Markus Liechti, Céline Tschumi and Simon Uhlmann
Daetwyler Group trainees in the USA
Three of our trainees completed twelve weeks of their training in our subsidiary in Huntersville, USA.
For the first time in Daetwyler's history, trainees from Switzerland had the opportunity to travel for 12 weeks of their training to our subsidiary Max Daetwyler Corporation in Huntersville USA. This adventure started for three of our currently total of 47 trainees on July 7, 2014. Rolf Hofer, Team Leader Trainee Program, accompanied the young adults Céline Tschumi (Automation Engineer), Markus Liechti (Mechanical Technician) and Simon Uhlmann (Mechanical Engineer) plus their families to the Zurich Airport. After spending 9.5 hours in the air, the apprentices arrived in Philadelphia with a delay of an hour. They just missed their connecting flight to Charlotte, but they overcame this obstacle effortlessly and roughly two hours later boarded another plane headed for Charlotte.
In Charlotte they were picked up at the airport by Coni Chamley, Office Manager & Executive Assistant MDC Daetwyler USA, who drove them to their apartments. After a good night's sleep, the trainees were handed over their own car, an almost new Toyota. Then it was time to take a tour of their new workplaces, where they received a warm reception from their new coworkers.
The trainees were each supported on-site and given instruction by a specialist in their specific fields. They were encouraged to actively participate in the working processes and assist with production. They learned a great deal in their functions, and all three quickly made good progress in technical English. Céline was especially happy that she was given the chance to program a machine for the first time. Simon and Markus took advantage of the opportunity to collaborate with others during the manufacture of a pneumatic motor as part of a traineeship project.
They also had some very interesting experiences in their free time. Already in the first week, our three America pioneers were invited to participate in recreational events, which they nonetheless politely declined – they were still adjusting to the time change and were quite tired. In the second week, though, they started on their exciting exploration of the USA in the company of their American work colleagues. Among other things, they visited an amusement park, a water park, a football game as well as drag races. Of course, they also explored the East Coast, which naturally had to include a visit to impressive New York City.
The three have been back in Switzerland since Sunday, September 28, 2014, and are again enjoying time with their families and friends.
Besides souvenirs such as cowboy boots, cameras and new clothes, the three brought back above all many valuable experiences and pleasant memories. In the past three months, for them the USA has become much closer to Switzerland, and they made friendships that will last a lifetime. They speak full of admiration about our American colleagues, who received them so friendly with wide open arms. They are pleased and thankful for the opportunity to have become more familiar with America and that country's people in this way.
At this point, we would like to extend our grateful thanks across the ocean to our American friends, who took in our three trainees in their USA Daetwyler family and made it possible for them to have such an unforgettable experience. A big thank you also to our trainees for doing this trailblazing work and paving the way for future trainee exchanges.