20 October 2015

Interview with an Instrumentation Engineer

Victor Das Neves joined TVA in 1992 and now has been working for the company longer than anyone else within the group. Twenty-three years later, he is still here, with about 15 customer assignments under his belt. He spent 36 months at TECHNIP on the Pelude-FLNG project, relating to a floating natural gas liquefaction unit, where he served as Coordinator with the main automation supplier (system and small implementation). Victor recently started a new assignment at HEURTEY Petrochem in Vincennes.

Victor Das Neves TVA Group

What is your current role at HEURTEY Petrochem ?

‘I am an Instrumentation Engineer. It’s a fairly broad field, and my expertise focuses more on the equipment and instruments than on the control system. HEURTEY Petrochem specialises in the supply of industrial ovens. I am in charge of writing specifications and carrying the after-order monitoring of all the instrumentation to ensure lighting, operation, and safety, if necessary.’

When you are not on assignment with a customer, what do you do?

‘That doesn’t happen very often, but the few times it has in my 23 years with TVA, I worked in the Engineering Office to provide on-the-fly assistance, particularly in the selection of materials.’

After 23 years with TVA Group, how do you feel about your company?

‘This is a group that has grown with me. At first, we had about twenty people, and now, we have about 150. It’s more difficult now, but really, that’s what I appreciate right now, that we stick together. We have already been through some hard times. I am proud to be part of this company.’

With your expertise and your experience, you must have had other opportunities. Why have you chosen to stay with TVA?

‘If I stayed with TVA, it is because everything is clear here. There is a close relationship that exists with management, which you don’t necessarily find at other companies. With a direct relationship, there isn’t so much of a chain of command. Also, I appreciate the company’s transparency and accessibility.’

How do you see your role as an ambassador of TVA Group to your customers?

‘I represent and honour my company through the quality of my work and my seniority. I help to place colleagues, but that is not always obvious. A lot depends on the character of each person, and it’s not my primary job.’

Thanks to Victor Das Neves for his availability and honest responses. We look forward to many more years of working with him.