Rahel Möckli

Apprentice Electronics Technician

Swapping High School against Apprenticeship

For Rahel Möckli, it was the first impression that counted – and it was “extremely good.” So good, in fact, that she decided not to continue studying for a university entrance qualification at high school, but instead opt for an apprenticeship as electronics technician at Hamilton.

“For me, the most important thing is the atmosphere. Our colleagues at Hamilton take time for us apprentices, answer all our questions, and don’t look down on us for being ignorant.” Rahel Möckli is in her first year of training to become an electronics technician and has only been a member of the Hamilton family for a few months. “My first impression turned out to be right. In fact, it’s exactly the way I had imagined it.”

Getting a Taste of It
While Rahel was in her third year at high school, her twin brother, who was attending a more practically focused school, was looking intensively into job opportunities. Rahel’s parents suggested that she, too, should consider a trial apprenticeship somewhere to see if this might be an option. Open-minded and inquisitive as she was, she decided get a taste of several different jobs. She soon realized that it had to be something technical. “I was fascinated by technology and what’s behind it. And I wanted to understand how a machine works.” The taster days at Hamilton convinced her completely: “Even the reception was really nice, and the atmosphere was so friendly and relaxed.” What was initially intended as an opportunity to expand her horizon turned out to be a change of direction, and so Rahel successfully applied for an apprenticeship as electronics technician and swapped high school against Hamilton.

Not a Typically Male Profession
Rahel spends her first six months in production. “I’d actually be quite happy if they reduced the six months in Assembly to three,” she smiles. She is very much looking forward to the next stage, when she can finally really immerse herself in electronics and carry out various jobs on her own for the first time. On two days a week, Rahel attends vocational college in Chur. This is a bit more than usual because she simultaneously studies to obtain a vocational Matura qualification. Every Tuesday, she is the only girl in her class. It is not a problem for Rahel, as she is quite happy among boys. However, she does think it is a shame that electronics technician is still seen as a “male profession.” So she has some advice for girls considering a technical career: “Just give it a try! And, most importantly, do whatever you enjoy doing.”