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Instrumentation & Controls Estimator- Kiewit Industrial Group


Lenexa, KS, US

Requisition ID: 146160 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Industrial Group 

Department: Estimating 

Market: Industrial 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

The Industrial Instrumentation & Controls Estimator will be responsible for taking client requested scopes and incorporating solutions from the engineering, procurement, construction and start up services groups to produce an estimate.  As an Estimator, you 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 industrial market. Core objectives include the application of historical rate and production information and to foster the development and growth of the estimating department through mentoring and improved work processes to meet the needs of industrial clients.

District Overview

Kiewit Engineering Group, Inc is a full-service engineering consulting and design firm serving a broad range of the industrial markets. Our combined staff of more than 1,300 engineers and design professionals have expertise that spans all major engineering disciplines to serve the industrial, transportation, power, water/wastewater, mining, building, and oil, gas & chemical markets. Our operations-focused engineering provides our clients with safe and efficient facilities and it integrates our 130 years of construction experience to finish projects on time and to make sure that Nobody Gets Hurt.

Our rapidly growing Industrial Engineering team, which includes process, mechanical, electrical, controls, structural, architectural, geotechnical, and civil disciplines, is a multi-faceted and leading-edge division of Kiewit with best-in-class technical expertise focused on EPC and design-build delivery of industrial projects in markets such as Food & Beverage, Mineral Processing, Renewable Fuels, Pulp and Paper, Steel & Aluminum, Industrial Buildings, and Industrial Energy, Water and Utilities. 


This position is based out of Lenexa, KS.


•    Develop complete estimates for very large, complex industrial projects. 
•    Ability to look at electrical deliverables and understand construction needs.
•    Ability to develop scope from RFP and work with discipline team to estimate work without gaps or overlaps.
•    Identifies and collaborates with his/her discipline to eliminate any gaps in technical deliverables for estimates.
•    Brings solutions to team with cost analysis.
•    Knowledgeable about industry norms for engineering estimating metrics and ratios and will identify and explain reasons for any deviations from these norms.
•    Identify and assess technical risks and recommend appropriate risk mitigation.
•    Leads and promotes efforts to find innovative estimating methods to generate consistent, cost effective and accurate solutions to tight schedules and quick turnaround on estimates.
•    Ensures team has resources to identify and define best-cost/best-practice solutions and alternatives for estimates.
•    Knowledgeable about codes and standards to review engineering design.
•    Identify relatively common code and spec interpretations that will yield a well-proven, technically compliant but more cost effective, fit-for-purpose design.
•    Suggest appropriate alternatives for consideration by engineering team as needed.
•    Collaborates with engineering team for expertise.
•    Identifies changes in scope of work and conveys any estimate and/or schedule impact to the team.
•    Exhibits consistency in work.
•    Collaborates with procurement and estimating team to ensure pricing and quantities are correct.
•    Know and understand the strategy on how to be the low bidder.
•    Must read the specifications and develop notes for the unique or extraordinary items.
•    Make it a priority to know the estimate inside and out.
•    Know how to build the project (best practices, sequence, geographical challenges etc.)
•    Facilitate Cross-Discipline Communication.
•    Train and mentor younger estimators in the preparation estimates. 
•    Review estimates prepared by other estimating groups or JV partners to determine data completeness and procedures; aid in resolving differences in bid items.
•    Use recognized engineer techniques and procedures to conduct estimates and adhere to standard company policy.
•    Must be capable of handling major technical problems encountered during bid preparation. 
•    Stay current on various trends and developments such as new equipment, means & methods, and procedures developing in the industry or specialized discipline (e.g., mechanical, electrical, etc.). 
•    Conduct a detailed formal review of all engineered equipment, subcontract, and permanent material pricing.
•    Prepare special studies or reports required by the unusual nature of some bid items or conditions. 
•    Formulate the procurement and subcontracting strategy.


•    Undergraduate or graduate degree in Electrical or Controls Engineering from an ABET accredited four-year college or university, OR extensive and related work experience leading to a thorough understanding of the knowledge, skills and abilities described above.
•    At least 3 years’ experience in a related role bidding industrial projects.
•    Experience with SCADA, DCS, and PLC systems.
•    Familiarity with control system programming concepts and networking systems.
•    Field support of industrial project start-up and commissioning is desirable.
•    Strong attention to detail with the ability to recognize discrepancies.
•    Strong communication, interpersonal, leadership and team-building skills.
•    Strong work ethic and willingness to do what it takes to get the job done.
•    Excellent negotiation skills.
•    Extensive knowledge through demonstrated experience of heavy industrial construction, especially industrial projects.
•    Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products (e.g. Excel, Work, Outlook, PowerPoint).
•    Demonstrate through leadership, the desire to win the project and confidence to mentor peers.


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.

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.

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