Apprenticeship as

Certified plant operator

Plant operators are responsible for perfect functioning of production and packaging plants. They operate and monitor the machinery. Detect faults and fix them immediately.

Contents of the apprenticeship

1st YEAR

  • Basic education/extended basic education
    • Manual production: Drilling, turning, milling, assembly
    • Engraving, coating, surface technology

2nd YEAR

  • Supplementary education/interdepartmental
    • Insight in to different departments: Maintenance, repair, production (quality assurance, cylindrical grinding, thread technology)

3rd. YEAR

  • Specialized training
    • Surface technology, coatings, cylindrical grinding
    • Stage FRAISA GmbH (D)

Possible further education after the apprenticeship:

  • Occupational assessment (BP)
    Certified automation technician, Certified processing technician, Certified production technician
  • College of higher vocational training (HF)
    Diplom mechanical engineering technician (HF) (college of higher vocational training) with a concentration in manufacturing technology, Diplom business process technician (HF) (college of higher vocational training) with a concentration in operations technology
  • University of applied sciences (FH)
    Following Berufsmatur (Swiss vocational school certificate, which allows entry to a university of applied sciences): Bachelor of Science (FH) in mechanical engineering, Bachelor of Science (FH) in systems engineering

Training company


  • Affinity for technology
  • Manual dexterity
  • Precision and conscientiousness
  • Ability to concentrate
  • Sek B (good)

Trade school

Key data:

  • 1 school day per week
  • Location of school GIBS Olten

Intercompany course location

Key data:

  • In 1st–3rd year of training, 3 courses
  • Total 29 ÜK (intercompany course) days
  • External course location, Bildungszentrum Berufslernverbund Thal-Mittelland