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Civil Estimator

Date: Jan 14, 2022

Country: Markham, Ontario, CA, L3R 5N8

Company: Colas

What does a Civil Estimator do?

Under the general supervision of the Chief Estimator, the Estimator is responsible for the preparation of cost estimates for conventionally bid projects, design build projects, and other alternative delivery project (ADP) models. The Civil Estimator plays an integral role in The Miller Group’s vision of building greatness with its employees, promoting entrepreneurial spirit to seek constant improvement, and embracing innovation and accountability.

As a Civil Estimator, You Will:

  • Develop a strategic and competitive plan for each tender
  • Guide the preparation of thorough, accurate and timely estimates, including the preparation and submission of bid documents and the development of clear written proposals and correspondence
  • Participate and understand design/build, ADP, and build to spec contracts
  • Accurate and timely interpretation of project drawings, specifications, supplier and subcontractor quotes, proposals, and other documentation
  • Prepare preliminary project schedules
  • Responsible for accurate take-off of quantities from project drawings and specifications
  • Prepare detailed estimates from first principals using cost history and past experience using existing estimating software systems in accordance with estimating policy, procedures and good practice
  • Solicit quotations and proposals from suppliers and subcontractors, either directly or with the assistance of a junior estimator
  • Prepare draft schedules
  • Peer review other estimators’ estimates
  • Guide, direct and train junior estimating and clerical staff
  • Assist project management group on project forecasting and costing out potential additional costs in claim situations or potential scope of work changes
  • Distribute and control of bid documents including addendums to other estimators
  • Follow-up of proposals to customers
  • Establish and maintain relationships with existing and new suppliers, and subcontractors
  • Attend site visits, pre-bid and pre-award meetings as required by the owner/engineer
  • Assist project management group in starting up a project by chairing post-award meetings and attending pre-construction meetings
  • Negotiate major purchase and subcontract agreements, prepare and review purchase orders and subcontract documents with project managers
  • Accumulate, evaluate, and document historical cost data and construction procedures and methods
  • Assist in maintenance and upgrade of the estimating database and software including analysis of field feedback on actual work performed

What You'll Bring

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering is required
  • 5-10 years progressive experience as a civil estimator on heavy civil transportation and bridge projects, augmented by additional project management experience is required
  • Presentation skills
  • Effective writing and math skills
  • Common sense, concentration, imagination, ability to read and understand drawings, self-assurance, responsible attitude and leadership qualities
  • Durable computer skills using MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, and Heavy Bid estimating software, or equivalent systems
  • Ability to read and interpret construction related documents including plans, specifications, and other technical material

Miller is proud to provide this unique career opportunity, we offer continuous learning, opportunity for growth, and a competitive compensation package. At our core; we are our people. We succeed because we respect our people and invest in their development, safety and well-being. Miller is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that diversity and inclusion are key attributes to building greatness. Miller’s core values of Integrity and Community welcomes everyone, at work and in the community, and our value of Accountability means that we own our actions, our decisions and our results. As a Miller employee, this will ultimately be your commitment to our inclusive culture.

We will contact candidates selected for an interview. Accommodation for applications with disabilities will be made during the recruitment process when requested.