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What is Construction Estimator Job Description ?

The Estimator is responsible for all aspects of estimating including preconstruction, hard bids, negotiated bids, budgets, general conditions, systems studies and comparisons, value engineering, subcontractor relations and staying abreast of industry developments applicable to estimating.

Unit Cost Pricing
Clearly understand the complexity of the scope of work as shown on the construction documents.
Prepare detailed take offs of materials.
Prepare detailed labor estimates utilizing man-hours, crews and equipment.
Organize the material and labor information for pricing.
Solicit material prices from suppliers.
Obtain current labor rates.
Verify and compare your unit prices or the price of a system with a subcontractor and previous similar estimates.
Understand the influence of market conditions on pricing.

Subcontractor Solicitation & Selection
Prepare subcontractor list from S4 program, or manually.
Prepare Bid Invitations.
Prepare subcontractor bid packages including transmittals, drawings and specifications.
Follow up with subs regarding bidding and update the subcontractor list.
Prepare scope sheets for subcontractors, and review scope of work.
Subcontractor Relationships & Feedback
Keep Subcontractors up to date with project information and addenda during the bidding process.
Answer subcontractor questions.
Prepare RFI's to the design team.
Preconstruction Abilities
Assist the Senior Estimator with quantity take offs and subcontractor solicitation.
Prepare document lists and correspondence during pre-construction.
Conceptual Estimating
Assist the Senior Estimator by preparing take off quantities of areas and counts of items.
Hard Bid and Design Build Estimating
Procure drawings and specifications from architect or owner.
Date stamp all drawings and spec books.
Confirm SCCI is listed in all publications.
Confirm with architect/owner that all construction documents have been received and send documents to printer.
Put construction documents in plan room.
Attend site visits.
Read all assigned plans and specs completely.
Call to confirm local building permit rates.
Call the architect the day before the bid and confirm all addenda and supplemental information has been received.
Assist in the creation of bid packages for the subs.
Turn Over Meetings
Assist the Senior Estimator in compiling the Turn Over Meeting package.
Attend the Turn Over Meeting.
Exhibit B's & Scope Sheets
Assist the Senior Estimator with Exhibit B and scope sheet preparation.
Attend weekly staff meetings and report on status of assignments.
Attend Training classes as required.
Quality Control of Departments Bids and Estimates
Prepare thorough scope of work spreadsheets. Always try to prepare a thorough control estimate for every trade you are responsible for. Meet deadlines and allow time for review of your work with the Senior or Chief Estimator.
Bid Day Activities
Complete the scope of work/pricing spread sheets ASAP.
Follow up with subcontractors for any missing information.
Review all pricing and subcontractor information with the Senior and Chief Estimator.
Post Bid Activities

Bachelors Degree, preferably in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Architecture or related field
3-6 years of experience in Estimating, or equivalent
Quantity Surveys, Take off skills, Computer skills
o Working knowledge of Excel spread sheets, and Word processing programs.
o Ability to take off material quantities from a set of SD, DD & CD documents and present information that is organized, thought out and easy to follow.
Understanding of Construction Documents
o Knowledge of the contents of each CSI section.
o Ability to read & interpret blue prints in order to understand the scope of work at SD, DD and CD phases of design.
o Ability to coordinate construction document plans, details and specifications.
Necessary Attributes:
Work effectively with all colleagues and constituents.
Possess and understand Suffolks core values, goals, and vision.
Possess clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of an Estimator.
Actively participate as a team member.
Detail oriented
Time management skills
Sense of urgency

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