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Estimator - Kiewit Underground


Omaha, NE, US

Requisition ID: 163148 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Home District/Group: Underground District 

Department: Estimating 

Market: Transportation 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Kiewit is one of North America's largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations in North America. With its roots dating back to 1884, our employee-owned company operates through a network of offices and projects in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in a variety of markets including transportation, water/wastewater, power, oil, gas and chemical, building and mining. Kiewit had 2021 revenues of $13 billion and employs around 27,500 staff and craft employees.  


We are currently hiring 1-2 estimators to join our Underground division, working in our Omaha Nebraska headquarters.  As an Estimator, you will prepare, review and present discipline estimates for specific project proposal activities. In this role, you will provide estimating assistance and guidance for Underground projects, develop conceptual estimates and performs cost analysis. 


This is your chance to join the best construction, mining and engineering organization on earth that was recently named to Forbes America’s Best Employers, Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders, and Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies! Picture yourself at a financially stable company that has been profitable for more than 130 years!  We offer endless opportunities for career growth and development, competitive salaries, excellent benefits including 20 days PTO, 9 holidays, and up to 10% matching on your 401K. If this sounds like a match for you, apply with us today!

District Overview

Our Underground Division has been constructing underground facilities for over 70 years and is recognized as a leader in the tunneling industry. We have completed more than 100 underground-related projects totaling more than several billion dollars. Our work includes projects related to transportation, water/wastewater, environmental facilities, power, mining, and telecommunications. We incorporate state-of the art technology with proven construction methods to ensure excellence and ongoing success.


Kiewit’s decentralized organizational structure allows us to compete both locally and nationally. Please keep in mind that we are an Underground Construction business, so chances are that a majority of your day will be spent working Underground if you are on a project site. Services include TBM Rock, TBM Soft Ground, Sequential Excavation, Drill and Blast, Shaft Excavation, Concrete, Tunnel Rehab, and Numerous Trenchless Methods. 


This role is located at our District Home Office in Omaha, Nebraska. 


  • Develop complete detailed estimates for large, complex jobs in Underground construction  
  • 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.
  • Review of project specifications and drawings to determine scope of work and required contents of estimate
  • Perform quality take-offs when applicable, if not available possess the ability to complete the picture in developing a full detailed estimate
  • Review all bid and contract documents and home office legal department opinions.  
  • Collaborate with other internal Estimators, Project Managers, and Executive Team when required
  • Present and reconcile estimates with design team and clients
  • 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 engineering techniques and procedures to conduct investigation and adhere to standard company policy and procedures.
  • 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 internal Kiewit stakeholders on various problems discovered during bid preparation, design, rates, schedules, etc. 
  • Must be able to complete contract deadlines. This could require extended hours including nights/weekends to ensure the deadline is met. 
  • Attend project meetings and site visits when required


  • BS and/or Masters degree in mechanical, electrical, civil, or construction-related technology
  • 3+ years' of related construction estimating experience required 
  • Will consider candidates with no degree, with a minimum of 8 years of Estimating experience in CMGC Construction.
  • Will consider candidates with at least 10 years working on Underground projects that are interested in becoming an Estimator
  • TBM, Trenchless, Drill and Blast or related Underground/tunneling experience is preferred
  • Extensive knowledge and demonstrated experience with complex projects is a plus
  • Exceptionally strong attention to detail, communication, interpersonal and leadership skills 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Estimating software & Microsoft Office products (e.g. Excel, Work, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Must have a valid driver's license and be willing to travel up to 10%
  • Ability to go underground at a project site 


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.

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 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.

Nearest Major Market: Omaha
Nearest Secondary Market: Council Bluffs

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