Civil engineering grad flies high in airport consulting job
MU graduate Tyler Horn currently spends his days working as a civil engineer in the aviation department of the consulting firm Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (CMT), where he works on civil engineering projects for Missouri airports.
Horn’s job involves designing plans for airport construction projects, ranging in size from small general aviation facilities to major airports such as Lambert. Horn also goes on-site to airports and inspects the projects during the construction phase.
He said he finds satisfaction in both the tangibility and permanence of his projects at CMT. “You’re doing work that’s meant to last,” he said. “You actually see the results of your work, you get to see the project be put in place.”
Horn’s experience with CMT started early in his college career. “I wanted to start using my summers to work internships to gain experience right off the bat,” he said. He applied to 16 different companies the summer after his freshman year. CMT accepted his application, and he interned with them until he graduated in spring 2013, when they offered him a permanent job at the company.
Horn believes his internships and his work as an undergraduate research assistant played a large part in getting him where he is today. “There is a huge amount of real world experience you can find, where you’re not just going to school to learn out of a textbook — you’re learning how to apply yourself,” he said.
Horn participated in an undergraduate research project as part of Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Carlos Sun’s airport engineering course, which was submitted to the national 2013 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Design Competition. The project won third place in the category for Airport Environmental Interactions.
“I would highly recommend doing undergraduate research while in school,” said Horn. “That’s a great way of going outside your classes to get some really good real-world experience.”
For Horn, there is enjoyment to be found in the unique sets of challenges provided by every project he tackles. “Each one is different — you rarely have the same challenges,” he said. “It’s nice to see the results of your work. And after its completed, you move on to something new.”