Job description


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

Duration of training

You can complete your vocational training in four years. Polymechanics are trained in training organizations (first place of learning) and attend vocational school for a maximum of two days a week. At Mägerle we are currently offering specialized training in machine and component assembly.

Professional prospects

After completing vocational training and receiving the Swiss Certificate of Competence, there are many opportunities for further training open to polymechanics. Engineer FH, operations expert (Swiss Federal Certificate) Swiss Certified Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Diploma for Industrial Foremen and Machine Technicians HF

Apprenticeships at MÄGERLE

One or two places per year, alternately

Course structure

Practical training

Over the first two years of basic training, an emphasis is placed on broad foundational knowledge and skills. The core skills covered are drilling, thread cutting, turning, milling, grinding, assembly, adjusting, measuring, testing or commissioning. After these two years, the polymechanic's basic training in their field of work is assessed externally through the 'partial exam'. In the second half of the vocational training, apprentices receive specialized training in their industrial field of work. In this part of their training, apprentices deepen their knowledge and hone their skills by learning through example and working on productive jobs and projects. Transferable skills and abilities are fostered throughout the apprenticeship, such as learning and working practices, creativity, flexibility, teamwork, independence, communication skills, etc. At Mägerle, apprentices attend inter-company courses in training centers (third place of learning) for particular specialist areas. After four years of vocational training, as part of a qualification procedure, the apprentice undertakes an 'individual production project' in our company or they sit an external written exam.


Vocational school

Vocational education

There are two levels in the training program at the vocational schools (second place of learning) . Profile G has basic requirements, and Profile E has advanced requirements. The profile levels can change during vocational training if levels of achievement are unsatisfactory. The vocational subjects are: General Education, Mathematics, IT, Learning and Work Practices, Physics, Electrical and Eontrol Engineering, Technical English, Inter-professional Projects, Material and Manufacturing Technology, Drawing and Machine Technology, PE and Sports. After four years of vocational training, the vocational school assesses 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

Polymechanics enjoy physics and they are very interested in technology. They are able to visualise a design. Polymechanics work accurately, thoroughly and carefully. They can persevere and have a lot of patience, are interested in metalwork and like working with machines. They like working in teams, are good with their hands and do not have any allergies to metals, fats or oils. Polymechanics show a willingness continue learning, especially in the field of control technology and future tech­nologies.

Academic requirements

Profile G: Mid-level secondary school (in some cases, lower-level may be accepted) Profile E: upper-level secondary school (in some cases, mid-level may be accepted)

Lukas Hürlemann
Director of the Training Workshop


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Polymechanics course structure
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