Estimator- Major Projects


  • Responsible of estimates for one or more specific techniques related to specialty foundation construction and heavy civil works.
  • Preparation and Wrap-up of technical and commercial proposals;
  • Provide technical assistance to clients;
  • Coordination of engineering and methods;
  • Technical, financial & contractual risk assessment;
  • Hand-over of acquired contracts to operations.
Essential Functions:    

  • Review proposal specifications and drawings to determine scope of work, attend pre-bid meetings, conduct site visits, interact with operations staff to develop work approach, prepare quantity takeoffs and input data into computerized estimating software (HCSS Heavy Bid)
  • Review design options and recommend best solution based on cost, engineering quality, or availability of materials. 
  • Work directly with staff and operations department on completing various project estimates and documentation
  • Manage the available bid time to insure accurate and timely preparation of a assigned portion of estimate.
  • Maintain files of working documents as back-up for estimates figures including current (accurate) information on prices from suppliers through direct contact, sales brochures, price lists, etc. 
  • Organize and detail the estimate so that it can be easily understood for review purposes and efficiently turned over to field personnel
  • Review and incorporate historical data from purchase orders, subcontracts and productivity analysis reports, etc. into current estimates
  • Ensures estimate accuracy to the maximum extent reasonable and achievable 
  • Maintain the highest standards of professionalism, fairness and ethical behavior when representing Nicholson to clients, engineers, vendors, and partners
  • Ability to freely access all points of a construction site in wide ranging climates and environments
  • Travel is required for this role
Education & Training:    

  • BS Degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Construction Engineering or equivalent degree and experience.

  • 2-5 years estimating experience,
  • Plus 2-5 years of experience in Engineering/Management related to heavy highway or heavy industrial construction projects
Knowledge and Abilities:    

  • Knowledge and expertise of geotechnical construction
  • Advanced knowledge of estimating techniques and cost control, plus ability to interpret computerized cost data and systems essential. 
  • Software skills to include: HCSS Heavy Bid, Excel, PowerPoint, Word (Microsoft office) 
Physical Requirements:    

  • Lift, carry, pull and push at least 40 pounds
  • Travel per the company travel policy, sometimes overnight and away from home
  • Able to concentrate at a high degree in a busy and noisy construction environment
Mental Requirements:    

  • Converse effectively using both verbal and written communication.
  • Make decisions and assume accountability
  • Concentrate on tasks
  • Demonstrate ability to manage stress and emotions as related to the workplace
  • Attention to detail
  • Identify and resolve conflict
  • Assess safety and risk

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Safe Harbor Retirement Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Vacation
  • Personal days
  • Sick days

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