EFZ design engineer

The design engineer profession is a very modern and technically versatile profession. You work with customers, engineers, casting technologists and polymechanics to develop die-cast components. At the same time as developing components, you design the die-casting mould based on advanced moulding and casting technologies. You will carry out filling and solidification simulations during the development process and optimise the components and mould technologies until the design is approved. You will develop moulds for aluminium and magnesium alloys, which is why you will also learn about the metallurgical properties of the materials.

Job title after the apprenticeship

Design engineer with federal certificate of proficiency

Duration of apprenticeship

4 years


  • Develop, model and design mechanical, electrical and electronic devices, machines and systems. New developments and modification work on existing devices
  • Work closely with engineers and customers
  • Sketching initial drafts

Training at Aluwag AG

You will create technical drawings and 3D models using our specialised CAD software. Based on information and sketches from engineers and other specialists, you will model, calculate and draw die-cast components and complete die-casting tools. The 3D data you create is then imported into the programmes of our internal toolmaking department. The tools for the die-cast components are manufactured using this data. The co-operation with production and toolmaking is therefore very close. You will be involved in the development and design of mechanical, electronic and electrical devices, machines and systems. You will produce hand-drawn sketches of parts and assemblies. You will be able to create technical drawings and 3D models according to standard specifications with the help of a computer (CAD software). You will understand the drawings and the information they contain, such as dimensions and tolerances, materials and surface finishes. Thanks to the design engineers’ in-depth expertise, design problems are solved and improvements suggested. Design engineers advise our customers directly and help them to achieve high-quality products. You will therefore also have direct contact with our customers. You will draw up technical documentation for the operation and maintenance of the products. You will also create instructions and documentation. You love precise work, have a good imagination and enjoy thinking and finding creative solutions.

In addition to the apprenticeship at Aluwag AG

At the start of your apprenticeship, you will complete an inter-company course at Huber + Suhner in Herisau, which lasts about two months. Approximately one month later, you will complete another inter-company course at Huber + Suhner. In the course of your training you will complete further inter-company courses.

Requirements for successfully completing this apprenticeship

  • Completed primary school
  • Good grades in geometry, maths and physics
  • Interest in technical contexts and mechanics
  • Technical understanding
  • Understanding of abstract relationships
  • Ability to visualise things spatially
  • Skilled hands for precise work
  • Precise and careful way of working
  • Patience, perseverance and ability to concentrate
  • enjoy computer work
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Organisational talent
  • Reliability

Further training opportunities

Professional examination

  • e.g. automation specialist
  • e.g. process specialist
  • e.g. technical business management assistant

Higher professional examination

  • e.g. qualified production manager industry

Higher technical college

  • e.g. Dipl. Techniker/in HF Maschinenbau (with specialisation in construction technology)
  • e.g. Dipl. Technician HF Electrical Engineering

University of Applied Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science (FH) in related fields


We hope that we have aroused your interest in this versatile and modern profession. Send your application by e-mail to