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Estimator- Kiewit Power Delivery


Woodcliff Lake, NJ, US

Requisition ID: 132379 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Department: Estimating 

Market: Power 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

This is a staff position reporting to the Lead 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 markets.  Also able to make assumptions based on experience with detailed plans are not provided and front end estimating is performed based on conceptual level designs.

District Overview

Kiewit Power Delivery (KPD) provides direct-hire construction services for Power Delivery Services utilizing organized and open shop labor force.  Kiewit Power Delivery throughout North America currently consists of Transmission & Distribution, Wind and Solar Projects.  All of Kiewit Power is committed to Kiewit’s “Nobody Gets Hurt” Philosophy.


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. 


Primary Responsibilities 
•    Independently determine the most cost-efficient means and methods to estimate the cost to construct transmission and distribution projects.
•    Develop complete estimates for very large, complex transmission and distribution projects incorporating civil, foundations and other discipline estimates into the overall cost.
•    Ensuring estimate are accurate and compliant with Owner and Kiewit specifications.
•    Compare created estimates with benchmarks based upon experience to ensure costs are competitive in the industry.
•    Create transmission and distribution outage plans required to complete the work per the estimated work plan.
•    Meet estimate deadlines working independently.
•    Review estimates prepared by other estimating groups or JV partners to determine data completeness and procedures; aid in resolving differences in bid items.
•    Must be capable of handling major technical problems encountered during bid preparation.
•    Stay current on construction equipment, crew sizing, means, methods, and procedures in the industry.
•    Prepare special studies or reports required by the unusual nature of some bid items or conditions.
•    Train and mentor new and junior staff members in the preparation estimates.
•    Learn and utilize Hard Dollar estimating software.


•    Demonstrated ability to independently develop a transmission and distribution cost estimate that are competitive in the industry.
•    Undergraduate or graduate degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Civil or construction-related technology, OR extensive and related work experience leading to a thorough understanding of the knowledge, skills and abilities described above.
•    At least five years’ experience in a related role
•    Extensive knowledge through demonstrated experience of heavy substation construction.
•    Strong attention to detail; strong communication, interpersonal, leadership and team-building skills
•    Excellent negotiation skills
•    Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products (e.g. Excel, Work, Outlook, PowerPoint)
•    Ability to perform duties in wide-ranging physical and climatic conditions, heights and negotiation of complex stair structures


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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