People Creating Places: Tyler Lerdahl

People Creating Places is Schemmer's blog about our professionals, the people who create the places where you live, work, and play.


Get To Know Tyler

Tyler Lerdahl is the Omaha Metro Area Transportation Team Lead. He has 11 years of experience with Schemmer.

Tyler Lerdahl

Tyler joined Schemmer as an intern in 2012. He continued working for Schemmer while finishing school and started full-time in 2013. He earned his license in 2018.

"When I first started out, I was doing plan production, a little bit of design, just figuring out how a project moves from beginning to end. Now, I'm doing the majority of design and some project management." he said.

Tyler is passionate about applying technology to the design process. "We start out with 2D lines on a flat computer screen and I enjoy being able to take that and give it some life and turn them into a 3D model. We can really see how the project is going to look and built out in the real world."

Outside of work, Tyler is a full-time dad. He has two young kids and another on the way. "So it's going to be a little chaotic. They take up most of my time," he said with a smile. "When I do get a little free time, I like playing on my computer which I built myself."

When asked what advice he would give to someone just coming into the career field, he said, "Don't be concerned when you don't know everything."

"School teaches you certain things but there's a lot to learn, and you learn a lot of that on the job," he said. "Also, don't be afraid to go to a more experienced engineer and let them help you."

Tyler usually starts his workday around 8:00 a.m. where he jumps right into work. "I usually have a pretty good idea of my priority project of the day. I'm always keeping an eye on email, and phone calls, if anything pops up, I try to get those taken care of immediately so there's no delays."

Tyler says his favorite part of his job is completing projects. "Knowing all of the work my team and I have put in, the hours, and how much has gone into a set of plans to make them as good as they can be, and hitting that deadline, and hitting submit. It's really satisfying."

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