Job Purpose: To analyze blueprints, specifications, proposals, and other documentation in order to prepare time, cost, and labor estimates for products, projects, and/or services while applying knowledge of specialized methodologies, techniques, principals, and processes.
Assesses cost effectiveness of projects while tracking actual costs relative to bids as the project develops.
Participates in marketing company services to owners, developers, and other general contractors.
Initiates and maintains liaison with clients, A/E firms, vendors, and subcontractors to facilitate positive relationships and communication.
Monitors estimating labor and equipment rates.
Reviews all bid documents prior to bid and closes out bids.
Conducts special studies to develop and establish standard hour and related cost data or to effect cost reduction.
Confers with engineers, owners, contractors, and subcontractors on changes and adjustments to cost estimates.
Consults with clients, vendors, and construction foremen to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues.
Hosts Post bid (in house) project review with project team.
Visits projects on a regular basis with emphasis on those projects with unusual risks or performance problems. Offers recommendations to the project team for possible improvements.
Assists Project Managers with change order development.
Assists Project Managers with developing project budgets.
Performs other incidental and related duties as required and assigned.
Before laborers or equipment operators set foot on a project, there are often hundreds of hours into bidding and winning the opportunity to build the job. Whenever a project opportunity emerges, it’s the estimator’s responsibility to figure out how to build the job, calculate quantities and timelines, and ultimately assign a dollar figure for what it’ll take to do the job profitably, yet competitively. Too low and they jeopardize the project from the start, and too high the company won’t win any work.Learn More