Employee Spotlight: Thomas Landrey



Senior Safety Compliance EngineerThomas Landrey

senior safety compliance engineer 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 the company?
The role of Safety Compliance Engineer is to evaluate products going to market to the shock and fire hazard requirements in applicable standards to ensure the products are safe. A ‘Senior’ Safety Compliance Engineer adds supporting the ELS Department, providing internal solutions, review and training others, as well as developing innovation to the list of responsibilities.

How did you choose this career path?
While working as a Production Technician in the manufacturing industry, I was asked to work with the engineering department to help improve the production yield with process modifications. This exposure to engineering fueled my genuine desire to become an engineer, so I accepted a Safety Compliance Engineering position back in 1998. This challenging field seems to suit my interests perfectly; it’s hard to believe I have been doing safety compliance for more than 20 years. 

What do you enjoy most about your job and working at TÜV SÜD?
I’ve always liked taking things apart to see how they work. Apart from the people, I enjoy the journey of getting a new product and learning how it works and how it is constructed.  Also, it is very interesting to work with such a wide variety of products.

Are there challenges you've faced in your career that have taught you important lessons?
I’ve learned that it’s best to do things right the first time. I believe putting in that extra time and effort will always pay off in the long run, which benefits both TÜV SÜD and the customer.  Also, I’ve learned to be open to new areas for development, as you never stop learning.

What do you think the industry will look like 20 years from now?
Considering the progress over the last 20 years, I am sure future developments will be just as significant. I imagine TÜV SÜD’s systems will be fully integrated and built to efficiently provide our services worldwide in a world that will be more closely aligned and harmonized with the global standards. I also think safety compliance will be more commonly considered and implemented during the product design phase, as customers learn the benefits and there is an increased efficiency to address the regulatory requirements on the front end of the product launch. 

When not working, how do you spend your spare time?
I have two fun, energetic boys, and we enjoy listening to music, going to concerts and watching movies. 

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