Apprenticeships

We believe in fostering young talent, so we offer a range of apprenticeships where you can learn a trade while working and earning on the job. If you’ve recently left school, or you’re about to leave school, it’s a great opportunity to get stuck into the workplace in a friendly, nurturing and challenging environment.

Depending on your interests and strengths, you can choose from our eight apprenticeships, below. Click on each one to find out more.

 

 

Polymechanic

Production mechanic

Automation specialist

Physics lab technician

Design engineer

Graphic designer

Commercial specialist

Logistician

The highs and perks for our apprentices

While we’ll expect big things of you throughout your apprenticeship, we promise you’ll get an enormous amount out of it. Every day you’ll be tasked with using your initiative to solve challenging problems, which means learning new skills and discovering what you’re really capable of. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a close-knit community feel as you form a strong bond with your fellow apprentices - exchanging ideas, sharing experiences, working on projects together and supporting each other on your journey.

Here are just some of the highlights of our apprenticeships.

Discover The Hilti Way

You’ll start your apprenticeship with a one-day workshop called The Hilti Way, which talks about Hilti’s values and aims. Why are values important? What makes a good team? How can you reach your goals faster?

 

Plan a dinner

In your first year, you’ll be part of a team that plans a big dinner for your fellow apprentices and trainers. How many noodles will you need for 30 people? Where will you eat? How will you get there? Lots of questions for you and your team. 

Rebuild an Alpine farm

In your second year, you’ll take part in a renovation project in the beautiful Swiss Alps. There you’ll be given a great deal of responsibility in both planning and doing the work, and have enormous fun along the way.

Look at the future

During your time with us, we’ll show you the various career paths open to you when you’ve completed your apprenticeship. Will you choose an advanced vocational school or university? Or another apprenticeship or a full-time job?

Try before you choose a trade

We want you to be sure that you’re really cut out for the profession you’re choosing – and that it’s cut out for you. So, if your initial application is successful, we’ll invite you to do a trial apprenticeship of one to four days.

It’s a great way to help you decide if you’re making the right choice. And for us to see if you have what it takes to do the job. During the trial, we’ll look at your practical skills, as well as how you work in a team, how you handle problems and how reliable you are.

Physics lab technician

Our physics lab technician apprenticeship is suitable for technically-minded applicants.

What will I do day to day?

•    Basic training in the apprentice workshop and drafting school

•    Get involved with various research projects

•    Develop and evaluate tests by applying different measuring techniques

What school grades do I need?

You don’t need any specific grades, as long as you’ve completed secondary school (if you’re from Switzerland) or Realschule (if you’re from Liechstenstein) and have an interest in maths and physics.

What skills do I need?

You need an interest in technology, science and research, and be able to think in both logical and abstract terms. You should be a flexible team player, but also happy to work on your own.

Where is the apprenticeship based?

Zurich.

How do I apply?

Simply email your CV and letter of motivation, as well as your grade reports and any other testing scores or diplomas to Martin Berchtel at Martin.Berchtel@hilti.com

If successful at this stage, we’ll invite you to do a two-day trial apprenticeship to make sure you’re absolutely right for the program – and that it’s right for you.

Polymechanic

Our polymechanic apprenticeship is a four-year program, which involves two years of working in various units of a manufacturing plant.

What will I do day to day?

•    Learn to turn, mill and weld

•    Practise these skills using CNC (computer numerical control)

•    Manufacture your own drill stand

•    Manage your own tool stocks

•    Get involved with live projects

What school grades do I need?

You don’t need any specific grades, as long as you’ve completed your full nine years of schooling and have an interest in maths and physics.

What skills do I need?

You should be good at working with your hands and enjoy precision work with machines. You must also have strong spatial perception, an understanding of technology and the ability to manage interesting and demanding work in a team. 

How do I apply?

Simply email your CV and letter of motivation, as well as your grade reports and any other testing scores or diplomas to Wilfried Eberle at Wilfried.Eberle@hilti.com

If successful at this stage, we’ll invite you to do a four-day trial apprenticeship to make sure you’re absolutely right for the program – and that it’s right for you.

Automation specialist

Our automation specialist apprenticeship is a four-year program. Or, if you’ve already completed our polymechanic apprenticeship, it’s two years.

What will I do day to day?

• Learn how to turn, mill and weld in the apprentice workshop

• Train in wiring, drawing circuit diagrams and PLC programming

• Apply your new skills in the technical laboratory

• Learn how to maintain networks and production machines

• Get involved with various projects like modifications and manufacturing small tools

• Attend training programs in dangerous goods, fire prevention and forklift testing

What school grades do I need?

You don’t need any specific grades, as long as you’ve completed your full nine years of schooling and have an interest in maths and physics.

What skills do I need?

You need an interest in electrical engineering and be able to think in both logical and abstract terms. You should be happy working in a team, as well as on your own, and have no problem handling lots of different tasks at the same time.

How do I apply?

Simply email your CV and letter of motivation, as well as your grade reports and any other testing scores or diplomas to Martin Berchtel at Martin.Berchtel@hilti.com

If successful at this stage, we’ll invite you to do a three-day trial apprenticeship to make sure you’re absolutely right for the program – and that it’s right for you.

