Komatsu opens Training Academy

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Komatsu is moving into education by offering a range of technical, operator and management courses.

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Komatsu Australia has introduced the Komatsu Training Academy (KTA), a nationally recognised training organisation, to deliver vocational and training courses.

KTA will be based at the Komatsu Technical Education Centre (KTEC) in Brisbane. Established in 2013, KTEC has been Komatsu’s primary training centre for its service technicians.

Komatsu says KTEC is one of the region’s most advanced technical training facilities and covers a wide range of machinery sectors. Apart from training for mining, earthmoving and utility machines KTEC also covers equipment used in other industries such as transport, warehousing and logistics.

Located on more than 3 hectares of land, KTEC has more than 2600 square metres of dedicated training facilities, including seven classrooms, seven technical/electrical laboratories and a large machine operator’s workshop.

Courses are also offered online where possible, or Komatsu can deliver training at the customer’s premises.

"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," KTA national business manager Janine Temple says.

"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."

A major focus of Komatsu’s technical programs is to move beyond basic competency training and into more advanced proficiency development.

"All too often today, training is merely focused on churning out numbers of trainees," Temple says.

"In contrast, at KTA we are focusing on what is really needed: up-skilling 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."


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