Apprenticeship for polymechanics with Swiss Certificate of Competence and plant and equipment engineer with Swiss Certificate of Competence

Skilled employees with good social skills are the foundation of success. Opening up opportunities for young people and helping them to develop is an issue for all of us, not just for the prosperity of Ringele AG, but for the industry as a whole and the Swiss economy.

That is why we continuously train apprentices in the following occupations:

Plant and equipment engineer with Swiss Certificate of Competence (from 2018)

Polymechanic with Swiss Certificate of Competence (from 2018)

Administrator with Swiss Certificate of Competence (from 2018)

We also offer young people over 14 years, the opportunity to get to know more about a specific occupation through a scheme called Insight


Apprenticeship as a plant and equipment engineer with Swiss Certificate of Competence / Open from 2018

Completion of basic vocational training

The basic vocational training lasts four years: Two years of vocational basic training with a final partial examination and two years in process-oriented operational areas of activity. The second part includes multi-faceted skills in the machining of sheet metal, profiles and pipes as well as in planning, assembly and process technology.

Practical basic vocational training

A broad foundation of knowledge and skills is provided during the first half of basic vocational training. The focus is on techniques such as setting up, punching, bending, forming, welding, grinding and assembling. In the second half of the training, the focus shifts to operational activities. In this phase, the apprentices deepen their knowledge and skills through exemplary learning in productive assignments and projects. Interdisciplinary skills such as learning and working methodology, creativity, flexibility, teamwork, independence, communication skills, etc. are promoted throughout the entire basic vocational training. The final apprenticeship examination consists of individual, productive work.

Lessons in the nature and ethics of the profession

The theory side of the basic vocational training is taught in the vocational school. During the first year of the training, the students attend the vocational school for two days a week; from the second to the fourth year of training they attend the vocational school just once a week. The school-based teaching includes: Materials science and technical qualifications, mathematics and physics, technical English, computer science, technical drawings, general education, gymnastics and sport.

Advanced vocational certificate

Upon passing the entrance examination, the apprentices can attend the Vocational School and complete this with the advanced vocational certificate (which qualifies them to apply for a place at a university/college).

Educational requirements

Completed secondary school education. Very good secondary A- or good secondary E- or P-graduates. (A secondary E or P is a prerequisite for the vocational matura). Please enclose the Basic Check with your application documents.

Personal requirements

Plant and equipment engineers enjoy arithmetic, geometry and technical drawing, and they are very interested in the technical workings. They can visualise constructions spatially. Plant and equipment engineers are accurate, thorough and careful when they work. They have a lot of perseverance and patience, are interested in metalworking and also like to work on machines. They are skilled at working with their hands and do not have any allergies to metals.

Career prospects

After completing their basic vocational training with a federal qualification, plant and equipment engineers have many opportunities for continuing their training and education:

  • Operators, Supervisor
  • Federal Diploma Foreman
  • Federal Diploma Welding specialist
  • Tech. Administrator
  • Mechanical Engineer (university of applied sciences/technical college)

Apprenticeship as a polymechanic with Swiss Certificate of Competence / Open from 2018

Completion of basic vocational training

The basic vocational training lasts four years. Polymechanics are trained in the apprenticeship and attend the vocational school for a maximum of two days a week.

Practical basic vocational training

A broad foundation of knowledge and skills is provided during the first two years of basic vocational training. The focus is on techniques such as drilling, cutting threads, turning, milling, grinding, assembling, setting, measuring, testing or commissioning. In the third and fourth years of the training, the focus shifts to operational activities. In this phase, the apprentices deepen their knowledge and skills through exemplary learning in productive assignments and projects. Interdisciplinary skills such as learning and working methodology, creativity, flexibility, teamwork, independence, communication skills, etc. are promoted throughout the entire training period.

Lessons in the nature and ethics of the profession

The theory side of the basic vocational training at the vocational school is taught in various levels. The basic requirements are taught at level G, and more advanced requirements at level E. The levels can be changed during the basic vocational training. The vocational classes include: Mathematics, computer science, learning and working methodology, physics, chemistry, technical English, materials and manufacturing technology, drawing and machine technology, general education, gymnastics and sports.

Advanced vocational certificate

Upon passing the entrance examination, the apprentices can attend the Vocational School and complete this with the advanced vocational certificate (which qualifies them to apply for a place at a university/college).

Educational requirement

Completed secondary school education. Very good secondary A or good secondary E or P graduates (secondary E or P is a prerequisite for accessing the vocational matura). Please enclose the Basic Check with your application documents.

Personal requirements

Polymechanics enjoy physics and they are very interested in the technical workings. They can visualise constructions spatially. Polymechanics are accurate, thorough and careful when they work. They have a lot of perseverance and patience, are interested in metalworking and like to work on machines. They are skilled at working with their hands and do not have any allergies to metals, greases or oils.

Career prospects

After completing their basic vocational training with a federal qualification, polymechanics have many opportunities for continuing their training and education:

  • Operators
  • Federal Diploma Foreman
  • Machine Technician Higher Technical College
  • Mechanical Engineer (university of applied sciences/technical college)

Apprenticeship as an administrator with Swiss Certificate of Competence E-Profile (from 2018)

Completion of basic vocational training

The basic vocational training lasts three years. The E-Profile commercial training focuses on "Business and Society" and two foreign languages are taught. Apprentices are trained in the company responsible for the apprenticeship. During the first and second year of training, they attend the vocational school for two days a week, during the third year this reduces to just one day.

Practical basic vocational training

The basic commercial vocational training starts with a five-week basic course at the vocational school. This is where they will learn the basics of general commercial work even before they are employed in the apprenticeship company. Various techniques such as planning one's own work, managing the filing, dealing with new technologies or the introduction to the computer programs Word and Excel are covered in the area of administration. In the first two years of training, apprentices acquire knowledge and skills in dealing with work that involves, for example, providing products and services, recording operational procedures or compiling documents. In the third year of their training they deepen their knowledge in the trading of products (buying and selling).

Lessons in the nature and ethics of the profession

The theory side of the basic vocational training is conducted at the vocational school and includes the following subjects: German, French, English, Information-Communication-Administration (ICA), economy + society, project work, political economics, management, jurisprudence, political science, finance and accounting, gymnastics and sport.

Advanced vocational certificate

Upon passing the entrance examination, the apprentices can attend the Vocational School and complete this with the commercial advanced vocational qualification. This entitles them to attend a university of applied sciences/technical college without having to sit a further exam.

Educational requirements

Secondary school level E or "Bezirksschule" (average grade at least 4.5). Please enclose the Multicheck (Administrator E) with your application documents.

Personal requirements

You like to work on a PC and have the qualities of perseverance and patience. You have a flair for foreign languages in order to be able to perform the tasks required in an international industry.

Career prospects

After completing their basic vocational training with a federal qualification, administrators have many opportunities for continuing their training and education:

  • Various Federal PET Diploma Examinations or the Advanced Federal PET Diploma Examinations
  • Administrator HKG
  • Course of studies at a university of applied sciences (FH)