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Field Cost Engineer, Mobile Launcher 2 (ML2)

Requisition ID:  242451

Requisition Posting End Date: 02/02/2022

Project Background

The Mobile Launcher 2 (ML2) Project is to provide the design, procurement, construction, and start-up of a launch platform for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The purpose of ML2, located at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), is to provide a launch platform for the Space Launch System (SLS), an advanced launch vehicle that will fill America’s need for deep space missions. ML2 includes many different subsystems that must operate and fit within the constraints of the structure and provide physical interface with KSC launch sites’ ground systems.


Role Overview:

A successful Cost Engineer on the Mobile Launcher 2 project will collaborate with their lead/supervisor to perform various cost control, analysis, and management tasks. These will include collaboration with Planners/Schedulers, change control team members, Control Account and Functional Managers, risk management-related tasks and reporting work processes.  The successful candidate will have an innovative approach to completing their work and will possess or quickly develop strong automation and data analytics skills. They will also require strong communication skills to support frequent interaction with other members of the project team to develop solutions to execution challenges. All work will be carried out within established Project Controls processes and procedures that comply with EVMS standards and Bechtel’s corporate requirements. 


Principle responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Understand the project scope, schedule, and cost objectives and work with the site team to develop and implement successful cost and execution plans that integrate with the rest of the UPF project.  
  • Support the implementation of cost monitoring and control standards, techniques, systems, and reports including the following activities:
    • Assisting with budget allocation and reporting/cost control for the assigned portions of the project.
    • Supporting the project Trend and Risk Management programs.
    • Assisting in the development of quantity takeoffs and development and/or application of unit rates.
    • Assisting in developing specific project codes of accounts and recommending appropriate modifications and revisions.
    • Monitoring the collection of actual costs, generating accrual information, and coding and classifying invoice and billing data within the established code of accounts.
  • Coordinating the development and accuracy of cost reports, including verifying consistency with previous reports.
  • Preparing specific budgets in accordance with prescribed standards and procedures.
  • Preparing cost studies using historical data, statistical analysis, and cost and quantity comparisons.
  • Coordinating maintenance of key EVMS reports, including Work Authorization Documents, WBS Dictionary Scope descriptions, Control Account Plans, and Control Account Variance Analysis Reports.
  • Support the planning team in the development and maintenance of resource-loaded logic-driven schedules.
  • Collaborate with project team members to identify, analyze, and provide innovative solutions to cost engineering challenges.
  • Complete all work in compliance with the project’s Earned Value Management System and corporate procedure requirements necessary to maintain the integration of the project’s resource-loaded Integrated Master Schedule, Cost Processor, and associated software tools.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Level 1: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university plus a minimum of 1 year professional experience or, in lieu of a degree, must have a high school diploma and at least 7 years of professional experience.
  • Level 2: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university plus a minimum of 3 years professional experience or, in lieu of a degree, must have a high school diploma and at least 9 years of professional experience.
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident of the US.
  • Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen, physical (if located at the construction site), and background check which includes verification of employment and education.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience performing routine data analysis and preparing appropriate summary reports communicating results to management.
  • Basic knowledge of project management practices used in the major construction industry customarily acquired through specialized instruction or practical experience over time.
  • Knowledge in the use of Microsoft Office and other standard industry productivity software tools.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and perform work both independently and as part of a team to meet project objectives. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in one or more of the core Project Controls disciplines – Cost, Schedule, Change Management, Risk, and/or Reporting.
  • Knowledge of engineering, procurement, construction, and/or startup work processes typically performed on major construction projects.
  • Experience in performing, monitoring, and analyzing cost functions, cost control, and financial reporting systems data.
  • Familiarity with performance and progress reporting, including unit rate and pricing variance analysis.
  • Familiarity with procurement and accounting software applications typically used on major construction projects.
  • Business Intelligence Analytics software such as Power BI.
  • Experience working within a certified EVMS on a DOD or DOE project(s).
  • Experience with Six Sigma, LEAN, or other process control and improvement techniques.
  • Flexibility to respond to urgent project requests and/or changing priorities.
  • Ability to work under pressure and with minimal supervision.

Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.