An exciting mixture: external courses, work and school
Each apprenticeship consists of external courses, work and school. Below, Noah Dahinden answers three questions about his exciting apprenticeship as a design engineer.
How many times a year do you attend the external courses and how can you apply what you have learned at work?
I spent a lot of time in the external course center during the first year of my apprenticeship. The first year of my apprenticeship was almost exclusively external. I worked externally for about eight to nine months. There, I learned all the basics, and completed a three-month workshop internship. In the second year of my apprenticeship, I also had to take external courses to prepare for the partial examination (an examination which tested all the job-specific knowledge I had learned). I can best apply what I have learned in the external courses to my everyday work. The practical skills in particular help me when working at Sensirion.
What do you find positive about the overall package of external courses, work and school?
I think it’s very good that I can attend external courses, work and school, because I learn a lot everywhere. There’s no overlap in topics between the courses and school. At school and in the courses, I exclusively learn things that I can use for my work at Sensirion. The three locations complement each other perfectly, so I can learn as much as possible during my apprenticeship.
What does your week look like?
My work week is very varied. I currently have school twice a week at the vocational school in Rüti. At Sensirion, I develop concepts and part/assembly drawings, write documentation, prepare meetings and assemble equipment. On Monday, I take advantage of the sports offerings and play floorball with other employees during the lunch break.