Luca Schambron (19)
I became aware of the plastics technologist profession at the Swiss Plastics booth during an educational fair. The mix between craftsmanship and technology fascinated me immediately. After a trial apprenticeship at SCHURTER, it was clear to me that I wanted to complete my training here. The great attitude in the team was really contagious.
The apprenticeship positions in plastics technology in the field of injection molding are rare. When I applied, there were just three training positions in Central Switzerland. I did a trial apprenticeship at two companies: at a microdrive manufacturer and at SCHURTER. The motor topic was actually more interesting to me. I didn't know what to do with fuses and electronic components at first. However, the clincher for an application at SCHURTER was the great working atmosphere, which I had already felt during the trial days.
Great that the training position worked out then! From the first moment on I felt at ease here. In the plastics department there is always an extremely good team spirit; we all get along well. There is not a lot of emphasis on hierarchy. Everyone is taken seriously, whether he is an apprentice or a supervisor.
I am now in the second of four training years. I am challenged but not overloaded and can already assume responsibility. I enjoy working on and with the machines. We set up the systems for each production run and optimize the production. Furthermore, the quality of the parts must be continuously monitored. This checking can also be quite a laborious matter, but it is very important. I particularly enjoy setting up a machine from A to Z so that a new part can be produced – naturally, it's best when it goes smoothly!
In one course at the Plastic Training and Technology Center I noticed that, compared to my colleagues, I have made already a lot of progress in the practical training. In general, at SCHURTER they value encouraging us trainees. So there are some goodies for us. One example is the wage bonus for good and above average performance. Twice a year we are evaluated in various work areas. Collecting the bonus is a matter of honor for me!
I don't know exactly what is going to happen after the apprenticeship. I would really like to stay at SCHURTER to acquire more professional experience. My supervisor is doing some advanced training at the moment. I could also imagine doing that, for example, as a plastics technician. But there is still some time before this decision.