Electronics engineer, automation technology

Contents and process

In the chemical industry, electronically controlled, large plants and automated processes are standard. Electronics engineers for automation technology are very familiar with the inner workings of these machines and processes as they are responsible for their setup and maintenance. When problems occur, they find the causes and get everything running again. If you like to tinker around and solve complex problems, you are just right for this profession.

What you learn during the training at Umicore:

  • Measuring physical and electrical variables
  • Reading, inspecting and correcting wiring and functional diagrams
  • Developing, assembling and programming automated systems
  • Using test systems and diagnostic software
  • Evaluating and documenting test results
  • Observing quality assurance and occupational safety

School leaving certificate

You have an intermediate/specialised upper secondary school leaving certificate or a general certificate of aptitude for higher education (your country's equivalent to Germany's Abitur, e.g., A-levels) at minimum.


Sometimes the solving of electronic problems requires a lot of patience and staying power. Apply if you fulfil the following prerequisites:

  • Interest in technical, mathematical and physical connections
  • Manual dexterity
  • Careful and concentrated work
  • Fun with teamwork

Duration of training

The regular duration of training amounts to 3.5 years. In case of good performance at school and in the company, the training time may be shortened. The responsible Chamber of Commerce and the company must be in agreement.

Further education opportunities

  • Certified foreman (Chamber of Commerce)
  • Technician
  • Course of study at a university of applied science

Special features

Shift work

Since automated plants in the chemical industry run around the clock without stopping, even at night, malfunctions may occur while others sleep. Shift work may therefore be necessary.

Training locations

Bad Säckingen/Rheinfelden


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