Mining, Energy & Resources

At Komatsu, we are dedicated to creating value through manufacturing and technology innovation to promote a sustainable future where people, businesses, and our planet can thrive together.

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

Today, we remain true to our founding principles of prioritizing quality, driving innovation in technology and manufacturing, expanding our global reach, and developing our people. Our commitment to providing innovative, productive, cost-effective, and reliable equipment is paired with a service and technical support system that ensures the industry’s highest levels of product support.

Komatsu’s purpose combines our mission and vision, honouring our legacy while looking towards the future. In the next 100 years, we are focusing on supporting the mining, construction, forestry, industrial machinery, and agriculture industries in their transformations to the digital workplace of the future.

Since 1991, Komatsu New Zealand has been a part of our global network, with headquarters in Auckland and multiple locations throughout the country. We are proud to continue supporting our customers in New Zealand with the same level of quality and innovation that Komatsu is known for worldwide.

Komatsu Apprenticeship Program

Komatsu’s Apprentice Development System (ADS) is an innovative and comprehensive approach to apprenticeship training that has set new national standards in the industry. Since its inception as a trial program in Australia in 2009, the ADS program has expanded and began serving the New Zealand business since 2017, 36 apprentices participating in the program to date.

The ADS program has proven to be successful in preparing apprentices for the industry, with customer-facing individuals trained under the program approximately one year ahead of conventionally trained apprentices. This achievement can be attributed to the program’s commitment to providing apprentices with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in their careers, including technical skills development and life skills necessary for personal growth and success.

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. Komatsu has also developed a structured training program to enhance the skills and knowledge of its apprentices, in addition to the comprehensive training provided through the ADS program.

The ADS system requires approximately three weeks of structured training per year, comprising two weeks of technical training and one week of safety or business skills training, all conducted internally. In addition, participants are required to complete MITO online learning and fulfill workplace learning requirements.

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. Fourth-year apprentices receive exposure to career development and planning, where they can establish a well-defined plan in cooperation with their managers outlining their professional aspirations and how to achieve them.

Overall, Komatsu’s ADS program sets new standards for apprenticeship training, equipping its apprentices with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in their careers and beyond. By investing in the training and development of its apprentices and trainees, Komatsu is paving the way for a successful and sustainable future for the industry.

Hear from our Apprentices

Alex Campbell

31yrs old, 4th Year Heavy Diesel Technician

Location – Christchurch NZ

Why did you start your apprenticeship with Komatsu?

Former Marine Engineer from Fiji that had to retrain for New Zealand certification (SIT) and Komatsu offered me the apprenticeship straight out of polytech. I liked the look of Komatsu and the benefits while studying as a apprentice.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Everything, being out in the field, getting to see different places, the travel. Much more hands on study then other courses you have done. Learnt a lot from all the different mentors in different locations, different ways of doing the job. When I had my baby, they really looked after me and my family were really flexible so took off the stress being a new father.

Why would you recommend an Apprenticeship with Komatsu?

A great company to work for, learn a lot from being on all different types of machines, staff are great and learn heaps from everyone and heaps of material. Got to travel to Australia every year and the training is nonstop.

Jeshua Blockley

20yrs old, 3rd Year Heavy Diesel Technician

Location – Auckland NZ

Why did you start your apprenticeship with Komatsu?

I did a lot of work experience in the industry and I reached out to Komatsu and did work experience for a year with them in Whangarei, and then applied for the apprenticeship program . I joined as their reputation in the industry was of a high standard.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Each day is different with different challenges and great learning from a various people so we pick new and different learnings along the way. We get to travel throughout New Zealand at different branches and customer locations and get to work on wide range of machinery.

 Why would you recommend an Apprenticeship with Komatsu?

There is a fine team in the workshop that you get to learn off every day.  The ability to travel throughout NZ and AU while learning and being able to work towards being trade certified  through a global company. Good if you are switched on and can work flexible hours and locations.

Megan Allen

37yrs old, 3rd Year Heavy Diesel Technician

Location – Auckland NZ

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 an Apprenticeship with Komatsu?

The Komatsu apprenticeship provides life-changing technical skills through a comprehensive learning experience. You’ll gain knowledge on the entire machine, including the engine, hydraulics, and electrical components. Plus, a business management course will teach you about how Komatsu operates.

Alexander Green

21yrs old, 2nd Year Heavy Diesel Technician

Location – Auckland NZ

Why did you start your apprenticeship with Komatsu?

