Employee Spotlight: Adrian Rabago



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els west technical lead at TÜV SÜD America

#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 describe your role within TÜV SÜD?
I am currently the ELS West Technical Lead and Site Manager for Portland. I work as the leader of Operations from the Product Safety side of the business for the labs in San Diego, as well as the lab in Portland. On a day-to-day basis, I have a lot of interaction with customers and I answer technical questions from engineers about standards and regulations.

How did you choose this career path?
I believe I fell into it easily. As a kid, I was always fascinated by technology and the latest electronics on the market. I had a strong idea early on that I wanted to pursue electrical engineering. After graduating from university, I began a career working in testing, safety, and compliance and I have stayed on the same path. I’ve been developing my career with TÜV SÜD for the past 14 years.

What do you enjoy most about your job and working at TÜV SÜD?
I’m a people person, so I really enjoy the interaction I have with customers as well as engineers. I am lucky to have been with this company for a while now and I’ve enjoyed watching it grow and expand into what it is today. I also thoroughly enjoy finding solutions to issues and solving complex problems within a team in order to achieve a defined goal.

Are there challenges you've faced in your career that have taught you important lessons?
My position was originally held in San Diego, but I was given the opportunity to relocate to Portland. It was a big change for me at the time because when I moved, I didn’t know anyone, so I faced some challenges trying to navigate my new living situation. The adjustment was difficult at first, but I’ve enjoyed familiarizing myself with a new city and adjusting to the lifestyle.

What do you think the industry will look like 20 years from now?
It’s hard to tell. In my role, I have the opportunity to interact with new technologies and innovations across different fields. I think 3D printing will be a driver. We’ll see a lot more of a prominent use for in-house tech, other than as a hobby. I also think we will see more wireless connectivity in new medical technologies, like implants and overall healthcare, as that industry will most likely experience the most advancement and growth.

When not working, how do you spend your spare time?
I’m a huge baseball fan and always root for the Dodgers. I spend a lot of time with family and playing with kids, who are 8 and 4. We love the outdoors, so going for a bike ride or sightseeing are always fun activities to engage in. Also, building Legos is fun to do after work.

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