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Christopher Hetro

Chris Hetro, 33, works hard and plays hard. “A strong work ethic is important, but finding balance outside of work is important because life is too short and you need to enjoy it,” he explained. As an electrical engineer and project manager at Borton-Lawson, Hetro is responsible for the electrical engineering discipline in the company’s oil and gas and industrial infrastructure business units. In addition to his responsibilities as project manager, he supports the business development activities for the respective groups.

Upon graduating from Penn State with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering, he began his career in the electrical engineering group at FLSmidth, supporting the cement and minerals industries, domestically and internationally. “Our projects often took me to various parts of the world so I had the opportunity to work with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures,” he explained.

When he was not traveling, Hetro pursued his MBA at Lehigh University. “It helped me gain a better understanding for the business, project management and operations sides of the engineering industry,” he said. After about five years in the Lehigh Valley with this work, he was at a crossroads in his career and realized it was time to make a change. An opportunity at Borton-Lawson, gave him the chance to move back home and work with an engineering company that serves a wide variety of clients.

Hetro has several mentors he can confide in at Borton-Lawson and they consistently offer him constructive feedback. “Often times they pose questions for me to think about and that encourages me to find my own route to solutions,” he explained.

Having received great support throughout his life from his father, he said he was taught the value of hard work and the notion that no matter what the task is, if you’re going to do something, do it right. “I would not be the person I am today if it was not for him,” he said.

Hetro enjoys his workout time at the gym and recently became a father. He enjoys coming home to spend time with his wife and child.

He is a registered professional engineer; a member of the Keystone Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers; Leadership Wilkes-Barre Alumni Council (Leadership Wilkes-Barre Graduate 2013); Pennsylvania State University College of Electrical of Engineering Mentorship Program; and Cement Industry Committee Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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