Hope Cicero, Project Engineer, Channellock

What is your current role in manufacturing?

Channellock manufactures American made hand tools. As a Project Engineer, my daily duties vary. Some days, I spend a decent portion of my day troubleshooting a piece of equipment or testing a new item that helps us to make our product. Other days, it is more focused on things at my desk – prepping for project implementations, working in CAD software, working within our ERP system, or preparing for the meetings that I lead.

Describe your path to get to where you are today.

I went to Grove City College for mechanical engineering and graduated in 2021. After my sophomore year of college, I was an intern at Peters’ Heat Treating. I started an internship at Channellock in 2020 and have been with the company ever since.

What is your Superpower?

Problem-solving! My college education prepared me with ways to think about solving problems, as well as cultivating a strong work-ethic.

What do you think the future holds for your career or others you inspire?

Advice for inspiring the future workforce – if you are undecided on a career path, you can always start working in a manufacturing company working in production while you figure out what you would like to do next. College isn’t for everyone and you might find out that you love what you are doing without risking going into a lot of student debt.