What's next for the Class of 2018: Tyler Elf

As Purdue Polytechnic’s May 2018 graduates move into their careers, we are profiling a few and finding out their future plans and how they arrived at this point in their lives.


Tyler ElfTyler Elf, Lafayette, Indiana

Project Engineer, McCarthy Building Companies, Manhattan, Kansas


Bachelor’s degree in building construction management and healthcare construction management

Job duties

Document control (RFIs, submittals, change orders, etc.); supervision and coordination of subcontractor field installations; monitor and document job site safety.

Purdue classes that helped Tyler prepare for his job

Because McCarthy is one of the bigger healthcare constructors in the United States, both courses in healthcare construction management were tremendously helpful. BCM 17500 (Construction Materials and Methods) was also very helpful to me as I do not have any family background in construction.

If you had a favorite experience, what was it, and why?

I was a part of a few competitions throughout my time in Construction Management and I think those were very helpful in putting what I have been taught in the classroom to the ultimate test.

In what other ways did the college or University help prepare you for your new position?

Purdue Polytechnic and the Construction Management program have faculty and staff that are invested in you on what seems like a personal level. I have never seen a program so in touch with their students.

Who would you like to thank as you finish your time at Purdue and start your career?

  • My wife, Ellen, as she supported me every step of the way in this endeavor.

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