Apprenticeship as a polymechanic with Swiss Certificate of Competence / Open from 2020

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)