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After com­ple­ting his bache­lor degree in systems engi­nee­ring with a spe­cia­li­sa­ti­on in elec­tro­nics and con­trol engi­nee­ring at NTB (now OST — Ost­schwei­zer Fach­hoch­schu­le), Pas­cal joi­n­ed Schmid Auto­ma­ti­on in spring 2019. He has work­ed in the soft­ware depart­ment for almost five years. “During my time as a soft­ware engi­neer, I was able to rea­li­se many pro­jects in a wide ran­ge of indu­stries. Two pro­jects are par­ti­cu­lar­ly memo­rable. First­ly, the auto­ma­ti­on of a cho­co­la­te fac­to­ry that deve­lo­ped a new pro­cess for cho­co­la­te pro­duc­tion and second­ly, the first major phar­maceu­ti­cal pro­ject that Schmid Auto­ma­ti­on was able to imple­ment,” sum­ma­ri­ses Pascal.

In 2024, the new Digi­ta­li­sa­ti­on & Inte­gra­ti­on depart­ment was foun­ded, which Pas­cal now heads as Head of Depart­ment. The aim of this depart­ment is to pro­vi­de our cus­to­mers with opti­mum sup­port and gui­dance during the digi­tal trans­for­ma­ti­on so that they are equip­ped for the future. Pas­cal says: “It is very exci­ting for me to be able to work with pio­nee­ring tech­no­lo­gies in this depart­ment in order to gene­ra­te real pro­gress and added value for our cus­to­mers. In addi­ti­on, as a mem­ber of the manage­ment team, I can now actively con­tri­bu­te to the company’s busi­ness processes”.

Simon star­ted his shor­ten­ed app­ren­ti­ce­ship in auto­ma­ti­on engi­nee­ring at Schmid Auto­ma­ti­on in 2017 and has now suc­cessful­ly com­ple­ted his trai­ning. “I real­ly enjoy the dai­ly work on varied pro­jects,” explains Simon. As part of the trai­nee pro­gram­me for app­ren­ti­ces, he com­ple­ted the second half of his two-year app­ren­ti­ce­ship in the Elec­tri­cal Plan­ning engi­nee­ring department.

After suc­cessful­ly com­ple­ting his app­ren­ti­ce­ship, a posi­ti­on beca­me available in Soft­ware Engi­nee­ring, for which Simon suc­cessful­ly applied. He has now been working as a soft­ware engi­neer for 3.5 years and has alre­a­dy suc­cessful­ly rea­li­sed seve­ral pro­jects. The­se include a com­mis­sio­ning in the Ivo­ry Coast. Along­side his job, Simon is com­ple­ting a fur­ther trai­ning pro­gram­me at the ZBW to qua­li­fy as an auto­ma­ti­on systems engi­neer. “I real­ly app­re­cia­te the fact that I was given the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work as a soft­ware engi­neer after com­ple­ting my app­ren­ti­ce­ship as an “EFZ Auto­ma­ti­ker” and can now con­ti­n­ue my edu­ca­ti­on while working,” reflects Simon.

Mar­cel Fust joi­n­ed Schmid Auto­ma­ti­on in 2008. «The com­pa­ny offe­red me an oppor­tu­ni­ty to join them as someone coming from a dif­fe­rent edu­ca­tio­nal back­ground, an oppor­tu­ni­ty that I didn’t hesi­ta­te to sei­ze,» remem­bers Mar­cel as if this had hap­pen­ed yester­day. After com­ple­ting his con­ti­nuing edu­ca­ti­on as a gra­dua­te elec­tri­cal engi­neer (Dipl. Elek­tro-Tech­ni­ker HF) at the ZbW in St. Gal­len, Mar­cel work­ed for six years and a half in the Soft­ware Engi­nee­ring depart­ment. Here he had the chan­ce to fami­lia­ri­ze hims­elf in-depth with PLCs and pro­cess con­trol systems such as auto­ma­ti­onX, CODESYS and TIA-Por­tal and to learn how to app­ly them. Mar­cel reflects: “Get­ting to know the new systems was easy, thanks to the excel­lent sup­port I recei­ved from the Schmid team. The hands-on expe­ri­ence that I was able to gather during this peri­od pro­ved to be extre­me­ly valuable in my fur­ther care­er.” In 2011, the com­pa­ny allo­wed Mar­cel to attend a three-month lan­guage cour­se in New York. Then, from the autumn of 2012 onward, Mar­cel – sup­port­ed by the com­pa­ny – atten­ded the MAS Busi­ness Admi­ni­stra­ti­on and Engi­nee­ring at the FHS (now OST — Ost­schwei­zer Fach­hoch­schu­le). «I then wan­ted to app­ly my new­ly acqui­red skills.” Tog­e­ther with the manage­ment, a new role was crea­ted as a Seni­or Auto­ma­ti­on Con­sul­tant, in which he sup­ports our cus­to­mers in Switz­er­land and abroad from the initi­al mee­ting, through stock­ta­king, con­cepts, quo­ta­ti­ons and, after suc­cessful con­clu­si­on of the con­tract, pro­ject manage­ment. In 2021, the Con­cept Plan­ning & Con­sul­ting depart­ment was foun­ded and he was given the oppor­tu­ni­ty to lead a small team as head of the new depart­ment. “I am very proud that I have been able to help shape the future of Schmid Auto­ma­ti­on as part of the manage­ment team sin­ce 2014,” says Mar­cel, sum­ma­ri­sing his care­er to date.

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