In his own words: Trent Zolnai, Cost Estimator, Starn Tool & Manufacturing

What or who fueled your interest in manufacturing?

I have multiple family members in the trade and math was one of my strong suits in school. I figured manufacturing would be a good fit for me.

What is your current role in manufacturing?

I am currently in our engineering department as a Cost Estimator. My day to day responsibilities consist of quoting, job order set up, sales, and customer service.

Describe your path to get to where you are today.

I started my career in manufacturing at the Crawford County Career and Technical Center in 2016. I was hired at Starn Tool in a Co-Op position my senior year. I worked in our CNC Mill Department and CNC Lathe Department for 4 years before moving into my current position in Engineering.

What is your Superpower?

I would say my “superpower” is the ability to work well with others in problem solving situations.

Why is your role important to others – like to customers or end users?

My role is important to others, specifically customers, because many of my responsibilities consist of working with customers, and providing them with quotes, communication, and finished products for the parts/components they need.

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

I am looking forward to the future of my career and expanding my knowledge in my current role. Hopefully this will inspire others to find a role in manufacturing as there are many different opportunities within the trade.