Senior Estimator - Civil Construction


Oakville, ON, CA Toronto, ON, CA

Requisition ID: 172469 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: Eastern Canada District 

Department: Estimating 

Market: Transportation 

Employment Type: Full Time 


Position Overview

As Senior 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 large, complex projects.  You will also be required to make assumptions based on experience when detailed plans are not provided and front end estimating is performed based on conceptual level designs. As required, you will provide direction and guidance to others on project/program level tasks. #LI-LW1

Kiewit’s project work is large, complex and varied, and at times never been done before, requiring the need to think ‘outside of the box’.  The estimating group works as a team, and with management present during the process from beginning to end. Our estimating practices are intensely rigorous and detailed-oriented, incorporating powerful systems.

District Overview

Eastern Canada District's projects include highways, bridges, mass transit, mine site development & open pit operations, hydroelectric powerhouses, wind-power plants, dams & industrial. They serve the construction and mining industries and operates in Eastern Canada, including Ontario, Quebec, the Atlantic provinces, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. 


Our head office is in Oakville with projects in downtown Toronto and the Liberty Village area. The successful candidates will be able to be on-site at any of these locations.


One of the many things that makes Kiewit's culture unique is that we go where the work is, which exposes your career to abundant opportunities. We relocate our teams based on the work that is available, combined with the development plans, skill sets and career goals of each team member. This means your Kiewit adventure is custom-designed to meet our shared needs.


  • Develop complete estimates for large, complex jobs.
  • Supervise estimators in the preparation of check estimates for other work, review estimates prepared by other estimating groups or JV partners to determine completeness of data used, procedures, and aid in resolving differences in bid items. 
  • 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.
  • Prepare special engineering studies or reports required by certain bid items or conditions. 
  • Consult with owners on various problems discovered during bid preparation, design, rates, schedules, etc.


  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in Civil Engineering or Construction-related technology, or extensive and related work experience leading to a thorough understanding of the knowledge, skills and abilities described above.
  • The ideal candidate has 7 to 10 years' of related experience in civil infrastructure estimation.
  • Extensive knowledge and demonstrated experience with infrastructure projects: highway, mass transit, hydro power generation, heavy civil, and/or concrete structures.
  • Ideally build and self-perform experience as well.
  • Exceptionally strong attention to detail, communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Experience with, and strong aptitude for, various estimating software systems.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products (e.g. Excel, Work, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Functional knowledge of English (written and verbal) is considered as an asset since mobility across provinces in Canada is required. Lessons can be provided as needed.

Other Requirements:

  • Regular, reliable attendance
  • Work productively and meet deadlines timely
  • Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment
  • Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
  • Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.
  • May work at various different locations and conditions may vary

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 believe in equal opportunity in employment practices without discrimination and comply with all laws regarding human rights in the provinces where we operate.

There’s no limit to what you’ll do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

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