As one of the first Swiss companies in the US, Feintool started training young high school graduates as toolmakers in Cincinnati in 1987, based on the Swiss dual system. The qualified toolmakers can gain practical experience as well as completing a specific college diploma. Feintool retains the majority of former trainees as qualified specialists.
During "job shadowing", interested students at Great Oaks High School initially complete regular, short placements at Feintool during their last year of school, which can lead to a training contract when they graduate. During the vocational training, Cincinnati State College conveys the basic principles of mechanical engineering and tool making over almost 600 hours, in the evening and on weekends, and awards a coveted college diploma upon successful completion of the training.
Future toolmakers obtain the necessary practical skills at Feintool’s production facility in Cincinnati. Trainees quickly become fully integrated team members and even receive an apprentice wage, which is unusual in the US. Feintool also pays school fees if the student performs well.
Feintool has now also extended this training commitment to its second US location in Nashville. The first toolmaker started training at this location at the start of 2016.
Vocational training programs