Job description


VET ordinance of November 3, 2008, Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (OPET).

Professional prospects

After completing vocational training and receiving the Swiss Federal Certificate of Competence, there are many opportunities for further training open to automation engineers: Swiss Certified Diploma for Automation Specialists Swiss Certified Diploma for Electrical Engineering Foremen Industrial foreman, electrician HF, electrical engineer FH

Apprenticeships at Mägerle AG

One or two places per year, alternately

Course structure

Structure of the apprenticeship

You can complete your vocational training in four years. Automation engineers are trained in the training company (first place of learning) and attend vocational school for a maximum of two days a week. At Mägerle, two specialized training courses are offered: automation / switchgear construction and commissioning / development. Academic achievement as well as occupational aptitude have a considerable impact on the possible selection of specialized training courses. With this in mind, after three years of vocational training the relevant trainer decides which specialized training course the apprentice can take.

Practical training

Over the first two years of basic training apprentices acquire broad foundational knowledge and skills. Particular emphasis is placed on skills, such as drilling, sawing, bending, assembly, wiring, testing, troubleshooting, building and measuring electrical circuits and logging work. After these two years, the automation engineer's basic training in their field of work is assessed externally through the 'partial exam'. The second half of vocational training consists of specialized training in the training company's field of work. In this part of the training, apprentices deepen their knowledge and hone their skills by learning through example and working on productive jobs and projects. Transferrable skills and abilities are fostered throughout the training, such as learning and working practices, creativity, flexibility, teamwork, independence, communication skills, etc. In addition, during every year of training at Mägerle apprentices attend inter-company training courses of two to five weeks in training centers (third place of learning). After four years of vocation training, apprentices undertake an 'individual production project' in our company as part of the qualification procedure.

Vocational school

Vocational education

Training at the vocational schools (second place of learning) usually takes place over two weekdays. The vocational subjects are: General Education, Mathematics, IT, Learning and Working Practices, Physics, Inter-professional Projects, Technical English, Material and Drawing Technology, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Automation, PE and Sports. After the fourth year of the apprenticeship, the vocational school assesses the theoretical subjects through the qualification procedure.

Federal vocational baccalaureate (FVB)

Upon passing an admissions exam, apprentices can attend an FVB school and graduate with a FVB.


Personal requirements

Automation engineers enjoy arithmetic and algebra They like experimenting and are interested technology, especially electronics. This area of technology requires abstract thinking. Automation engineers work is thoroughly, carefully and accurately, they are reliable and take responsibility for their work. To develop in their career, they must show a willingness to continue learning.

Academic requirements

Mid- to upper-level secondary school

Tobias Würgler
Deputy Manager Electrical Installation
Allmendstrasse 50
8320 Fehraltorf


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