

Why would you recommend this apprenticeship for another person?

I’d recommend this apprenticeship because it enables you to work within an industry that will see you through life. There’s endless possibilities and opportunities with Komatsu. Komatsu are industry leaders which means their future planning includes us. We are ahead of the game and privileged to opportunities and training as they are unfolding globally. You never know where you’re going to end up or what you’re going to be doing in/around the company.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I enjoy spending my 3-day weekends hooking the jet ski up to the 4WD and taking off camping around the southwest region exploring new hidden special spots with my mates.

Tammy Warrilow

19yrs old, 2nd Year Apprentice Automotive Electrician

Location – Mackay, Queensland

Why did you start your apprenticeship with Komatsu?

I started my apprenticeship with Komatsu because the company sets you up for success. They will do anything in their power to make sure you finish your apprenticeship and become a fully qualified tradesperson. Komatsu’s people are also a big reason why I chose this company. Every employee I’ve met before have had nothing but positive things to say about the company and the people.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

After working for the company for just over a month I love the atmosphere, everyone’s having fun but they’re working, I love how the trade itself makes you think. Not every machine has the correct schematics so it makes you think and make decisions.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, especially outdoors. Whether I’m fishing with dad or at the beach reading with mum or watching a movie with my friends. If I’m surrounded by the people I love I’m having a good time. Outside of that time, I love to read. I’m a massive bookworm and I thank my mum for that. I love to fish, land or sea, and I love taking my dog to the beach or for a walk.

What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship?

Starting an apprenticeship with Komatsu was the best decision I have made in my adult life. I know I won’t regret it and I can’t wait to progress through the company.

Emily Whittingham

28yrs old, 2nd Year Apprentice Parts Interpreter / Customer Service Representative

Location – Gladstone, Queensland


When I saw the apprenticeship role with Komatsu, I knew it was going to be a great opportunity to gain valuable knowledge with a reputable company that was going to be able to support me through my career and personal development. Komatsu stood out to me through their values and drive to be the best within the industry. After changing my career at 27 I was nervous to start over again but Komatsu and its people have offered endless support for me to achieve my best. I’m looking forward to further develop myself and my career within Komatsu.


I enjoy problem solving and the satisfaction of helping a customer to get their machine back up and running. I look forward to coming into work and seeing what my day has instore for me as everyday is different. Everyday you are learning something new.


The skills and experience I have gained from this apprenticeship has been unlike anything I could have imagined. The company really offers every opportunity to achieve and strive to do and be the best version of yourself. I’d highly recommend this apprenticeship for anyone wanting to get into the industry or wishing to gain more experience and exposure to the industry.


I enjoy relaxing by the beach reading a book; taking the dog for a walk; fishing and camping. I love travelling and will take any opportunity of experience something new or going somewhere I’ve never been.


Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and give it ago. There is incredible support and opportunities to gain by completing an apprenticeship with Komatsu. You gain exposure to many different people and careers. There are endless opportunities to ‘taste test’ different roles and pathways. You’ll meet many different people who will guide you through your career and help you to get to where you want to be. The opportunities are honestly endless.

Komatsu Industry Partners

Komatsu has established relationships with local businesses and community groups to build a network of support and ensure the highest quality training and education for its apprentices.

STEMPunks – STEM Innovation program introduces students to autonomous systems and robotics, while developing skills in coding, sensors, and wireless communication.

Clinical Psychologists / Healthy Heads – Komatsu is committed to providing mental health support to its apprentices, including access to a clinical psychologist and monthly sessions.

Clontarf – Komatsu supports the Clontarf Foundation, providing education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem, and employment prospects to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.

Beacon Foundation – Komatsu is partnering with the Beacon Foundation to create the Komatsu Student Technology Education Program (Komatsu STEP), an innovative program that bridges the gap between students, technology, and employers.

Work 180 – In 2022 Komatsu was endorsed by Work180 as an employer for all women. Work180’s purpose is to raise global workforce standards and for employers to do better while empowering women to expect better and in 2021 only 50% of employers who applied for endorsement were successful.

