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Mechanical Estimator - Heavy Civil - Northern California District


Fairfield, CA, US

Requisition ID: 135239 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Department: Estimating 

Market: Transportation 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Our mission is to make a difference and we offer opportunities for you to make one too through our diverse project portfolio in Heavy Civil Construction.  Whether we’re boring tunnels through mountains, turning rivers into energy or building bridges that connect communities, we depend on our passionate, skilled, and safety-obsessed construction professionals to get it done right.  In order to win and build  - we need to know how to bid them correctly.   That's where you come in!   We are hiring an experienced, Senior Mechanical Estimator to join our team to develop winning estimates and proposals for our Northern California District.  Our Northern California district had a record year last year and generated $400M in revenue, and will have another record year in 2021! We have $1 billion of water/wastewater treatment opportunities we are currently bidding on for the region, with plans to grow that Water/WW segment to $3B in the next three to five years!  As an estimator - do these numbers sound compelling to you?  Bring your knowledge of mechanical equipment, and your commitment to excellence and accuracy in estimating and in return, we will offer you career and diverse project opportunities and the satisfaction of building the next big thing from the ground up.  You will report directly to the Chief Estimator, and will be responsible for reviewing, analyzing and interpreting Contract Documents (specifications, drawings, and reference information) to develop detailed, comprehensive cost estimates for various projects throughout Kiewit’s markets.  

District Overview

Kiewit is consistently ranked with the top 10 of the Top 400 Contractors according to Engineering News-Record. We have built many of North America’s most iconic construction projects throughout history and have earned a reputation as industry experts in several diverse construction and engineering markets. Because of this and the flexibility in our geographical and technical capabilities, there is no shortage of work or opportunities. Kiewit’s Northern California District is one of Kiewit’s leading infrastructure districts specializing in various types of work in the heavy civil, power, transportation, and water resource markets.  Although most of our work is regionally based in Northern California, we also pursue various projects across the west coast. 


This position will be based out of Fairfield, CA.  We do offer relocation assistance to candidates outside of the area.  


Lead the mechanical estimating team - by revieing the deliverables and construction requirements to develop estimates for Mechanical systems, Piping, Equipment, Pumps, Welding and related mechanical aspects of projects.  Analyze and compile estimate data that impacts the cost of labor, materials, location and other factors to ensure a high quality and timely estimate.  Provide leadership/mentoring and development to more junior estimators on the team.  
Review drawings, specifications and proposed project site conditions; record findings and solicit input from field operations to include in final project estimate.
Analyze alternative solutions and construction methods to increase competitiveness of the bid.
Review “take-off” quantities to ensure accuracy of data used in estimates.
Utilize existing cost history as a check to complete estimate.
Apply mathematical calculations requiring advanced analytical processes 
Ability to develop scope from RFP and work with discipline team to estimate work without gaps or overlaps.
Bring solutions to team with cost analysis.  Identify and assess technical risks and recommend appropriate risk mitigation.
Lead and promote efforts to find innovative estimating methods to generate consistent, cost effective and accurate solutions to tight schedules and quick turnaround on estimates.
Ensure team has resources to identify and define best-cost/best-practice solutions and alternatives for estimates.
Identify relatively common code and spec interpretations that will yield a well-proven, technically compliant but more cost effective, fit-for-purpose design.
Identify changes in scope of work and convey any estimate and/or schedule impact to the team.


BS degree in mechanical, civil or construction-related technology, or related discipline, OR extensive and related engineering or construction work experience leading to a thorough understanding of the knowledge, skills and abilities described above.  
Ideal candidate will have 8+ years' experience in Mechanical Estimating for construction projects (Mechanical equipment/systems, processing equipment, piping, pumps, HVAC, welding equipment, ATC equipment, instrumentation equipment).   Must have experience leading/mentoring other estimators and the desire to continue developing junior estimators.  

Extensive knowledge and demonstrated experience with construction, (Water/Wastewater, Power, Rail, Dams)
Exceptionally strong attention to detail, communication, interpersonal and leadership skills
Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products (e.g. Excel, Work, Outlook, PowerPoint)  Experience using Bluebeam is required; Experience using Quickpen or similar takeoff software for piping required.  
Knowledgeable about industry norms for engineering estimating metrics and ratios, and able to identify and explain reasons for any deviations


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 Kiewit. With contracts in different markets and geographic areas, you’ll tackle new challenges all the time. Whether you’re building a facility that can turn water into power or engineering safer infrastructure networks, you’re bound to push the limits of innovation in new and exciting ways.

With Kiewit, you’ll have the potential to work on a variety of projects in seven major markets. From railroads to tunnels, renewable energy to biofuels, you’ll be part of a mission that’s bigger than you can imagine. 

Here, you’ll team up with market experts and gain cross-functional experience — all while helping people across the globe live better.

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, and generous paid time off.

Nearest Major Market: Sacramento
Nearest Secondary Market: Fairfield

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