Career profile


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, alternating

Training curriculum

Structure of the apprenticeship

You can complete your vocational training in four years. Polymechanics are trained in the in-house training department (1st learning location) 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. On the basis of these findings, after three years of basic vocational training, the responsible instructors will decide which specialist training the apprentices can choose.

Practical training

During the first two years, a broad foundation of knowhow and capability is laid in the basic training. Particular emphasis is placed on such work techniques as drilling, sawing, bending, assembling, wiring, testing, troubleshooting, setting up and measuring electrical circuits and documenting the work carried out. After these two years, the basic training of the automation technicians is checked externally by means of the so-called partial examination in their field of operations. 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 will deepen their knowledge and hone their skills by learning through example as they work on production orders and projects. Throughout the training period, multidisciplinary skills such as study and work methodology, creativity, flexibility, teamwork, independence, communication skills, etc. are cultivated. 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 school training

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 Work Practices, Physics, Interdisciplinary Projects, Technology. English, Material and Design & 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.

Vocational baccalaureate diploma (FVB)

After passing an entrance exam, apprentices can attend the vocational secondary school (FVB) and complete it with the vocational baccalaureate diploma (FVB).


Personal qualifications

Automation engineers enjoy arithmetic and algebra They like to experiment and are interested in technical correlations, especially in electrical engineering. This area of technology requires abstract thinking. Automation technicians work meticulously, carefully and accurately, are reliable and take responsibility for their work. The development in their profession demands a strong willingness for continuous education.

Academic qualifications

Mid- to upper-level secondary school

Jann Caduff
Ausbildungsverantwortlicher Automatiker
Allmendstrasse 50
8320 Fehraltorf


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Training programme for automation engineers
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Training course structure for automation engineers