The campaign is intended to identify and provide opportunities for highly capable technicians who want to be part of the machinery sector.
Komatsu said 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. Accordingly, 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 an upturn in construction, utilities and mining after a period in which the industries had been left with a skills shortage, especially among 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.
The company runs an in-house Training Academy spanning a multitude of applications, including new high technology machinery and business programmes.
"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 troubleshooting 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."
The new recruits will join more than 3,000 people already working for Komatsu.