Komatsu Training Academy

Our Apprentice Program is managed through our Komatsu Training Academy (KTA). As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), KTA adheres to strict quality standards to ensure that our training programs meet the highest industry standards.

KTA also boast two purpose-built education centres – located in Brisbane and Perth. Our facilities offer a highly interactive and technologically advanced learning environments, with spacious classrooms and state-of-the-art equipment. Additionally, our workshop labs are specifically designed to deliver hands-on training for mining and construction class machines, ensuring that students gain practical skills and experience. Our training facilities also incorporate a number of simulators, providing the ability for novice trainees to safely learn on a range of machines – from a small utility machine, right up to an ultra-class mining machine.

Our innovative and futuristic training facilities assist with delivering a platinum level of training, helping to create career development opportunities for current and future generations.

Komatsu Apprenticeship Streams

Plant Mechanic – AUR31220 Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology

As an Apprentice Plant Mechanic, you will be trained in using a variety of tools and techniques to diagnose faults in machinery and develop efficient repair solutions to reduce downtime and meet maintenance schedules. Your training will encompass a range of skills, including the ability to repair and replace electrical and electronic circuit systems, carry out regular maintenance inspections, diagnose and repair engines and engine components, repair mobile plant braking systems, hydraulic fluid power systems, transmissions, drive assemblies, tracked type drive and support systems, and other essential components. By gaining proficiency in these essential skills, you will become a highly skilled plant mechanic capable of ensuring that machinery runs smoothly, reducing costs, and increasing efficiency.

Electrician – UEE30820 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

As an Apprentice Electrician, your work will involve dealing with high-voltage electrical systems on a variety of equipment. You will need to diagnose and repair these systems, perform routine maintenance inspections, and overhaul electric wheel motors and alternators as needed. This may include replacing major components such as engines, alternators, capacitors, and wheel motors, as well as main electric cables or cable terminals. You may also have the opportunity to work on our Hybrid excavator technology. This work will be done across a range of equipment, including Electric Drive Dump Trucks, Wheel Loaders, Rope Shovels, and more.

Mechanical Fitter – MEM30219 Certificate III in Engineering Mechanical Trade

As an Apprentice Mechanical Fitter, you will be taught how to use various tools and engineering techniques to repair and maintain both underground and surface mechanical and hydraulic mobile plant equipment, as well as stationary machinery. You will need to work to the manufacturers’ repair standards and use precision measuring instruments to ensure that parts are accurate and fit within their specifications.

Electrical Fitter – UEE33020 Certificate III in Electrical Fitting

As an Apprentice Electrical Fitter, you will receive extensive training to prepare you for assembling, fitting, and repairing electrical plants and machinery. This comprehensive training program covers a broad range of topics, including electrical wiring work and electrical safety. You will learn how to fabricate and assemble components, troubleshoot and solve problems along AC and DC circuits, work with single and three -phase low-voltage machines, terminate cables and cords, and connect electrical control circuits. By the end of the training program, you will have the knowledge and skills required to work safely and effectively as an Electrical Fitter.

Automotive Electrician – AUR30320 Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

As an Apprentice Automotive Electrician, you will play a crucial role in the installation and maintenance of electrical components in a wide range of earthmoving machinery and mining equipment. Your duties may include working on systems that range from 12V to 24V, testing alternators, starter motors, and other electrical components, as well as electronic ignition and air conditioning systems. In this role, you will be responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing electrical wiring and electronic components, dismantling, and removing electrical components, adjusting engine control systems, and repairing or replacing faulty ignitions and wiring.

Boilermaker – MEM31922 Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade

As an Apprentice Boilermaker, you will learn how to construct, assemble, maintain, and repair major and minor frame housing and chassis used in mobile and stationary plant and equipment. This involves aligning structures, frames, or plate sections to assemble equipment according to manufacturers’ blueprints and drawings, using a variety of hand, welding, and power tools. You will also gain expertise in welding techniques and the use of heat, pressure, and cutting tools to shape and join metal parts, as well as performing quality checks to ensure the finished product meets industry standards.