I was a fleet manager at my old job, and it got boring doing the same thing every day. I saw that Komatsu had an apprenticeship program and I really liked the hands-on aspect of the training. When we had an open day at Komatsu I liked the look of the facilities and the team was very friendly and accommodating

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the hands-on training, the ability to travel to different customer locations, and the wide variety of workshop and field work exposure. The travel to the AU Apprentice training facility was awesome to see and the trainers were really knowledgeable

Why would you recommend an Apprenticeship with Komatsu?

The Komatsu training within the industry is definitely a cut above the rest, the theory through MITO to the extra training that Komatsu provides in pumps, hydraulic systems, engines, and components and even a business management certificate. No other company offers that sort of extra training.

Cajun Butler

18yrs old, 2nd Year Heavy Diesel Technician

Location – Hamilton, NZ

Why did you start your apprenticeship with Komatsu?

I have always enjoyed tinkering with all types of machinery. Komatsu leading in the earthmoving industry and having a strong reputation lead me wanting to apply for an Heavy Diesel Technician apprenticeship.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Being surrounded by a supportive knowledgeable team and the fact that no two days are the same, every day is a new challenge!

Why would you recommend an Apprenticeship with Komatsu?

Komatsu values diversity and inclusion and is committed to creating a safe and supportive work environment for all employees. This would provide an apprentice with a positive and enjoyable workplace.

Qualification being offered

Heavy Diesel Mechanic

Certificate in Heavy Automotive Engineering – Plant and Equipment (Level 3-4)

Heavy Diesel mechanics are skilled professionals who specialize in repairing and maintaining heavy machinery used in various industries such as construction, agriculture, and mining. They possess a diverse skill set and utilize a range of tools and techniques to diagnose faults in machinery, carry out regular maintenance inspections, and repair or replace defective components. This includes expertise in repairing and replacing electrical and electronic circuit systems, diagnosing and repairing engines and engine components, repairing mobile plant braking systems, hydraulic fluid power systems, transmissions, drive assemblies, and tracked type drive and support systems. By ensuring that machinery is operating efficiently and effectively, Heavy Diesel mechanics minimize downtime and meet maintenance schedules to keep businesses running smoothly.

Komatsu and nib Blues Partnership

Komatsu New Zealand is proud to partner with the nib Blues Women’s team.

Komatsu employs more than 4,000 people in Australasia and is at the forefront of its industry in actively pursuing a policy of redressing gender and cultural imbalance.

The company’s partnership opens opportunities for the nib Blues to access best-practice advice from throughout the world, while providing Komatsu with a ‘team of high achieving role models’ to inspire its Apprenticeship Development System.

“All companies in our sector are currently battling for fresh talent and yet so many are still only drawing from 50 percent of the population,” Komatsu chief executive Phil Pritchard said.

“We have achieved close to a 20 percent female intake and once we get rolling, it will be easier to get to 30 percent and even 50 percent in time.”

Technical innovation is making it increasingly possible for the company’s heavy machinery to be driven and serviced, creating career opportunities for all genders.

Andrew Hore, CEO of the Blues said Komatsu’s commitment to diversity would help drive the development of women’s rugby.

“Komatsu are equally passionate about growing female involvement in their industry and have a proven record of community support. There is direct relevance to the women’s competition and to our team.”

Phil Pritchard welcomes the collaboration between the Blues and Komatsu. “The Blues women’s team is a powerhouse with amazing talent,” he said. “Their drive and dedication to compete at the highest level is exactly the mind set we want to in-still in our apprentices.”

Mr. Pritchard said the partnership would not only showcase the nib Blue’s remarkable female rugby players  while also shining light on the opportunities available in the utilities, construction and mining industry.

“Many are not aware of the diverse roles and career paths available working with evolving and sustainable technologies. From apprentices to engineering, sales, and service technician roles, we want to make sure women are given greater opportunities to make their mark.”

Frequently Asked Questions


All automotive engineering apprenticeship programs are a structured training arrangement that will run over a four year period which involves formal training from a Industry 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.


Komatsu will help arrange all your uniforms and tooling with you.

  • Direct local recruitment, testing and system management
  • Intensive induction consisting of Foundation Electrical and Hydraulics, Basic Hand Skills, HSE and Business focused programs
  • 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
  • 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


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, Higher Education or University results, or evidence of work-related training (mature age candidates)

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.


Locations have not yet been released. Please refer to our website for more information as it becomes available.


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


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 New Zealand 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.

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