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Plumber or Electrician?

Hi, i am currently studying. I would like to in the future work in Switzerland.
I am in a pickle .. I don't know what trade be more popular for finding jobs in Switzerland. I don't Mind getting my hands dirty or getting electrocuted for Switzerland. I am just looking for guidance.

I am really sorry if this is the ground part of the forum to post this in.
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Re: Plumber or Electrician?

Not sure about plumbers or electricians, but the company my cousin works for is always looking for mechanics. He told us, they literally hire anyone who is just mildly experienced. What you really need to invest in is learning the language though. German, French or Italian is a must, depending where you want to work, especially in the trades. The other thing is a work permit, do you have Swiss or EU citizenship? Getting a work permit will be difficult if you don't.
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Old 26.07.2018, 18:32
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canmom, I am not really into cars.

I am highly considering plumbing and of course i am a EU Passport.

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Re: Plumber or Electrician?

No matter if you choose plumbing or electrician, as long as you make sure you become good at it, and have some specialisations you'll find work somewhere. Just do not expect doors to open everywhere when you are at beginners level.
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** and of course i am a EU citizen **
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Re: Plumber or Electrician?

Ed, i understand that, i am willing to do anything to find work. I don't mind starting at the beginning level. I am just trying to figure out what is trade is easier to find work in the German speaking part of CH.
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Re: Plumber or Electrician?

I think an electrician's apprenticeship is a bit more versatile than a plumber's. If you find that construction isn't your thing there's industrial, control, communications, and a whole host of other branches available.

(Guess what my apprenticeship was.)
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I am highly considering plumbing and of course i am a EU Passport.
Sorry about all the spelling and grammar errors. I have light sensitivity and type like a lunatic.
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Old 26.07.2018, 18:49
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Re: Plumber or Electrician?

You will need to do training in Switzerland for either.

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Re: Plumber or Electrician?

Jag, construction is what i plan on doing. I have always been interested in electronics.
But where i am living right now the doctors won't change my medications and i am having involuntary arm movements and random pains all over my body that are very distracting.
I don't want to end up dead before i come to Switzerland.
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Jag, construction is what i plan on doing. I have always been interested in electronics.
But where i am living right now the doctors won't change my medications and i am having involuntary arm movements and random pains all over my body that are very distracting.
I don't want to end up dead before i come to Switzerland.
Ok, so that pretty much rules out electrician (you'll need to do a fair bit of ladder work until you've got your ticket).
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You will need to do training in Switzerland for either.

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Aslong as he is working under somebody who has a certificate and signs his work there is no need for such. If he wants to grow in the business and work independent than yes.
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I am thinking of doing a plumbing apprenticeship here in AU.
I am also thinking of adding a gas fitting certificute to the list.
I am trying to leave AU as soon as possible.

Jag, plumbing might be the right fit for me. I just don't know if i should add a gas fitting certificate to the list or do that in Switzerland.

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Old 26.07.2018, 19:21
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Jag, plumbing might be the right fit for me. I just don't know if i should add a gas fitting certificate to the list or do that in Switzerland.
Get as many certificates as you can. Regardless of what trade you learn.
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What you really need to invest in is learning the language though. German, French or Italian is a must, depending where you want to work, especially in the trades.
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This.
Afaik there's lots of things electricians are not allowed to do (on their own) if they're not approved in the country they work in.
Strangely enough I don't know about Siwtzerland but I do know about countries up North. Even for the oh so highly praised German craftsmen.

Don't want to put OP off. I'm sure if you have the education, an extra exam or two will solve the problem.
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Re: Plumber or Electrician?

actually, how do you get qualified as an electrician or plumber (is there even one for a plumber?) in switzerland? can you just take a test, or is there some other requirement?
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actually, how do you get qualified as an electrician or plumber (is there even one for a plumber?) in switzerland? can you just take a test, or is there some other requirement?
Excuse me, this is a 3 year apprenticeship! With an "Eidgenössischer Fähigkeitsausweis". If you pass
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Excuse me, this is a 3 year apprenticeship! With an "Eidgenössischer Fähigkeitsausweis". If you pass
That is the road the people living here take, how about an expat who already has an education which allows him to work independent in houses, construction and industry and years of experience in his own country, surely he has everything needed but fails on the regulations since those do differ.

What road should such person take to get recognised? Apprenticeship serves nothing since that is not about the rulings, rulings are a theoretical thing taught in all country's I am aware of the educational system at the school itself. (mostly a bunch of default rules, and being taught how to find what is related to what one is doing, since that is a nice pile of books)

Switzerland is more strict than a bunch of other countries, in The Netherlands everybody is allowed to change their home installations, no electrician needed and if it all fits the rules no insurance cares. In Sweden just a final check is needed. In Switzerland a home owner is officially not even allowed to change a tap or a wall socket.
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