Parts Interpreter / Customer Service Representative – AUR31020 Certificate III in Automotive Sales

An apprenticeship in parts interpreting can lead to a variety of career opportunities for those interested in IT/Windows -based programs and motor vehicle parts, with strong communication and sales skills. Automotive Parts Interpreters are responsible for selling automotive spares, replacement parts, and accessories across different industries such as Earthmoving, Construction, Mining, Agriculture, and Forestry. The parts can range from air and oil filters to entire engine and transmission assemblies, as well as hydraulic components.

Frequently Asked Questions – Apprenticeships

How long is the apprenticeship?

All automotive engineering apprenticeship programs are a structured training arrangement that will run over a four year period which involves formal training from a Registered Training Organisation with workplace-based training, access to Komatsu specific training programs, the choice to work across Australia or New Zealand and get paid whilst you’re learning.

The Automotive Sales Apprenticeship consists of a three-year structured training arrangement for apprentices within NSW/VIC/QLD jurisdictions whilst the Automotive Sale Traineeship offered in Western Australia is run over two years.

Will I have to buy my own uniforms and tooling?

No, Komatsu will arrange all your uniforms and tooling.

Will I get to go to site?

Dependent on your location however most likely yes. It is common to work onsite during your 4th year.

What does a Komatsu Apprenticeship Include?
  • Direct local recruitment, testing and system management
  • Intensive induction consisting of Foundation Electrical and Hydraulics, Basic Hand Skills, HSE and Business focused programs
  • Fixed term rotational assignments with clear processes and methods
  • Structure Learning and Experience Plans (LEP’s) for each assignment
  • On-the-job Competency Assessment to specified national Komatsu standards
  • Detailed record keeping by apprentices of their work experience via the Learning and Experience Record (LER)
  • Nationally Recognised Qualification
  • Continuous measurement of progress via LEP’s
  • Dedicated Safety training to address high risk environments within the workplace
  • Ongoing Technical and Non-technical skills development through customised internal technical training
  • Career planning and pathways
What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?
  • A nationally recognized trade certificate in your chosen career field.
  • Credits towards a Certificate IV in Business, in addition to your trade qualification.
  • Hands-on training with cutting-edge tools and technology.
  • Access to Komatsu-specific training programs.
  • Permanent employment, which comes with a full range of employee benefits.
  • Guidance on career planning and potential pathways for advancement.
  • Compensation for your work and learning.

How to apply for a Komatsu Apprenticeship

How do I apply?

Applications for the Komatsu 2025 Apprenticeship program will open in July 2024. Please refer to our website for more information.

What documentation will I need to submit an online application?
To submit your online application you will be requested to upload the following:
• Resume
• Cover letter
• A copy of your most recent school results, TAFE or University results, or evidence of work-related training (mature age candidates)

What happens after I have applied online?

If your application is successful you can expect to complete the following tasks throughout the recruitment process:

Step 1: Apply online by uploading your resume, school results, conduct a short video interview and questionnaire

Step 2: If deemed successful, you will be invited to complete a few game-based assessments

Step 3: Successful applicants will be invited to attend an Engagement Centre or for remote regions a face-to-face interview at your local branch

Step 4: Shortlisted applicants will then be required to conduct a medical assessment, drug and alcohol screen, functional assessment and reference checks.

Step 5: Successful applicants will receive a conditional offer prior to proceeding to the onboarding stage.

What Apprenticeships will be on offer in 2025?

Specific Trades and locations have not yet been released. Please refer to our website for more information as it becomes available.

Can I apply for more than one apprenticeship?

No. Unfortunately you will only be able to apply for one apprenticeship stream in one location.

Who is eligible for an apprenticeship?

