From College to Hamilton
As a development engineer, Kim Haltiner works on plastic parts for ventilators. In his free time, he gets his kicks from climbing.
Even during his training as a multi-skilled mechanic, Kim Haltiner already knew that he did not want to spend his future standing behind a machine all day. He needed to find an alternative. He completed the Swiss Federal Vocational Baccalaureate and then studied engineering and innovation at the HSR Hochschule für Technik in Rapperswil. Since he chose plastics engineering as his major, after college, he was looking for a job in plastics processing – and he found one at Hamilton. “Plastic is a very versatile material that offers countless design possibilities. I find plastics much more exciting than metalworking. It is definitely a material with a bright future,” says Kim.
The Perfect Debut
The job at Hamilton is his first full-time job after college “and the first one with a real salary,” he says with a mischievous grin. Since March 2017, he has been working as a development engineer in the Respiratory Care Supplies department, working on masks, tubes, and sensors – plastic parts that connect the ventilator and the patient. He describes his job as very varied – there is no set order of doing things. This means he is free to switch back and forth between projects, analyzing problems, designing with CAD, and arranging laboratory tests. “The job is everything I hoped for. At college, we were already tackling a lot of development projects. I like project-based, independent work. And that is exactly what I have found here.” The 26-year-old settled into the job very quickly, which is in no small part thanks to his team. “I was so glad to find so many great people working here. Everyone is very open and helpful.”
Seeking Vertical Thrills
Another big first is coming up for Kim in September: he is moving in with his girlfriend in Chur. This will be their first shared apartment. One really convenient thing about the new apartment is that it is right next to the indoor climbing wall. Two or three times a week, they go to the climbing wall to train and hone their climbing technique. Kim, who discovered climbing as a teenager, explains that they do this because, along with strength and conditioning, you need the right technique. “What’s interesting about climbing is that you make progress quickly and you can set your limits and goals yourself. And of course, there’s that feeling of adrenaline pumping through your veins when you scale the rock.”