SIMON | Estimator 1-North Platte, NE/Scottsbluff, NE

Subsidiary: Simon


Simon, the Colas USA subsidiary that operates throughout Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming, specializes in aggregates, asphalt, and ready-mix concrete production, asphalt paving, and concrete, bridge, highway, and utility construction. Through strong local ties backed by global resources, we focus on quality and value to deliver the best products and services for our clients. What we do is bigger than construction – it is about connecting communities, building new roads to the future, and keeping the spirit of the pioneers alive and well. To learn more about Simon visit  

Throughout Colas USA, we provide competitive pay, outstanding benefits, career advancement opportunities, professional education, and extensive training for every employee. We pride ourselves on upholding the highest standards of safety, environmental conservation, and ethical conduct as we strive to grow our infrastructure products and services through empowering and developing our people, fostering innovation, utilizing new technology, and maximizing vertical integration at all levels of the company’s value chain. To learn more about the Colas USA Family of Companies, please visit

Simon, and the rest of the Colas USA Family of Companies, is part of the Colas Group, the worldwide leader in transportation infrastructure construction and maintenance. For information on our international network visit

Job Summary:

Reads and interprets plans and proposals, specifications, and other documentation to prepare bid quotes; coordinates bonds, insurance, subcontractors, and monitors bidding processes.


Well qualified candidates would have 3+ years’ experience estimating asphalt and concrete paving, bridge construction and similar projects. We will also consider entry level candidates willing to take on a new challenge and develop in the role with an assigned mentor.

Main Responsibilities:

•    Embrace the Company’s safety culture, actively support all safety initiatives, and adhere to defined accountabilities implemented by the Safety Steering and Continuous Improvement teams
•    Support, promote, and practice the Company’s core values, vision, and mission; follow code of ethics, workplace conduct, safety, and other established policies 
•    Order, read, and interpret plans and proposals; review preliminary drawings and specifications
•    Assist with preparation of project-cost summaries, standard estimating forms (bids) and related contracts for submission in accordance with deadlines
•    Assist project engineers, project managers, and other estimators with estimating practices
•    Participate in project setup and handoffs with project managers and superintendents
•    Follow best practices related to preparation of construction estimates, bids, and quotes 
•    Perform material quantity take-offs 
•    Communicate with subcontractors and vendors to obtain necessary quotes 
•    Participate in bid review meetings with project owner and/or owner’s representatives
•    Assist with development of preliminary project schedules and identify critical phases 
•    Assist with presentation of completed estimates to senior management and project owners
•    Follow-up with project owners on submitted bids and report bid results to management
•    Assist with review and analysis of completed projects to compare estimated to actual costs; identify discrepancies
•    Assist with maintaining data in bid software and related programs
•    Assist with market analysis tasks, including tracking volumes and backlogs of main competitors 
•    Coordinate with other regions as needed related to bid processes 
•    Perform other duties and complete projects as assigned


•    Bachelor’s degree in construction management, engineering, similar field, and/or equivalent combination of education and work experience required
•    Valid Driver’s License and clean driving history required


•    3+ years of experience estimating highway paving, bridge construction, utility, and similar projects preferred; background in heavy highway, municipal, and/or commercial construction a plus
•    Proficiency in use of computers and mobile devices (Android/iOS), including MS Office programs (Word, Outlook, Excel, Teams, etc.); experience with HCSS, Microsoft Project, Bluebeam and/or similar programs a plus
•    Ability to read, understand, and interpret technical diagrams, financial data, and related documentation
•    Ability to plan work and work under pressure of deadlines
•    Ability to problem-solve and employ critical thinking skills
•    Ability to collaborate with team members at all levels in the organization

Physical Requirements:

•    Wear and maintain personal protective equipment (PPE) as required by company safety guidelines
•    Occasionally required to lift and /or move up to 50 pounds with or without assistance
•    Regularly required to use hands to feel, handle and manipulate objects
•    Regularly required to communicate (talk and hear)
•    Regularly required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; visiting work sites may require walking over uneven terrain and some exposure to dust, chemicals, and loud noise
•    Frequently required to sit for long periods at a desk using a computer
•    Exposed to typical construction site conditions, including dust and loud noise, and all types of weather
•    Regularly required to operate a vehicle to travel to and from work sites
•    Some overnight travel away from home may be required to visit project sites

Benefits and Perks:

•    Choice of 3 Medical Plan Options
•    Prescription Drug Coverage
•    Dental and Vision Plans
•    Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Options
•    Access to Telemedicine and Healthcare Advocacy Services
•    Employee Assistance Program 
•    Life and AD&D Insurance 
•    Disability Insurance 
•    Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
•    401(k) Savings Plan with Company Match
•    Product and Service Group Discount Programs

The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Management may, at its discretion, assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.  Benefit offerings subject to change.

Colas Inc. and its subsidiaries are an Equal Opportunity Employer. For details on the specifics of this commitment, please click here to view the EEO document.  If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to:

  • to meet the requirements of the role in which you are applying
  • complete any part of the application process
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Please contact Colas Inc. at 973-290-9082 or send an email to

Nearest Major Market: North Platte