To be eligible to commence the apprenticeship program, you must be a minimum of 16 years old at the time of commencement as well as hold Australian working rights. If you are under 18 years old and under the care or control of a parent or guardian, when commencing the apprenticeship program, you will require parental signed consent.

How to find out more information?

The Apprentice Program page on our website has all the most up to date information for the Komatsu Apprenticeship Program. All proposed events, timelines, tips and recommendations will be found on this page.
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Inclusion and Diversity

At Komatsu Australia, we are committed to creating a workplace culture that values and respects the contributions of every individual and the collective organisation.

To achieve this goal, we recognise the need for a sustainable improvement in the inclusion of women, first nations people, and minority groups in leadership positions and on the frontline. Our inclusion and diversity roadmap aims to foster an environment where everyone feels included, respected, and valued, regardless of their background or identity. To achieve this, we will set clear goals and targets, develop accountability mechanisms, and promote a culture of inclusivity that celebrates diversity and promotes equitable opportunities for all. We believe that by embracing diversity and promoting inclusion, we can build a stronger, more innovative, and more resilient organization that reflects the communities we serve.

‘Say Again?’

Komatsu is committed to building an inclusive workplace that values diversity and promotes respectful behaviour. Our internal initiative, called ‘Say Again?’, reinforces this focus by providing a platform for open and constructive conversations that can lead to positive change. Designed to address inappropriate or unconscious comments and behaviour, ‘Say Again?’ encourages individuals to call out such behaviour without being confrontational. This initiative provides an opportunity for every member of the Komatsu network to contribute to a more inclusive culture by challenging harmful behaviours and promoting respect for all. We believe that by embracing this initiative, we can continue to build a workplace culture that values diversity, encourages inclusivity, and fosters collaboration and innovation.

Work 180 Endorsement

We at Komatsu take pride in being endorsed by WORK180, an organization that promotes standards aimed at empowering women in the workplace.
Trusted by millions of women globally, WORK180’s endorsement is a symbol of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As an endorsed employer, we are accountable to these standards, and we continuously strive to meet and exceed them. We believe that diversity and inclusion are essential components of our company culture and are critical to our success. We are dedicated to creating a workplace where all employees feel valued, respected, and supported, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or background. We will continue to work with organizations such as WORK180 to promote gender equality and advance the cause of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

First Nations People

Komatsu Australia has been partnering with the Clontarf Foundation since 2019 to support the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem, and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women.

This partnership aims to equip them to participate more meaningfully in society.

To strengthen our relationship with Clontarf, we have expanded our support to a national level. We are committed to sharing job advertisements and attending all Clontarf events throughout the year. Moreover, we are working closely with Clontarf on our apprenticeship program to increase the 4% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation rate.

Our commitment to supporting Indigenous communities goes beyond employing Indigenous people in our organization. We want to contribute to Indigenous community programs that help Indigenous people achieve their vocational dreams and support Indigenous entrepreneurs in starting their new ventures. We are willing to invest in these programs without expecting direct benefits, but instead, we measure how our investment is benefiting the communities, organizations, and education institutions we invest in. By doing so, we aim to make a meaningful and lasting impact in the lives of Indigenous people and their communities.


Komatsu has been a proud partner of the Beacon Foundation for over 15 years, working towards supporting young people to make a successful transition from education to meaningful employment. Our partnership with Beacon Foundation since 2008 has been highly productive, and we have supported their initiatives through financial sponsorship, attendance at career expos and events, safety education, site tours, exhibits of machines at local schools, work experience opportunities, and employment of apprentices and trainees.
Recently, we have expanded our partnership with the Beacon Foundation to include Komatsu’s Student Technology Education Program (STEP). This initiative aims to bring together STEMPunks and local Beacon schools to expose young people to opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We believe that this program will help young people to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in a rapidly changing technological landscape.
At Komatsu, we are committed to investing in the future of our communities, and we see our partnership with the Beacon Foundation as a key part of this. Through our continued support, we aim to help young people to develop the skills and confidence they need to achieve their potential and contribute meaningfully to society.

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