Hargrove Controls & Automation engineer achieves TÜV Rheinland certification

Feb. 22, 2024
Process Safety Leader Chet Barton certified as functional safety expert

Chet Barton, process safety leader at Hargrove Controls & Automation, a system integrator and subsidiary of global EPC firm Hargrove Engineers & Constructors, received the TÜV Rheinland functional safety (FS) expert certification.

Barton (Figure 1) has been certified as a functional safety engineer with TÜV Rheinland since 2010. After gaining years of experience and fulfilling all requirements, such as participating in standard committees, submitting technical papers, presenting at technical symposiums and obtaining two letters of recommendation, Barton has now achieved the functional safety expert certificate in safety instrumented systems.

"I am deeply honored to receive the FS expert certificate from TÜV Rheinland, the most recognized testing service provider in the world in the process safety field,” Barton said. “This marks a significant milestone in my career; I leveraged my years of experience, community involvement, and dedication to educating others for this achievement. I am committed to mentoring and guiding others in the crucial practice of enhancing facility safety. This certificate represents the next step in my journey, allowing me to contribute more effectively to our shared goal of a safer industry. For me, this achievement is more than just a personal accomplishment; it's a commitment to making a real difference in the world.”

"We are incredibly proud of Chet’s achievement," said Karen Griffin, vice president of Hargrove Controls & Automation. "This prestigious certificate is a testament to Chet's dedication, expertise, and his unwavering commitment to safety in the industrial automation sector. His accomplishment not only elevates his professional stature, but also reinforces Hargrove's commitment to maintaining the highest standards of safety and technical excellence.” Griffin received the certification in January.

The TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety & Cybersecurity Training Program, established in 2004 in collaboration with multinational enterprises, encompasses both functional safety and cybersecurity (FS & CySec) with its content and competencies validated by a neutral third party. To date, the program has had more than 18,000 engineers has earned the functional safety certification.