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Old 14.08.2015, 20:34
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Re: What is my profession in Switzerland?

Thanks again for the great advice, I have asked around and am not having much luck in my area finding someone to teach us German. I am playing around with translator apps and trying when time permits to learn some words and phrases.


The cost involved in going through a local school is astronomical as the school is private and charges some serious fees.


On the other points:
*I am very proficient in Afrikaans both written and spoken.
*We received our daughters Swiss passports about a month ago, a monumental moment in our family history. What a proud moment for our daughters.
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These are the most popular EU/ EFTA countries, including Switzerland, for South Africans according to Eurostat:

2014, Born in South Africa:
UK: 224,863
Netherlands: 13,170
Ireland: 11,198
Switzerland: 7,394
Italy: 5,563
Belgium: 3,567

As you undoubtedly know, English-speaking UK and Ireland are popular with South Africans as well as the Netherlands (and Belgium) possibly due to language. Several countries, including Germany and France, do not report this figure to Eurostat. (de.statistik.com says that there were 5,120 South African citizens in Germany at Dec 2014).

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/en/web/...ets/-/TPS00178
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Thanks for the interesting stats Mulholland.


Despite the relative ease of getting into other EU countries compared to Switzerland, mine and my families hearts lie strongly with CH and I will do whatever I must to get my family there.


With the titles and links provided here, I at least know what terms to be searching for jobs available in my profession.


The info and advice provided by all on EF are an invaluable stepping stone along this path and I will be forever grateful to all of you. Thumbs up to EF and it's members.
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Hi Mullhollander, thanks for all the info.

As a maintenance planner, I plan and schedule all of the engineering maintenance, projects and repair work for the department where I work (aluminium hot rolling mill).

As a mechanical fitter, I maintain and repair pumps, gearboxes, hydraulics, pneumatics, bearings etc. basically anything related to mechanical machinery.
Since you are currently employed in the aluminium industry in SA, you might wish to be aware of the Aluminium Verband (association) in CH. Here is a list of its members:
http://www.alu.ch/d/mitglieder_alle.php

Note in particular, Alu-Menziken and Aluminium Laufen, which I understand are processors. Also, there was Alusuisse which was taken over by Alcan about 15 yrs ago and then by Rio Tinto. Constellium in Valais may have been spun out from Alcan/ Alusuisse. You could research this firm further in CH.

Somewhat related to aluminium, Switzerland has six gold/ precious metal smelters. However, they are either in Italian-speaking Ticino or French areas so might not be workable if you want to live in German area. The six gold smelters are mentioned in this article:
http://www.handelszeitung.ch/invest/...nter-dem-radar
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Re: What is my profession in Switzerland?

I know in my company the people who do similar to what you do are called betriebsmechaniker. Hope that helps you on your search.
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I know in my company the people who do similar to what you do are called betriebsmechaniker. Hope that helps you on your search.
I have come across a few job ads with this title and in translating the requirements and responsibilities, I find it to be well in line with what I do and am looking for.
I have applied for a few of these positions amongst others and will keep trying until I am successful


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Since you are currently employed in the aluminium industry in SA, you might wish to be aware of the Aluminium Verband (association) in CH. Here is a list of its members:
http://www.alu.ch/d/mitglieder_alle.php

Note in particular, Alu-Menziken and Aluminium Laufen, which I understand are processors. Also, there was Alusuisse which was taken over by Alcan about 15 yrs ago and then by Rio Tinto. Constellium in Valais may have been spun out from Alcan/ Alusuisse. You could research this firm further in CH.

Somewhat related to aluminium, Switzerland has six gold/ precious metal smelters. However, they are either in Italian-speaking Ticino or French areas so might not be workable if you want to live in German area. The six gold smelters are mentioned in this article:
http://www.handelszeitung.ch/invest/...nter-dem-radar
Thank you again for this valuable information, I will go through the list of companies and visit their sites to see what job listings they have. You have been a great help to me.
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