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Create forward-thinking hardware solutions as a design engineer

Do you have technical talent? With us, you will learn how to create forward-thinking hardware solutions. Design engineers develop, model and design mechanical devices, machine and apparatus components - from aircraft parts to special tools. Drawing is carried out on the computer using modern 3D CAD software.

If you are interested in drawing and developing various components of machines, apparatus and everyday objects, then an apprenticeship at RUAG is right for you. Our design engineers draw on the computer using modern 3D CAD software. In doing so, they create new developments or carry out modification work on existing equipment.

Key points of your apprenticeship at RUAG



Your apprenticeship will last four years. During this time, you will learn everything you need to know to become a design engineer.


For this apprenticeship, you must have an interest in technology, an elementary school diploma at Real or Secondary level, technical understanding, spatial imagination and enjoy mathematics.

Future opportunities

The following options are available to you after completion of your apprenticeship with us: Mechanical Engineering Technician HF, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.



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6032 Emmen

Design engineer EFZ [Swiss certificate of competence]

Design engineers work closely with specialists such as engineers in all phases of the design process and jointly realize a concept. In this phase, they rely on functional specifications, which contain the most important tasks relating to function, production, quality and costs. As you can see, this profession enables you to create forward-looking hardware solutions.

During the concept phase, design engineers discuss various options for fulfilling customer wishes, technical requirements and standards. They usually sketch the first drafts by hand. If a design is pursued further, they create three-dimensional construction drawings on the computer using CAD programs.

On the plans, design engineers record geometric shapes, dimensions and tolerances as well as information on surface finishes and materials. Based on these documents, a prototype is then created and if it fulfills the requirements, final drawings, technical documents as well as parts lists for series production follow. Working at RUAG is therefore extremely varied.


What we offer you

As a design engineer at RUAG, you have the opportunity to accompany a development from conception through design to production. Among other things, as a design engineer, your tasks also include creating documents for production and assembly. These contain product descriptions, technical data and operating and maintenance instructions.

What you should bring with you

You have completed compulsory school with high requirements and are convincing with your good performance in geometry, mathematics and physics. In addition, you have an interest in technical contexts and mechanics. You have a good ability to imagine things spatially and work accurately and carefully.

Duration of apprenticeship

Your apprenticeship at RUAG will last 4 years.

Shape your individual future with the Way-Up apprenticeship.

You can complete this apprenticeship in the Way-Up model.

Vocational training location

  • Thun
  • Emmen
  • Zürich
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Is that your thing?

We are looking forward to receiving your application.

Apply now!