Hastings Deering sees record apprentice numbers

Caterpillar's dealer for Queensland and the Northern Territory, Hastings Deering, is offering a record number of apprentice positions as the industry booms.

According to the company it has put 200 positions on offer to help fulfill its rapid growth in the construction and mining sectors.

The apprentices would work mainly in the repair and maintenance of plant equipment, engines, and power systems.

Dean Mehmet, Hastings' COO, explained that "this is the largest apprenticeship intake in our history, which demonstrates significant growth in the state's construction and mining sectors".

Last year the company became the first Cat dealership to take on the former Bucyrus distribution chain after Caterpillar acquired the company.

Australia's other major Cat dealer, WesTrac, only begun distributing Bucyrus mining equipment in April this year after it reached a $400 million agreement with Caterpillar.

It came after Caterpillar fully acquired Bucyrus last year for US $8.8 billion.

Jim Walker, WesTrac's CEO, said "the acquisition of the Bucyrus distribution and support business will enhance our position in the supply and service of heavy equipment to the mining and construction sectors in WA, NSW, and the ACT.

"The Bucyrus product line and large installed base are a logical addition to our current range of Cat products, and will provide us with significant opportunities for future growth with our mining customers."

This latest Hastings Deering intake includes positions for diesel fitters, auto electricians, boilermakers, fitter machinists, engine fitters, heavy equipment vehicle mechanics, high voltage electricians, and heavy mechanical fitters.

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