Logistician

Our logistician apprenticeship focuses on production logistics in Liechstenstein, along with an exchange program with the Swiss Postal Service.

What will I do day to day?

•    Work in the shipping and receiving of goods

•    Process orders and returns

•    Get to know how the warehouse works, including administration

•    Carry out inventories

What school grades do I need?

You must have completed your full nine years of schooling and speak good German. You also need a solid understanding of maths, including arithmetics, percentages, calculating area and the rule of three.

What skills do I need?

You should enjoy physical work, while being diligent and precise. You should be able to work in a team and stay calm when things get hectic.

How do I apply?

Simply email your CV and letter of motivation, as well as your grade reports, ancillary testing scores (Stellwerk) and any diplomas or references Angela Scheidecker at Angela.scheidecker@hilti.com

If successful at this stage, we’ll invite you to do a two-day trial apprenticeship to make sure you’re absolutely right for the program – and that it’s right for you.

Commercial specialist

Our commercial specialist apprenticeship is a two and a half-year program.

What will I do day to day?

• Learn about Hilti’s values and corporate structure and the bigger commercial world

• Get to know our different departments - administration, materials marketing, export, purchasing, HR, marketing and finance

• Spend six months working in each of five different departments

What school grades do I need?

You must have completed secondary school (if you’re from Switzerland) or Realschule (if you’re from Liechtenstein), and have a good knowledge of languages and maths. In languages, you need spoken and written German and spoken French and English. In maths, you need a solid understanding of arithmetics, percentages and the rule of three. You also need basic computer skills and good ancillary testing scores (Stellwerk).

What skills do I need?

You should have strong communication skills, a head for numbers and a talent for organisation. You must be a versatile team player with a keen interest in new ideas and different cultures.

How do I apply?

Simply email your CV and letter of motivation, as well as your grade reports, ancillary testing scores (Stellwerk) and any diplomas or references to Grit Liebold at lehre@hilti.com

If successful at this stage, we’ll invite you to do a one-day trial apprenticeship to make sure you’re absolutely right for the program – and that it’s right for you.

Production mechanic

Our production mechanic apprenticeship is a three-year program, which involves two years of working in various units of a manufacturing plant. It’s similar to our polymechanic apprenticeship, but it’s a year shorter and involves only one day of schooling each week.

What will I do day to day?

•    Learn to turn, mill and weld

•    Practise these skills using CNC (computer numerical control)

•    Manufacture your own drill stand

•    Manage your own tool stocks

•    Get involved with live projects

What school grades do I need?

You don’t need any specific grades, as long as you’ve completed your full nine years of schooling and have an interest in maths and physics.

What skills do I need?

You should be good at working with your hands and enjoy precision work with machines. You must also have strong spatial perception, an understanding of technology and the ability to manage interesting and demanding work in a team. 

How do I apply?

Simply email your CV and letter of motivation, as well as your grade reports and any other testing scores or diplomas to Wilfried Eberle at Wilfried.Eberle@hilti.com

If successful at this stage, we’ll invite you to do a four-day trial apprenticeship to make sure you’re absolutely right for the program – and that it’s right for you.

Graphic designer

Our graphic designer apprenticeship is suitable for creatively-minded applicants.

What will I do day to day?

• Create and design posters, logos, adverts, flyers, catalogues, etc

• Come up with ideas for marketing concepts, from design to finished product

• Use various graphics programs and video tools

• Do independent work on smaller projects

What school grades do I need?

You don’t need any specific grades, as long as you’ve completed secondary school, but we recommend you attend a preliminary course at an arts school (in Nendeln or St Gallen).

What skills do I need?

You need to be creative, versatile and keen to explore new ideas. You should be a good team player, with strong communication skills and an interest in different cultures. Basic computer skills are a must.

How do I apply?

Simply email your CV and letter of motivation, as well as samples of your work, such as drawings, sketches and photos to Angela Scheidecker at Angela.scheidecker@hilti.com

If successful at this stage, we’ll invite you to do a two-day trial apprenticeship to make sure you’re absolutely right for the program – and that it’s right for you.

Design engineer

Our design engineer apprenticeship involves three months of practical training in the workshop and two years of working in a manufacturing plant unit.

What will I do day to day?

•    Learn the basics of design engineering

•    Work with different design tools and products

•    Get involved with various big projects

What school grades do I need?

You don’t need any specific grades, as long as you’ve completed secondary school (if you’re from Switzerland) or Realschule (if you’re from Liechtenstein) and have an interest in maths and physics.

What skills do I need?

You need good spatial perception and a combination of logical, technical and creative thinking.

Can I complete my vocational diploma (Berufsmatura) during the apprenticeship?

Yes, this should be fine. Just speak to your head of vocational training.

Where is the apprenticeship based?

Berufszentrum Buchs (BZB).

How do I apply?

Simply email your CV and letter of motivation, as well as your grade reports and any other testing scores or diplomas to Mario Wohlwend at Mario.Wohlwend@hilti.com

If successful at this stage, we’ll invite you to do a four-day trial apprenticeship to make sure you’re absolutely right for the program – and that it’s right for you.