Employee Spotlight: Antonio Cardoso



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Senior thermographer at TÜV SÜD GRC

#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 the company?
I am a certified Senior Thermographer reporting to TÜV SÜD GRC’s UK location for non-destructive testing. I have a 5-year degree in Electrical Engineering and have been involved in this field since 2015. My work allows me to travel and I uphold responsibilities in many different areas, including Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay.

What do you enjoy most about your job and working at TÜV SÜD GRC?
I enjoy the flexibility and freedom of the role. I’m not bound to a single space, I’m able to travel and conduct my work in the field. I’m all too familiar with many departure gates in South America. Another aspect of my role that I enjoy is the communication I have with colleagues and clients. My travels have allowed me to gain many foreign contacts. As of right now, I am in Portugal, but will be returning to South America soon.

Can you provide an international perspective to GRC services?
The clients I work with have a very good impression of our services and TÜV SÜD GRC. As a Thermographer, I use hot spot findings to give an analysis to clients as to why a spot appears in a certain area and the best pathway to solve it. The solution often involves being multidisciplinary - a mixture of electrical, chemical and material engineering. Some techniques we use differentiate us and make us stand out to customers. Additionally, we provide consulting services and utilize thermography cameras to provide accurate information about issues and resolutions to our clients. Maintaining client relationships is also a very important aspect of the job.

How are you staying motivated during the current COVID-19 quarantine?
I’m keeping busy with paperwork and answering emails. Though the current situation is far from ideal, it’s important to stay motivated and strive to improve; I try to occupy my time. I also keep a record of the evolution of the coronavirus throughout the world, so I can stay informed. The world is dealing with a huge problem right now, but I am optimistic it will go away within the next few months.

While keeping busy with work, how do you stay connected with your family and friends?
Traveling is a regular part of my job, so it is normal for me spend time away from my family and friends. However, I talk to my kids every day through different social apps, so we can stay connected despite being separated. I’ve also been using Skype and Microsoft Teams to communicate with colleagues. Every Friday, TÜV SÜD hosts an online meetup for employees all over the world to join. I’ve enjoyed contributing to various topics of conversation through these virtual meetings.

When not working, how do you spend your spare time?
When I'm not in South America, I spend my time with my kids. The plans have changed due to the current situation, but I don't usually stay in Portugal this long.

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