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Old 20.06.2019, 13:57
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Is there any demand for CNC operators/programmers in German-speaking Switzerland?

Greetings. It's my first message here, so thank you very much for reading and for any advice you can provide.


Profile: 36-year-old, single without children. Multiple citizen, three passports - Russian (native-born), Israel and Poland through repatriation because of ethnic ancestry - Jewish mother and Polish father. Worked in Israel as CNC operator and programmer for over 12 years, largely in military/defense sector. Languages - fluently: German (not Swiss German), Yiddish, Russian, and Hebrew. I can also speak English and Polish, but, unfortunately, not very good.


I'm interested in finding CNC job, preferably in military sector, in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Because I'm single and modest in my life and demands, I would agree for a low-end propositions and would be happy to work responsibly and hard. I do already speak two Germanic languages (Yiddish, Hochdeutsch), so learning the Swiss variety would be very quick and with no problems for me.


I travelled to Switzerland as a tourist for many, many times in the last decade. And I really want, really interested in relocation there. Not because salaries - I was doing fairly well in Israel - but generally because of very different and much more stable and predictable lifestyle. Currently I'm on vacation in Eastern Europe, visiting some relatives from my childhood. And I do understand very clearly, that I'm not interested in moving back to Israel - it's a great country, but I simply tired of our lifestyle. I would prefer to move westwards, not southwards.


Do I have any chances in Switzerland? At least, is it worth a try?


Once again, thank you very much for any helpful information you can provide.
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Old 20.06.2019, 15:11
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Re: Is there any demand for CNC operators/programmers in German-speaking Switzerland?

Welcome to the forum.

Have a look on these websites to see if there's anything that might suit.

www.jobs.ch
www.jobup.ch
www.monster.ch
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Re: Is there any demand for CNC operators/programmers in German-speaking Switzerland?

I think there is a chance that you could get a job as a CNC operator, but I also think that, without a visa it could be tough.

It would especially help if you are familiar with modern programmable machines and can do high tech very high precision work (micrometer).

I know a manufacture – a small company – with about 8 to 10 employees and about 6 – 12 machines (I don’t quite remember). They are in business and successful because they can quickly deliver very high precision for swiss high tech industries. I also know that it isn’t easy for them to find employees with the right set of skills they need and the know-how. I have no idea if they have ever tried to hire someone for whom they need to apply for a visa. A company that size isn’t really going to have the know-how to organize the visa. That means that you would have to come with a work permit for Switzerland. Anyway, I can imagine that they aren’t the only manufacturer this size and that your skills would be in some demand.

If you want a job here, you would probably have to come to Switzerland for a while and do a whole lot of your own legwork to track down potential employers and see if they would be willing to apply for a Visa for you (and to get the feeling for the job market).

Additionally, I don't think that, in this case, willing to work for a lower salary would be a particular selling point. If you are good and they need you, they'd be happy to pay you reasonably fairly. If they don't need you or can't get a visa for you, then you won't do them a favor by working for less.

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Old 20.06.2019, 16:14
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Re: Is there any demand for CNC operators/programmers in German-speaking Switzerland?

Doesn't need an employer to apply for him, he has Polish nationality.
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Old 20.06.2019, 17:30
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Re: Is there any demand for CNC operators/programmers in German-speaking Switzerland?

There is a general shortage of CNC operators in Western Europe.
Not sure why you want to work in the military industry but I guess that's your choice.

Look for companies you want to work for and, due to the shortage of skilled operators, you have a good chance of finding something in your first choice company. If not there are many many more options. Oh, and don't sell yourself short! If you are skilled absolutely do not tell anyone you will work for low pay!!

Have you looked at all on the job boards?

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Old 20.06.2019, 21:17
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Re: Is there any demand for CNC operators/programmers in German-speaking Switzerland?

These two job search spiders might be useful:

https://www.indeed.ch/

https://jobsuchmaschine.ch/en/

A search on keyword "CNC" on indeed.ch showed more than 50 pages of job listings, or more than 800 CNC job openings of various kinds in Switzerland.

My post #5 at this link contains some other resources available for job searches in Switzerland:

https://www.englishforum.ch/jobs-wan...ml#post3042077
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Re: Is there any demand for CNC operators/programmers in German-speaking Switzerland?

An Israeli with Russian roots wishes to be a CNC operator in a military environment.
I would not pin my hopes too high.
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Re: Is there any demand for CNC operators/programmers in German-speaking Switzerland?

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An Israeli with Russian roots wishes to be a CNC operator in a military environment.
I would not pin my hopes too high.
You'd be surprised. It's one of the most cynical industries I've even worked in.

Anyway, even if he can't get into defense there is huge demand for machinists.
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Re: Is there any demand for CNC operators/programmers in German-speaking Switzerland?

Max, please send us your CV, we may be able to help!

https://scheurer.swiss/
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Max, please send us your CV, we may be able to help!

https://scheurer.swiss/
Hello there,

I would like to get a job as CNC miller in Switzerland too, I am actually in Zurich now for few days.

Are you still looking to filling those posiitons?

Thanks

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