Meet our instructors

Infrared Training Center Staff - North America

Headquartered in Nashua, NH with regional office locations spread throughout the world, the Infrared Training Center is committed to training excellence. As an ISO 9001 certified business, we are devoted to continuous improvement across our operations, curriculum development, content delivery, and support resources to ensure the highest quality deliverables and learning experience for our students.

Ronald D. Lucier

Senior Instructor
  • ASNT NDT Level III TIR #48004

Practicing and teaching thermography since 1984 in industries as diverse as power generation, paper, refining, petro-chemical, gas transmission/distribution, and manufacturing Ron is an internationally recognized expert in practical thermography and education. In fact, he started one of the nation’s first infrared predictive maintenance programs in the commercial nuclear power industry, so he is uniquely suited to teaching practical thermography to beginners and experts alike.

John Waggoner

Senior Instructor
  • ITC Level III Thermographer
  • Certified Power Quality (CPQ), Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
  • Level I Ultrasound
  • NFPA Certified in Electrical Safety and Arc Flash
  • OSHA Certified General Industry Safety 10 & 30 Hour

Combining more than 25 years in the electrical preventive maintenance and power quality assurance disciplines with over a decade of infrared thermography instruction, John brings deep interdisciplinary expertise to ITC. He’s skilled in the use of energized and de-energized test equipment, certified in numerous testing disciplines as well as energized safe work practices, and has installed and maintained solid state and rotary UPS systems. With a thorough expertise in commercial and utility electrical systems, and decades of experience in thermography, John makes even the most complex topics easy to understand and apply safely.

Scott Sammons

Instructor
  • ITC Level III Thermographer
  • FAA part 107 certified Remote Pilot

Scott has been a thermography instructor for over 10 years, teaching Level I, Level II, and Level I sUAS thermography IR certification classes across the United States. Before transitioning to the field of thermography, Scott worked in the aviation industry serving as a commercial airline Captain. He became a BPI Certified building analysist in 2013, adding to skills he acquired while also working for several years as an IR camera salesman and consultant. Scott draws upon this varied background to bring real-world knowledge to his thermography classes.

Rusty Bushee

Instructor
  • ITC Level III Thermographer

An expert in the mechanical, electrical, and HVAC systems common to manufacturing facilities, Rusty ran his facility’s thermography reliability maintenance program before joining ITC. He brings this deep knowledge of industrial systems, decades of practical knowledge, and over 10 years to teaching experience to every class.

Mike McMurrain

Instructor
  • ITC Level II Thermographer, IBEW Journeyman Wireman, Ultrasonic L1 + FFT

Mike is a Journeyman Wireman by trade, and has been involved in construction projects such as powerplants, mining, biotech, medical, telecom, airports, and manufacturing. He has instructed in the field, classroom, and online in over a dozen countries over several decades. Mike specializes in electrical predictive and preventative maintenance from power generation to signal, and has spent many years teaching and designing curriculum for infrared, ultrasound, power quality, deenergized, arc flash, building envelope, indoor air quality, and HVAC.

Bill Schwahn

Instructor
  • ITC Level III Master Thermographer
  • FAA part 107 certified Remote Pilot

"Bill instructs Level I, Level II, and Level III Thermography courses, plus L1 sUAS Thermography and Optical Gas Imaging. Prior to working for FLIR, Bill was the owner of a general property inspection and thermography company in Bozeman, Montana."

Brian Burns

Instructor
  • ITC Level III Master Thermographer

Brian has been teaching for the Infrared Training Center since 2016 and specializes in power generation, manufacturing, and quality applications. Prior to joining ITC, he worked for over 9 years conducting thermal inspection on mechanical, building, and electrical systems. Brian and his wife Cindy live in Old Orchard Beach, ME and just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. In his spare time, Brian enjoys playing his guitar, golfing and spending time with his family and friends.

Jeff Sneed

Instructor
  • ITC Level III Master Thermographer

Jeff has more than 10 years of experience in Thermography, including five years of thermography training experience, plus a broad exposure to professional NDT certifications in vibration, ultrasound, motor testing, and oil analysis. His vast facility maintenance background includes maintaining infrastructure, high- and low- voltage electrical equipment, mechanical systems, and robotics.

Infrared Training Center Staff - Latin America

The Infrared Training Center’s Latin America staff offers decades of practical experience in thermal imaging for applications ranging from industrial condition monitoring to methane detection. Together, they have trained thousands of students to perform thermal inspections safely and efficiently, ensuring they get the most out of their investment in thermal technology.

Laerte dos Santos

Instructor
  • ITC Level III Master Thermographer
  • ASNT NDT Certified (#191698)
  • ABENDI Category 3 (#14372)

Laerte brings unique insight on thermography certification to the ITC as a member of the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) thermography committee and the Brazilian Association of Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection (ABENDI) working group that developed thermographic certifications based on ISO 1972 and ISO 18436-7. He also spent more than 20 years working in the specification, acceptance, and calibration of thermographic cameras as well as the inspection, testing, and development of procedures for high voltage equipment, optical gas imaging, ultraviolet imaging. Laerte holds a degree in IT as well as a master's degree and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, both of which focused on thermography applied to electrical power systems.

Edgar D. Hidalgo

Instructor
  • ITC Level III Master Thermographer
  • CBM Specialist

With more than 20 years of experience in thermography and other condition-based maintenance technologies, Edgar is an excellent resource for students working in a variety of industries, including power generation, industrial papermaking, refining, gas transmission/distribution, and manufacturing. He’s committed to passing on his knowledge of both cameras and analysis software through the Level I, Level II, Level III, OGI, Furnace Inspection, and Electrical courses he teaches for ITC in Latin America and the US.

Nalter Camargo Santos

Instructor
  • Level II and CAT II Thermographer
  • ABENDI Category 3 (#32552)

Nalter has extensive experience with cameras and software that he brings to all the Level I, CAT I, OGI, and Electricity courses he teaches for the ITC. His 30 years of thermal camera use extends across a wide variety of applications, including power generation (hydro, thermal, solar, and wind), power transmission lines, auto manufacturing, military, oil & gas, UAS, and mining.

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