Komatsu recently hosted more than 30 students from Chattahoochee Technical College, Reinhardt University, and Kennesaw State University at its Cartersville, Ga., customer training center in order to experience a day in the work life of construction and mining employees.
The students strapped on hardhats and received hands-on training on how to operate Komatsu machines including bulldozers, excavators, wheel loaders and dump trucks. They also learned about current and future construction-related job opportunities.
“It’s so important to do all we can to attract top talent to the industry,” says Tom Suess, director of training and publications for Komatsu America. “Komatsu and our local distributors jumped at the chance to host these students and their school administrators. I think we opened the eyes of some students today about how technologically and globally focused the industry is, and how bright a future they can have if they pursue a career in this field.”
“I had never operated equipment before coming out here,” Chattahoochee Tech student Chandler Firestine says.”It’s been an awesome experience being able to really get inside one of the machines and see how they work mechanically…..especially being a diesel tech. I would love to come out here again and do it if I could.”