Komatsu Australia has moved into the vocational educational field, offering a range of high-level technical, operator and management courses throughout Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia.
It has established Komatsu Training Academy (KTA), a nationally registered training organisation, to deliver vocational educational courses through what is one of the most advanced technical training facilities in the region.
KTA’s national business manager is Janine Temple who has more than 17 years’ experience in training and management development roles at leading industry associations, including the Australian Mines and Metals Association, Civil Contractors Federation and Housing Industry Association.
KTA is headquartered at the Komatsu Technical Education Centre (KTEC) in Brisbane, which has become the company’s primary training centre for operators and technicians in the region.
KTEC is one of the region’s most advanced technical training facilities for a wide range of equipment, providing training not only for mining, earthmoving and utility products, but also equipment used by other industries, such as transport, warehousing and logistics.
According to Janine Temple, KTA has been specifically developed to deliver nationally recognised and customised training where customers need it. This includes training online, on-site, at customers’ premises or at the company’s dedicated facilities in Brisbane and other centres.
“Our course offerings include a mix of fully accredited, nationally recognised courses and modules, along with purpose-designed training developed to meet customers’ specific needs.
“Through our team of specialist industry-qualified trainers, we can deliver a broad range of customisable courses, including leadership and management training, operator proficiency development, and specialised technical training and skills development,” she said
In the field of operator and technical training, she said a major focus of KTA’s courses would be moving beyond basic competency training, and into more advanced proficiency development.
“All too often today, training is merely focused on churning out numbers of trainees. In contrast, at KTA, we are focusing on what is really needed - upskilling for increased production, improved fuel efficiency, reduced wear and tear, lower operating costs, better preventive maintenance, and greater safety.
“There is a major difference between a key technician or operator who is merely competent, compared with one who is truly proficient at their job – and these differences can translate into significant benefits to a company’s bottom line.
“This philosophy is very much in line with Komatsu’s total machine management approach, harnessing our information communications technology (ICT) and intelligent machine systems to drive productivity and reliability improvements, and reduce operating costs.
“An important element of this is having highly skilled operators and technicians who fully understand the machines and the technology behind them, allowing them to take full advantage of these developments,” said Janine Temple.
While KTA will be able to deliver its training and educational programs through its branches across Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, as well as at customer worksites and facilities, the hub of its operations will be its KTEC headquarters.
Courses available through KTA cover a variety of mining, construction and utility machine types, including backhoe/loaders, dozers, crushers, dump trucks, excavators (conventional and hybrid), graders and wheel loaders, as well as general systems and technologies.