Swiss Certificate of Competence (EFZ) laboratory technicians in the field of chemistry are responsible for the practical implementation of scientific investigations. They manufacture chemical substances or investigate these substances using analytical methods. UFAG LABORATORIEN primarily monitors the quality and composition of foodstuffs and pharmaceutical substances. We work primarily with glass apparatus and computer-supported analysis devices.
The apprenticeship lasts three years. In practical training, the apprentices go through the various departments of the laboratory block by block. As part of the apprenticeships, you will experience the investigation of foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals using simple wet chemistry methods and the latest instrumental analysis techniques. The apprentices visit the vocational school in Lucerne for one and a half days a week. The training is demanding in regarding both theory and practical work. Upon successful completion, apprentices will receive the Swiss Certificate of Competence as a laboratory technician (EFZ). UFAG LABORTORIEN AG offers 2 apprenticeships annually.
For laboratory technicians, the work requires an interest in scientific processes, in mathematical questions, pleasure in experimenting and the ability to work with computers and electronic devices. Important characteristics are the ability to work in a team, perseverance, patience and reliability.
Practical skills and technical expertise are also necessary. As well as good powers of observation, the ability to express yourself clearly both orally and in writing is of great importance for writing up protocols and for discussions within the team. Typically, the trainee comes from the secondary school and can demonstrate good to very good school grades in the subjects of mathematics and natural study; the English language is also of great importance.