Estimators compile and analyze data on all the factors that can influence costs-such as materials, labor, location, and special machinery requirements, including any permit requirements for industrial, commercial, and institutional construction.
Five or more years’ construction experience, gained through work in the industry, internships, or cooperative education programs.
Bachelor’s degree (BA) from four-year college or university with a degree in building construction, construction management, construction science, engineering, or architecture and two or more years’ construction experience, gained through work in the industry, internships, or cooperative education programs as an estimator. Thorough knowledge of construction materials, cost, and procedures in areas ranging from heavy construction to electrical work, plumbing systems, or masonry.
- Ability to work collaboratively as a team.
- Assertiveness and self-confidence in presenting and supporting conclusions.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Aptitude for mathematics; ability to quickly analyze, compare, and interpret detailed and sometimes poorly defined information, and be able to make sound and accurate judgments based on this knowledge.
- Excellent understanding of construction specifications or blueprints. Ability to read and interpret project drawing, mentally transcribing and understanding geometric objects from a 2D to 3D space.
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
- Intermediate knowledge of computers including word processing, spreadsheet software, and special estimating systems.
- Prioritize tasks.
- Handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
- Attend pre-bid meetings and make site visit, if applicable.
- Order bid bond, if necessary.
- Secure a bid runner, if necessary.
- Meet with owner if project is design-build.
- Work with a design team on design-build projects. Review documents prior to solicitation to request further detail/design as required for pricing.
- Invitations to Bid: Select suppliers and subcontractors (distribution list) based on scope of work, location, etc. Distribute the invitations and monitor engagement from suppliers and subcontractors.
- Determine the quantity of materials and labor for a project. Quantity survey or “takeoff” involves completing standard estimating forms, filling in dimensions, number of units, and other information.
- On completion of the quantity surveys, prepare total project cost summary, including the costs of labor, equipment and subcontract, overhead, taxes, insurance, markup, and any other costs that may affect the project.
- Make decisions concerning equipment needs, sequence of operations, and crew size. Allowances for waste of material, inclement weather, shipping delays, and other factors that may increase costs also must be incorporated in the estimate.
- Research material suppliers and/or subcontractors; secure least costly, reliable, and complete quote. Research of material suppliers for specialty items is often required. Send specifications and/or takeoff to obtain quote.
- Review plans and specs with suppliers and subcontractors as necessary.
- Computer generated reports include take-off, quantity survey calculations, estimate detail, material, labor, equipment and subcontract reports, estimate comparison and selective subdivision reports.
- Identify the major “holes” in the documents that are needed for a construction process/task to be completed; analyze the risk associated with this missing information, consult other experts for solutions, and price accordingly.
- Submit RFIs for clarity on missing or contradictory scope items within documents.
- Track addenda – send copies of addenda to confirmed suppliers and/or subcontractors affected.
- If adequate information cannot/will not be provided or design cannot/will not be completed, determine realistic, viable solution/design in order to complete the estimate based on client needs, risks, and cost implications. Work with subcontractors to convey desired scope. Outline decisions in scope qualification, if permitted.
- Review plans with Project Manager if Operators have made assignment prior to bid day.
- Create elementary overall project schedule for determining project costs relating to project duration.
- Prepare spreadsheet for bid day.
- Assemble bid documents, prepare final quote by analyzing supplier and subcontractor quotes on bid day (or as received prior).
- Analyze and maintain list of risk considerations for review with CPO, Senior Estimator, or President & CEO. Consult with CPO, Senior Estimator, and/or President & CEO on margins.
- Review estimate with CPO or Senior Estimator.
- If required by the procurement method, draft proposals outlining total project cost (and/or required breakdown of cost), enumeration of contract document references and qualifications in addition to or differing the contract documents and present to owner if required.
- Provide assistance in securing contracts to perform construction activities by performing risk analysis using cost based metrics.
- Analyze projects for cost savings and prepare a Value Engineering Log if required.
- When required to take a lead role, collaborates with other Estimators to ensure successful completion of project.
- Work with President & CEO to finalize contract, if necessary.
- Review the bid file with the Project Manager, CPO, and Chief Operations Officer; occasionally CPO and President & CEO will attend kick off meeting. Release the project to Operations; consult with PM when necessary throughout the duration of the project.
This is a summary of the job responsibilities as an Estimator with Lantz Construction Company.