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Engineering (Mechanical/Technical) Development Associate

Date:  Sep 8, 2022

Chicago, IL, US, 60631

Req ID:  24007
Onsite or Remote:  Onsite Position

Komatsu is an indispensable partner to the construction, mining, forestry, forklift, and industrial machinery markets, maximizing value for customers through innovative solutions. With a diverse line of products supported by our advanced IoT technologies, regional distribution channels, and a global service network, we tap into the power of data and technology to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance. Komatsu supports a myriad of markets, including housing, infrastructure, water, pipeline, minerals, automobile, aerospace, electronics and medical, through its many brands and subsidiaries, including Joy, P&H, Montabert, Modular Mining Systems, Hensley Industries, NTC, and Gigaphoton.

Job Overview

Komatsu America Corp. has a great development opportunity for a recently graduated or graduating mechanical engineering college student. The individual will be immersed in an intense, highly structured learning environment where the candidate can assimilate to the Komatsu culture and make an important contribution during a targeted thirty-six (36) month rotation program (management has discretion to shorten or lengthen the rotation program).

Key Job Responsibilities

This Development Associate will participate in an enhanced training program that will prepare for the candidate’s full-time placement into one following core areas of the business within Komatsu’s Product and Aftermarket Support Division:

  • Marketing Engineering
  • Product Marketing
  • Intelligent Machine Control (iMC)
  • Product Technical Support
  • Quality Engineering

During the rotation, the candidate may have to relocate to one of our manufacturing plants for a short period of time and/or distributors located within the US in order to gain exposure from these critical areas of our business. 


Education: BS in Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Mining Engineering, Agricultural Mechanization or Technical Systems Management  from an accredited college/university. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0+ and be able to apply their academic background to real business world experiences.
Experience: Entry Level, recently graduated or graduating engineering student. Prior experience with work study programs, school or volunteer leadership roles, participated on teams or in clubs, professional organizations, etc. preferred. Prior internship with a heavy equipment or automotive manufacturer a plus.
Soft Skills: Must have excellent written and verbal communications. Ability to multi-task, manage multiple deadlines and work and thrive in a fast paced environment, ability to handle pressure. Strong motivation to make contributions to Komatsu and to drive results. This individual must have an interest in capital goods / heavy equipment (Construction, Forestry and Mining Support Equipment). 
PC Skills: CAD experience, preferably ProE/Creo. High proficiency in Microsoft Office specifically with Pivot Tables, Vlook ups and other reporting tools. Must demonstrate strong analytical and problem solving skills. Proven/ completed software development projects a plus.
Travel: This position will require extensive overnight travel and/or possible relocation within our distributor network or manufacturing locations. 

Additional Information

Must be able to relocate for short term assignments.  Must be able to travel with no restrictions.

Komatsu is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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