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Noël Buob (18)

Surface coater in training

Surface coater in training


Noël Buob (18)

Surface coater in training


In my free time music has played an important role since the fourth grade already. I have been a saxophonist since then, am now in the youth wind or-chestra of Lucerne. I correctly realized when I began this training that my instrument – just like the countless other objects that I encounter every day – has a surface coating.



Music is a part of our family. My father is a music teacher and trumpet player. He was overjoyed when I recoated the surface of his instrument with gold and silver and enhanced its value as a unique model.


For a long time I didn't know which profession I would like to learn. But chemistry always interested me, even in secondary school. At some time or other, I received a brochure about the apprenticeships and came across surface coater. After further searches on the Internet I was certain: that suits me! I found the training company through the apprenticeship location service (LENA), applied here as well as at one other company, did a trial apprenticeship at both – and, fortunately, received a commitment from SCHURTER.


After one and a half years I know that it was the correct decision. Here the staff is really good for the training; they know something about the matter. Furthermore, being a surface coater is something that everybody doesn't know about nor can do. And: it is a profession with good prospects for the future. My vocational school class in Zürich has only 12 students from throughout German-speaking Switzerland. To date, my expectations with regard to the professional profile and reality are in complete agreement.


At the moment I am working in an "outside" company in Zug. A year ago I spent some time at a company in Littau. At these external locations the aim is to become acquainted with other methods of surface coating. For me that is strong proof that I am actually considered a trainee in my profession by SCHURTER and not primarily as a worker. My boss is a good model for me in the practical work. With him I am "training" an additional two hours every Friday for the school. I am grateful for this valuable support.


The profession – it was previously called a galvanizer – is not without risk. We are working indeed with chemistry. During each individual work step one has to know exactly what one is doing and always protect oneself accordingly. I appreciate that, within reasonable limits, I have been given a lot of responsibility already, and I am already allowed to present my own ideas. For me SCHURTER doesn't have just 5C, but rather 6C – I am experiencing particularly a lot of understanding for the needs of us apprentices. Therefore, there is absolutely no doubt: I am learning the right profession at the right company.

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