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Hastings Deering offers record number of apprenticeships

Posted on 19 Jul 2012

Hastings Deering, Caterpillar dealer for Queensland and the Northern Territory, is now accepting apprentice applications for 2013. With over 200 places available, Hastings Deering is one of the region’s largest employers of apprentices. The high number of places on offer is due to the company’s rapid growth and demand from the construction and mining sectors.

Apprentices are involved in the repair, servicing and maintenance of the comprehensive range of construction and earthmoving equipment, engines and power systems manufactured by Caterpillar.

Hastings Deering Chief Operating Officer, Dean Mehmet said, “This is the largest apprenticeship intake in Hastings Deering history, which demonstrates significant growth in the Hastings Deering group, as well as Queensland’s construction and mining sectors.”

In 2011, Hastings Deering became the first Caterpillar dealership to take on the former Bucyrus distribution business, making it the first dealer in the world to sell, service and support the new range of Caterpillar underground and surface mining equipment. The company now employs over 4,500 staff with numbers projected to increase in line with growth in Queensland construction and mining.

“While mining is certainly a huge focus for us, demand from the Queensland construction and infrastructure projects is currently driving many of our own expansion projects. Investment in new facilities in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Mackay and Rockhampton is primarily due to sales, parts and service requirements in our general construction business. Hastings Deering is one of the only earthmoving machinery companies that can attribute this growth to non-mining demands,” Mr Mehmet said.

The 2013 program intake includes positions for diesel fitters, auto electricians, boilermakers, fitter machinists, engine fitters, heavy equipment vehicle mechanics, high voltage electricians and heavy mechanical fitters.

The underpinning skills and knowledge training is delivered by Hastings Deering Institute of Technology or TAFE. The program is not time limited and allows apprentices to complete their apprenticeship when they have achieved the required skills, knowledge and experience.

Applications are open to school leavers, those employed in a trade who may be seeking a formal qualification or anyone looking for a new career path. Hastings Deering is an Equal Opportunity Employer and holds Employer of Choice status.

Applications close on 5 August 2012 and can be submitted via

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