The VET program for mechanical engineering technicians – what’s it all about?
Mechanical engineering technicians construct metal housings and piping systems for our machines based on technical drawings. They work with metal sheeting, sections and tubes. To do this, they use not only traditional tools and machines for sawing, bending, connecting and welding, but also high-tech equipment such as CNC bending machines.
What qualifications should I have?
As with any vocational apprenticeship, you need to have successfully completed your secondary schooling. In addition, you must enjoy practical tasks, have good organizational skills and the ability to remember details, work well in a team, be independent and flexible, have a good sense of responsibility, a sound grasp of technical products and processes, a very good concept of three-dimensional shapes and space, and be in good physical shape.
Where does the training program take place?
You will spend the four years of your apprenticeship at two different locations. You will do your basic mechanical training (first and second year of apprenticeship) at the AZW workshop for apprentices, where you will learn the fundamentals of the trade in theory and practice. The next part of your training will take place at Burckhardt Compression AG, where you will be working in production. Depending on the level of schooling you have attained, you will attend vocational college on one or two days of the week.
Can I request a trial apprenticeship?
It is possible to do a short internship to get a first-hand impression of the trade at the AZW Training Center in Winterthur. The AZW also offers pre-apprenticeship afternoon courses on a regular basis.
Where can I apply for an apprenticeship?
You can send your application directly to the AZW Training Center in Winterthur by E-Mail or post:
AZW Ausbildungszentrum Winterthur
P.O. Box 414
CH-8401 Winterthur, Switzerland
“At our company, the mechanical engineering technician is an in-house service provider for assembly and test facilities, so the work involved is very diverse. In addition to the customary tasks, it also includes the construction of special solutions tailored to customer requirements. Close cooperation with other departments provides you with an overview of the entire assembly process – you’ll see how a product is manufactured from beginning to end!”
Marcel Wagner, practical instructor, mechanical engineering