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Automation mechanic

As an automation mechanic at Swiss Post, productive and service tasks on systems, machines and electronic consoles are part of your daily routines. You’ll also carry out tasks or simple projects independently or under the instruction of professionals.

During the challenging three-year basic training, you’ll acquire the skills required to successfully enter the world of work.

In the first year of training, you’ll acquire the basic knowledge of manufacturing technology with a partner company.

During the final two years, you can apply your skills and consolidate and improve your knowledge at one of the three letter sorting centers.


You must have completed the middle level of secondary education with good grades to apply for this apprenticeship.

You’ll also:

  • Be good at working with your hands
  • Possess a flair for maths, physics and logical thinking
  • Enjoy and have an interest in technical correlations and electrical engineering 

Training and vocational school

The apprenticeship lasts for three years. During the one-year basic training, you’ll become familiar with the key principles of manufacturing technology. The second and third years of training consist of placements at various Swiss Post units. You’ll extend your theoretical knowledge at vocational school and on intercorporate courses.

The basic training takes place in Olten, Zurich-Altstetten or Yverdon, while the second and third years of training are spent in Eclépens, Härkingen or Zurich-Mülligen.

Further education

After successfully completing your apprenticeship, you’ll have lots of further training opportunities open to you, with or without the vocational school-leaving certificate. These include:

  • A vocational diploma or a higher vocational qualification, such as the Automation Specialist Federal Diploma or the Industry Supervisor Diploma
  • A qualification from a professional education institution, e.g. IT technician
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in electrical engineering or mechatronics

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