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Electrical Project Engineer - Heavy Civil - Northwest District


Vancouver, WA, US Portland, OR, US

Requisition ID: 121059 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Department: Construction Operations 

Market: Transportation 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

As a Project Engineer, you will be responsible for the administrative and technical aspects of constructing a project, managing a team of field and cost engineers. Do you have strong interpersonal and information management skills?  In this role, you will be the main conduit of information between the construction manager and the team for cost, revenue, cash flow information. Do you have strong mentorship skills?  You will have the opportunity to develop the people below you. If this sounds like a match for you, read on!

District Overview

Kiewit’s Northwest District is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.  We primarily perform heavy civil projects specializing in earth moving, transportation, roadways, water resources, and underground utilities. We are looking for hard working individuals with a passion for construction who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty! Our current opportunities are spread across the entire west coast including Alaska and Hawaii. 


This position is based out of our Northwest District Office, Vancouver, Washington and will require relocation every 1 - 3 years. 


•    Provide full electrical estimating services on large, complex construction projects for bid-build, design-build, EPC projects with project values ranging from $200,000 to multibillion dollars 
•    Travel to project locations across the west coast from Hawaii to California and Alaska to ensure a successful estimate - anticipate travel 
•    Develop project estimates requiring bid information and prepare the estimates to ensure all factors are properly considered, priced, and included in the estimate summary
•    Experience estimating electrical scope including: street lighting, airfield lighting, trenching and underground electrical installation (ductbank), traffic signals, pulling and terminating cable, and installation of electrical and communication equipment, electrical distribution, and medium voltage distribution.
•    Participating in design build plan reviews and contribution to electrical scope value engineering
•    Analyze, review and interpret engineering contracts, owner plans and specifications to develop an understanding and be able to produce comprehensive detailed construction estimates
•    Conduct site investigation prior to forming a plan of operations to identify any problems or conditions of an unusual nature that may be present  
•    Use detailed construction analysis and historical costs to create accurate schedules, job cost projections/audits and constructability studies 
•    Manage dealings with vendors, subcontractors and/or self-perform work to make sure we are providing the best possible estimate 
•    Ensure estimating and proposal activities are in accordance to Kiewit codes and standards and home office legal department opinions 
•    Manage dealings with vendors, subcontractors and/or self-perform work to make sure we are providing the best possible estimate 
•    Utilize an estimate to generate project management in overseeing the development and implementation of all electrical work
•    Manage vendors and purchasing of electrical materials
•    Manage project specific subcontracts
•    Develop schedule and manpower loading to meet overall project timelines
•    Manage and coordinate all jobsite craft personnel
•    Assemble all job specific closeout documentation


•    Degree in Electrical Engineering, Construction Management or related experience preferred
•    A minimum of 5 years of experience estimating all electrical scopes of highway or traffic systems. WSDOT and/or Caltrans experience is a plus  
•    Broad knowledge and ability to understand project scheduling, cost control, specifications, and engineering drawings
•    Solid experience in utilizing Estimating software (Accubid, Heavybid Bluebeam, etc.) 
•    Highly motivated, with a demonstrated passion for excellence and taking initiative
•    Strong work ethic, willing to do what it takes to get the job done right the first time
•    Demonstrated commitment to ethics and integrity
•    Passion for safety, with the ability to help us ensure that nobody gets hurt
•    Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills 
•    Team player with the ability to work independently to meet deadlines, goals and objectives
•    Strong organization, time management, and attention to detail
•    Ability to freely access all points of a construction site in wide-ranging climates and environment


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: Portland Oregon
Nearest Secondary Market: Tacoma

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