Estimator 1

Date: Oct 9, 2021

Country: Watertown, 5192, US, 13601

Company: Colas

Subsidiary: NYN

Barrett Paving Materials Inc. is a leader in heavy civil construction with a vertically integrated value chain which includes aggregate production, hot mix asphalt plants, asphalt paving services, and a wide range of road construction work.  Barrett engages in heavy civil and commercial construction projects in counties throughout Upstate NY, specializing in airport and highway work.  Barrett’s mission has been to strengthen and grow by empowering our people, fostering innovation, and utilizing new technology. Barrett is a subsidiary of the Colas Group, a worldwide leader in infrastructure construction and maintenance. Our company provides competitive pay, outstanding benefits, career advancement opportunities, professional education, and extensive training for every employee.


Essential Functions

The Estimator I position is responsible for preparing bid estimates for projects, proposal development and management of company construction projects, preparing complete bid packages and proposals, RFQ’s, RFP’s in accordance with the job requirements. The position is also responsible for monitoring and maintaining job costs including purchasing and project schedules.  May specialize in a particular service or project depending on the type of project or service to be provided i.e. Construction, Cost, Design, Electrical, Project Manager, Production etc.


•    Analyze blueprints and other documentation to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates.

•    Assess cost effectiveness of projects or services, tracking actual costs as the project develops.

•    Confer with engineers, architects, owners, contractors, and subcontractors on project plans, changes and adjustments to project estimates.

•    Prepare estimates used by management for purposes such as planning, organizing and scheduling work.

•    Prepare estimates for use in selecting vendors or subcontractors.

•    Develop construction means and methods, appropriate equipment, material use and application, crew sizing, and crew build-up.

•    Consult with clients, vendors, personnel in other departments or construction operations to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues.

•    Develop estimates from various types of bid documents and their key components including components such as bonding, insurance, indemnification, and damage clauses.

•    Attend pre-bid and job site meetings.

•    Negotiate project construction time and penalty clauses.

•    Develop customer relationships to enhance bid opportunities.

•    Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, participating in professional societies.

•    Track and report real time cost data tracking actual cost costs, schedules relative to bid proposals as the project develops.

•    Ensures that any applicable local union CBA’s and/or federal/state prevailing wage rates guidelines are considered, monitored, implemented and maintained per project bid requirements.

•    Conducts and/or attends pre-construction, progress and other project/activities as well as any staff meetings.

•    Maintains liaison with other departments including but not limited to Safety, Purchasing, Quality Control, Engineering, Regional/Local Site Management, HR and IT on matters of significance.

•    Reviews constructability/production analysis of bid documents, including specifications, site conditions, contracts and building codes.



Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

•    Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of staff.

•    Ability to work well independently and also as participate as a functioning contributing member of bid and project teams as assigned.

•    Self-motivated with the ability to quickly learn new procedures and processes.

•    The ability to respond quickly and effectively to ever-changing situations.

•    Exhibit strong business acumen, skills and maturity and the ability to work effectively with others.

•    Highly developed organizational and planning skills, time management skills and written/oral communications skills.

•    High level of accuracy and attention to detail.

•    Able to work on multiple tasks and estimate multiple projects.

•    Knowledge of applicable union jurisdiction and labor agreements related to projects covered under a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)


Education & Minimum Qualifications

•    Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job satisfactorily

•    BS degree in civil engineering/construction management or equivalent relevant experience.

•    Minimum of 2-5 years progressive experience as an estimator/project manager

•    Experience with complete scope highway projects ranging in value from $1M to $10M+ in contract value.

•    General knowledge and understanding of various safety and codes and compliance including OHSA regulations and corresponding state and local codes and statues.

•    Knowledge of local and state prevailing wage rate guidelines as it relates to bids and proposals.

•    Knowledge of negotiated, lump sum, and unit price hard bids

•    Experience with HCSS HeavyBid software preferred


Receives the tender documentation, analyzes the file and the customer's requirements, carries out the studies and finds the technical, economic and financial solutions best suited to the project until the tender is submitted.  

Main Responsibilities

  • Studies the documents of the tender or of the customer's request

  • Analyzes the project: technical validity, proposal of variants, assessment of risks and opportunities

  • Controls the plans and ensures the taking of measurements by learning about the land and its characteristics, calculates the cubic volumes and the measurements, etc.

  • Consults suppliers and sub-contractors in search of the best services and prices

  • Assesses the project: prepares price sub-details and sets the sales price in collaboration with his/her hierarchy

  • Prepares and drafts the technical file of the response to a call for tenders (technical brief, schedule, etc.)

  • Follows the tender documentation until its awarding: sales relationship with the customer and/or his/her representatives

  • Organizes the submission of the offer to the customer in compliance with the deadlines and the imposed formalism

  • Coordinates relations with support services (technical, legal, insurance, etc.) and Operations upstream, during and downstream of the job to capitalize on feedback.

  • Possibly supervises price study technicians, heads of technical research 


  • Typically requires a bachelor’s degree and at least 3-5 years of experience

  • Significant experience in the field of Price studies in public works


Colas Inc.and its subsidiaries (Barrett Paving) are an Equal Opportunity Employer. For details on the specifics of this commitment, please click here EEO document.  If you need accommodation to access the information provided on this website, please contact Colas Inc. 973-290-9082 or send an email to ColasRecruiter@colasinc.com.  

Nearest Major Market: Watertown