#FutureInYourHands – This motto properly describes how TÜV SÜD empowers its employees. It’s best to hear from TÜV SÜD executives and staff members what their personal experiences are working for TÜV SÜD.
Can you discuss your role within TÜV SÜD?
I work in the Holland, MI environmental lab as a Project Manager. I joined TÜV SÜD about 10 years ago, working as a Technician. After a couple of years, I transitioned into a Project Manager position. In my role, I work closely with many different automotive clients that produce electrical components, such as power distribution modules, exterior lighting, as well as interior climate control devices. I help facilitate various projects through our lab to ensure the testing is performed correctly and the client is satisfied.
How did you choose this career path?
As a kid, I always liked to tinker with things. I enjoyed taking things apart to see how they worked, and then putting them back together. As a teenager, I was drawn to automobiles and the customization process, leading me to work on mine and my friends’ cars. After graduation, I decided to go to tech school and begin a career as an Automotive Test Technician. The role suited me well, so I grew my career within the industry.
What do you enjoy most about your role and working at TÜV SÜD?
I like working with people. I enjoy working directly with clients, it’s very rewarding to help customers through tough timelines or product issues. I also really like collaborating with the members on my team and enjoy being a part of training to help them develop in their own careers.
Are there challenges you've faced in your career that have taught you important lessons?
I have learned many lessons over the course of my career. One of the lessons that resonates most with me is no matter how stressful a situation may seem, it’s always possible to overcome it and succeed. It’s important to take time to think through a problem and seek out advice from valuable resources. It’s very likely that someone has already experienced the same situation and is more than willing to help.
What do you think the industry will look like 20 years from now?
I think 20 years from now, the automotive industry will be very different from what we see today. Technology is constantly evolving and growing at an exponential rate. I believe electric vehicles will be more prominent in society. However, I also think technology will continue to experience more innovative iterations as time goes on, so battery-powered vehicles won’t always be the trendy solution. We will most likely see changes to the interior of vehicles as well, with designs being more tailored to passenger comfort and driver experience. I don’t believe we will see fully autonomous vehicles for consumers quite yet. They’ll most likely be used for delivery and public transportation purposes, but there will be many new controls and safety features to assist drivers.
When not working, how do you spend your spare time?
I spend a lot of time outdoors. I love to go hunting, fishing, and camping. During the summer, my wife, our two kids and I like to camp near the beach. We also enjoy riding bikes and hiking through the woods. My kids are young, so it’s exciting to watch them become more interested in the outdoors.
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