Civil Construction Estimator


  • Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Creation date: 2022-06-22


Reporting to the Estimating Manager, the Civil Construction Estimator will be responsible for the accurate, timely preparation of full-cost estimates for projects, including materials and labour. He or she will be tasked with preparing and maintaining a list of suppliers, contractors and subcontractors, and establishing unit costs, labour rates, productivity factors and location impacts. This individual's accuracy is critical to the profitability of the business, as under-estimates may cause significant financial losses and over-estimates may result in the inability to win bids.


  • Prepare and/or coordinate the preparation of full cost estimates on conceptual, design-build or general tender work;
  • Prepare materials, labour and equipment cost estimations necessary to successfully carry out a construction project according to proposals, plans, estimates and specifications;
  • Prepare and maintain a list of suppliers, contractors and subcontractors;
  • Advise on proposal procedures to follow;
  • Study and analyze proposals received;
  • Recommend/reject proposals and negotiate contracts;
  • Establish unit costs, labour rates, productivity factors and location impacts;
  • Evaluate and recommend allowances for indirect costs, design unknowns, escalation and contingency;
  • Present estimates and conduct review meetings with clients;
  • Participate and coordinate company risk and opportunity evaluation with clients;
  • Review proposal specifications and drawings to determine scope of work and required contents of estimate;
  • Prepare estimates by calculating complete takeoff of scope of work;
  • Maintain files of working documents as back-up for estimate figures, including current (accurate) information on prices from suppliers through direct contact, sales brochures, price lists, etc;
  • Support other department personnel as required which may include preparing estimates for other disciplines;
  • Review design options and recommend best solution based on cost, engineering quality, or availability of materials;
  • Effectively determine the bid strategies required for the company to be successful;
  • Assist corporate and project management teams to determine what types of projects to bid on;
  • Review all final estimate packages to ensure accuracy and completeness, prior to formal quotation;
  • Participate in presentations to management and clients. May be responsible for “closing the sale”;
  • Provide technical assistance in negotiating contracts, change orders, etc. as required;
  • May assist in the preparation of studies, materials and methods, recommendations, and cost estimates as required;
  • Attend site visits or preconstruction meetings to evaluate and understand work scope in preparation to bid; and
  • Perform additional assignments per supervisor's direction.


  • Ability to read and interpret building specifications, blueprints and as-builds;
  • Mathematical skills and analytical skills necessary to do material and labour estimates;
  • Mathematical skills and analytical skills necessary to interpret job cost reports;
  • Effective verbal and listening communications skills;
  • Time management skills;
  • Strong working mechanical knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance;
  • Ability to readily determine the correct tools and equipment needed to do a job;
  • Client service and public interaction skills;
  • Ability to work in a team environment with a minimum of supervision;
  • Collaborative in dealing with customers and fellow employees;
  • Customer focused - respond promptly to customer needs;
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with customers; and
  • Receptive to change - can adapt to changing circumstances.


  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in construction/engineering degree, or an appropriate field;
  • 5+ years of experience in cost estimation;
  • Ability to use cost-estimating software to prepare cost quotes and bids. Preferably HCSS Heavybid;
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, etc.) and Microsoft Project;
  • Must possess a valid class 5 driver’s license, with a clean 3 year abstract.

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