Sr. Estimator

Coraopolis, PA
Full Time
Mid Level

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American Bridge Company

Job Description 

Job Title:

Senior Estimator



Reports To:

Estimating Manager/Sr. Estimating Manager


Corporate (Coraopolis, PA)

FLSA Status:


Revision Date:




The Senior Estimator is responsible for preparing estimating components and estimates from start of bidding process through bid close-out. Duties include: Specification Review, Drawing Review, Coordination and performing quantity take-off, Means and Method Planning, Scheduling, Pricing all direct and indirect job costs, Soliciting and Scoping subcontractors and suppliers, and close-out of the bid. The Senior Estimator may manage portions of large estimates or complete smaller estimates. The Senior Estimator will be responsible for several scopes of work during the bid process.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform full quantity take-offs on projects and/or direct others in preparation of take-offs.
  • Manage complete estimates on projects up to $100M with a focus on bridge and marine structures consisting of suspension bridges, girder bridges, movable bridges, cruise facilities and other complex structural steel and concrete structures.
  • Complete component estimating on projects ranging from $100M to $3B+
  • Solicitation of all required subcontractors and suppliers on each project.  Ability to identify scope and delineate lines of responsibilities for subcontractors and suppliers.
  • Develop bid schedule for internal purposes and CPM schedule for submission with bids as required.
  • Responsible for cash flow analysis, buy/sell equipment analysis, developing risk register and proposal writing
  • Active participant in pre-bid reviews.
  • Must have the ability to translate conceptual design, project drawings, CPM schedule, and technical specifications of a bridge, marine, or complex construction projects in to full-scope cost estimates with accurate cost forecasting.
  • Utilizes existing cost history, estimating software (HCSS, Blue Beam, P6, Procore, AutoCAD, etc.), and other resources to perform the company estimating function.
  • Analyzes alternative solutions and construction methods to increase competitiveness of bids.
  • Possesses thorough knowledge of estimating techniques, engineering means and methods, materials, construction techniques, and services.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with joint venture partners, consultants, subs, and suppliers.
  • Establishes various data rate files for labor, equipment, and materials for the local market in which project is being bid.
  • Travels to project sites to assess progress of various company-wide projects, attend project meetings, and perform site investigations as needed.
  • Supports corporate safety initiatives in a company with a strong safety culture.  Additionally, works safely and keep safety incidents to a minimum.
  • Performs all other duties required during the project cycle and other duties as assigned by the Estimating Manager or Vice President, Estimating.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Must be able to legally work in the United States.
  • Must be willing to work in a drug-free environment and agree to a post offer drug test.
  • Must be willing to work safely and keep OSHA recordable incidents to a minimum.
  • 7-10 years of progressive combined construction project management and estimating experience on bridges, structures, and/or heavy highway projects.
  • 3-5+ years as an Estimator in the heavy civil industry.  Experience through the entire project life cycle, from estimate to project closeout.
  • Structural steel rehabilitation including retrofit, reinforcing and steel replacement is a plus.
  • Rehabilitation of suspension bridges including main cable and suspender rehabilitation experience is a plus.
  • Proven success in winning profitable bridge and heavy civil construction projects over $50M
  • Proven success in winning large profitable bridge and heavy civil construction projects as part of a team of estimators over $500M.
  • Experience working on various types of projects including Bid-Build (LS, Unit Price) Design-Build, CMGC, Joint Venture Projects.
  • Experience in New Construction, Structural Repairs, and Demolition of Steel and Concrete Structures.
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills are a must.
  • Ability to work independently on estimates up to $100M and as part of a larger team on estimates over $500M.
  • Must be willing to travel as needed to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Education and/or Experience     

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from four-year college or university; and 7-10 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Proficiency in HCSS Heavy Bid, Electronic Takeoff Software, AutoCAD, Excel, Primavera P6 is a plus

Supervisory Responsibilities       

Has mentoring responsibilities of Estimators and Co-ops (interns) within the company.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Current driver's license
  • P.E. licensure in the United States preferred, but not required.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, technical business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to high level questions from groups of executives, managers, clients, customers, and the general public.  Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations; listens and gains clarity from others; responds well to questions.

Mathematical Skills        

Must have strong business and financial acumen.  Should have a strong understanding of engineering calculations, percent complete accounting, cash flow, financial formulas to gauge the health of the organization, etc. 

Reasoning Ability

Must have the ability to make sound decision and demonstrate strong intellectual capabilities.  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of database systems, internet software; advanced knowledge of Excel including use of formulas, Word, and PowerPoint Software, and other computer-related concepts.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment is mostly in an office environment; however, this individual will travel to project sites frequently.   The office work is generally sedentary in nature, but may require standing and walking for up to 20% of the time. The working environment is generally favorable. Lighting and temperature are adequate, and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust, etc.  While visiting job sites, the individual is regularly exposed to work near moving mechanical parts and outdoor weather conditions.  Additionally, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals.  Finally, the individual will be exposed to significant heights and limited walkways, which will require the use of a fall arrest system.  The noise level at project construction sites are usually loud.

While traveling to project sites, the individual will be exposed to typical vehicle and airplane hazards experienced by common commuters and travelers.

EOE Statement

American Bridge Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and employment selection is based on merit, qualifications, and abilities.  American Bridge does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, Veteran status or any other characteristics.


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