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Electrical Estimator - Oil and Gas


Minneapolis, MN, US Bloomington, MN, US

Requisition ID: 119379 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Department: Estimating 

Market: OGC 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Prepares, reviews and presents discipline estimates for specific project proposal activities. Provides estimating assistance and guidance to projects, develops conceptual estimates and performs cost analysis. Responsible for assisting in the development of discipline/service estimators, developing and updating historical databases, and assisting in the development of department procedures. Provides direction to others on project/program level tasks.

District Overview

Cherne Contracting is one of Kiewit’s oldest districts. Founded in 1916. Cherne is a valuable part of Kiewit and is well known for safety and quality of execution in amazing projects within the oil, gas and chemical sectors. Alone and with other Kiewit districts through internal joint ventures, Cherne not only provides challenges but the stability and career development opportunities expected in a world-class multi-billion-dollar organization. 


This position will be based out of Bloomington, MN.


  • Develop complete estimates for large, complex jobs. 
  • Review owner plans and specifications to develop a comprehensive understanding of the project; develop plan for the actual construction to serve as basis for the estimate.
  • Reviews all bid and contract documents and home office legal department opinions.  
  • Conduct site investigation prior to forming a plan of operations to identify any problems or conditions of an unusual nature that may be present.  
  • Utilize engineer techniques and procedures to conduct investigation and adhere to standard company policy and procedures.
  • Perform design work as required by the project that is beyond the estimator scope of experience; handle any major technical problems encountered during bid preparation. 
  • Stay abreast of trends and developments, such as new equipment, methods and procedures that are developing in the industry. 
  • Solicit RFQ's to Subcontractors and material suppliers as necessary.  
  • Consult with owners on various problems discovered during bid preparation, design, rates, schedules, etc. 



  • Ability to travel as needed to project sites for long periods of time (this could be a week or 3 months+ at times with turn around)
  • Undergraduate degree in construction management, construction engineering, civil engineer, architecture, or related field.
  • 5+ years' estimating experience preferred where you have been the lead estimator for at least half that time.  Extensive knowledge and demonstrated experience with complex EPC OGC projects
  • Passion for preconstruction and estimating.
  • Applicant must be familiar with conceptual, hard bid, and self-perform estimating.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Must be detail-oriented and technically sound with good communication skills.
  • Strong work ethic is a must.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to utilize computers, and experience with Microsoft Office, On-Screen Takeoff, Hard Dollar, Timberline and/or MC2, or other estimating software programs.
  • Interested in professional development and continued education.
  • Ability to comprehend the National Electrical Code and apply to project estimates.
  • Extensive knowledge of electrical and instrumentation systems and ability to field route commodities not listed on drawings.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll work on at Cherne. With mechanical and heavy industrial projects across North America, you’ll be challenged and have more opportunities to grow from Day One.

At Cherne, you'll develop multidiscipline capabilities to grow your knowledge of self-performed construction services in areas like equipment, civil/structural, electrical, instrumentation and insulation work, in addition to the core mechanical services— all while helping people across the globe live better.

If you're looking for a career that can take you places, look no further.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, paid parental and maternity leave, and generous paid time off.

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

Job Segment: Estimator, Electrical, Engineer, Instrumentation, Construction Engineer, Finance, Engineering