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Automation/Control Engineer Switzerland

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I'm thinking of moving to Switzerland in 4-6 months time. I've been planning this move for a long time and I've been preparing myself towards it. I've been learning German for a year or so I believe I'll be around B1/2 level so quite communicative. I've got a Masters degree in Automation and Robotics and the specialization is Industry Automation. I've got over 8 years of professional experience as C&I/Automation engineer in a different industries (Oil&Gas, Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Food). I know all major automation tools Step7-certified programmer, RSLogix5000,Triconex-Safety PLC, DeltaV, GX-Developer WinCC, InTouch, RSView etc, and I've been running (leading) from small up to large scale projects through all these years. I want to look for a position in a German speaking kantons.
So the questions now.

1.) What are my chances to find a position here the work language is English?

2.) What are my chances to find something with my rather not very good German?

3.) How long it will approximately take?

4.) Is the set of skills I've got is desirable in Switzerland?

5.) What are the best companies that will be interested in Automation Engineers with the industry experience I've got?

7.) What I can do to prepare myself better for that move, apart of course from learning German.

6.) And of course what kind of salary (annual with "13" and bonuses) I can expect, lets say on the Senior or Leiter position.

Thank You very much for the answers, other advice would be welcome - Automatiker.
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Old 09.03.2013, 16:19
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Re: Automation/Control Engineer Switzerland

Welcome to the Forum!

I believe you are well qualified. There are many jobs here in your field, with many small machine tool companies employing
highly skilled workers right across Switzerland.

Take a look at this job seekers website, it should give you an idea of the current situation here, https://www.jobs.ch/en/
and search for "Automatiker"
You will probably need to work in a technical position for a few years, and hope to be promoted when they know you better.

Your salary level won't be discussed until your second or third interview, but you might get some ideas here,
http://www.englishforum.ch/search2.p...ary+calculator

People say this Swiss government calculator is fairly accurate,
http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/en/index/themen/03/04/blank/key/lohnstruktur/salarium.html

This EF member is a HR expert, you could direct specific questions to him,
I'm a International Headhunter based in Lausanne. Ask me anything.
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Re: Automation/Control Engineer Switzerland

Thanks for the info, Ive been on some of these websites already but it's good to know that they are checked and "true".
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Re: Automation/Control Engineer Switzerland

Hi Automatiker. I only have a limited amount of knowledge about the market since I just graduated last summer, but I can give you a rough idea based on discussions I've had.


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1.) What are my chances to find a position here the work language is English?
Since you are in engineering and will probably be applying to multinationals, English should be enough.

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2.) What are my chances to find something with my rather not very good German?
In your field and with your experience, it shouldn't be a major issue.

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3.) How long it will approximately take?
Hard to say. As a new graduate I applied aggressively for 3-4 months (almost entirely over the internet) and got about 5 interview invitations. Since you have more experience, you might get quicker responses/invitations.

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4.) Is the set of skills I've got is desirable in Switzerland?
Yes, it should be. I don't think we have that many people in the job market with those qualifications. There are some, but maybe not as many as the market requires.

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5.) What are the best companies that will be interested in Automation Engineers with the industry experience I've got?
Not sure, but I would definitely try ABB, Alstom, Nestlé, Novartis, Roche and Sulzer at the very least, possibly the oil refineries (Tamoil and Varo refining), maybe Syngenta and Philip Morris.

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7.) What I can do to prepare myself better for that move, apart of course from learning German.
Find out a little bit about Swiss rules/regulations. Look into things like medical insurance. Once you find out which area you may be working in, look into tax rates and accomodation in surrounding areas to help you make a choice.
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6.) And of course what kind of salary (annual with "13" and bonuses) I can expect, lets say on the Senior or Leiter position.
I'm just throwing out a rough figure, but I would say at least 120k a year.
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Re: Automation/Control Engineer Switzerland

Thanks IronAngle for your anwers they raised the spirits even higher.
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Re: Automation/Control Engineer Switzerland

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Thanks IronAngle for your anwers they raised the spirits even higher.
Just remember you need a job secured BEFORE you set foot in this country.

Coming here without a job is something tourists do, and they stay tourists, and have to leave after 3 months.

I say this because it is often overlooked by "foreigners"...

Regards from a fellow antipodean
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Re: Automation/Control Engineer Switzerland

Hi,

If you are still looking, I can recommend this!!!. Goodluck!

http://www.csb.com/de/gb/career/job_..._m/f.2765.html
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Re: Automation/Control Engineer Switzerland

Any Luck Automatiker?? I'm in the same situation as you. Any new recomendations before trying to look for a Job in Switzerland?
Many thanks!!!!!
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