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Utilities Estimator (Los Angeles, CA)

compensation: Depending on Experience
employment type: full-time


Dedicated to “Excellence in Engineering,” E2 Consulting Engineers, Inc. (E2) was founded in 1988 to deliver environmentally focused services related to water and wastewater. Since then, the firm has grown and broadly diversified to provide engineering, environmental consulting, oil and gas pipeline, infrastructure operations, and remediation-related services. Since the firm’s founding, the management team has balanced growth with fiscal prudence, resulting in a solid, financially stable business, sustained growth, and loyal clients and employees.

E2 Consulting Engineers, Inc. offers an excellent benefits package including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, 401(k) with employer match, paid time off. Qualified candidates only please submit your resume. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position Description Summary

This position is for supporting E2’s Natural Gas Utility Clients. Estimator will work with a Team Lead to develop cost estimate from conceptual design through construction; monitor and reconcile the cost estimate as the design progresses; participate in pre-award value engineering and constructability review discussions; and once the contract is awarded, will review change order proposals, develop a fair and reasonable recommendation, participate in negotiation of changes with the contractor, and prepare the record of negotiation documentation.

Essential Job Duties

The Estimator’s duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Develop conceptual cost estimates from preliminary planning documents, price alternatives and options, and offer opinions of probable cost for different phasing scenarios that may be discussed.

Develop detailed cost estimates from the engineering drawings; proactively identify deficiencies and/or questions; and actively assist the project team toward the answers.

Actively reconcile the internal estimates with those prepared by third-parties; engage the third-party entities in an informative, collaborative reconciliation; and communicate the results of the reconciliation effort.

Proactively establish a routine reporting cycle that clearly communicates when an estimate changes and why.

Prepares and reviews material take offs from planning documents or engineering drawings. Prepares conceptual and comparative cost study estimates from preliminary sketches. Prepares detailed breakdown of components and elements of estimates for systems and subsystems. Prepares estimates by applying unit rates for man hours, labor dollars, material dollars, and construction equipment dollars and all-in unit cost determination, calculating extensions and the application of standard factors, overhead rates and fees. Accumulates, evaluates and documents historical cost data for the development of future estimates.

Prepares and / or reviews final Engineer's estimate. Reviews contract documents and contract modifications to determine scope of work and equitable cost allowance for scope changes.

Provides coordination and liaison with project management and project engineering personnel throughout the estimate development. Trains estimating personnel when necessary.

Participate in the negotiation meeting with the contractor and:

Seek to find points of agreement early in the discussion and document the agreements;

Determine points of disagreement and path to resolution. Adopt a reasonable, but contractual attitude;

Develop the record of negotiation documentation.

Support the change management process for the projects that are underway or being planned. The candidate will review change order proposals and:

Review the proposal and assist with the determination of merit;

Review the scope specified within the proposal to ensure it includes appropriate scope;

Review the labor rates to ensure conformance to the contract specifications;

Review labor productivity to ensure that the labor hours are in conformance with working restrictions, overtime is appropriate, etc.;

Review quantities and ensure there is a fair and reasonable representation of additional scope, as well as possible credits;

Review the material pricing and validate against pricing references;

Review pre-purchased material or equipment and/or equipment rental rates against fair and reasonable pricing references;

Review contractor mark-ups to ensure that the correct mark-ups are being used and that any mark-up caps are not exceeded.
Hardware/Software Knowledge

•Thorough familiarity with MS office suite software - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
•Proficient with large-scale estimating software
•Experience with Adobe Acrobat is required
•Knowledge of work with various types of contracting methods such as, Design/Bid/Build (DBB), Design Build (DB), Construction Management At Risk (CMAR), Guarantee Maximum Price (GPM),etc.
•Demonstrated proficiency in estimating formats
•Proficient with industry estimating databases and other estimating data sources

Professional Experience Level/Other Qualifications
•Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management or related field
•5-10 years estimating experience with some experience in supporting active horizontal/utility construction projects
•1-2 years minimum of civil and underground utility estimating experience directly related to both engineering and construction projects
•Proactive, firm and respectful approach to estimate reconciliation efforts and change order processing
•Knowledgeable of presenting graphical data as related to estimating.
•Proved accuracy, reliability and completeness in job accomplishment
•Effective oral and written communication skills
•Demonstrate experience with estimating presentation to upper management

Please click on the link below to apply:

PREFERRED METHOD OF APPLICATION IS THROUGH OUR ONLINE JOB SYSTEM. If you need accommodation or alternate method of resume submittal, please contact Cindy Wilson at show contact info .

E2 Consulting Engineers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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