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Project Estimator, Cape Canaveral, FL (218603)

  • Requisition ID:  218603
  • Position Title: Project Estimator, Cape Canaveral, FL (218603)
  • Location: Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Relocation Authorized:  None
  • US Citizenship Required: Yes
  • Other Requirements: Pre-employment drug screen and background check; Possess an active secret security clearance or able to obtain one upon hire




Bechtel is one of the most respected engineering, project management and construction companies in the world. In our Nuclear, Security and Environmental (NS&E) global business unit, the demand for our expertise is growing as we deliver the entire project life cycle: from research and development through engineering, procurement, construction and operation to decontamination and decommissioning. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that make the world cleaner and safer.

Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI), Bechtel’s government services business, is one of the top providers to departments and agencies of the U.S. and British governments. Its successes include many large, first-of-a-kind projects in government site management, environmental restoration, defense, space, energy, and national and homeland security. Bechtel currently has opportunities in Kennedy Space Center, FL.


Principal Responsibilities:

The following duties are performed with respect to Estimate Execution, the process of conducting an evaluation of services and/or capital cost elements of a project or effort as defined by an agreed-upon scope that will be used to make key management decisions:


  • Manages the development of estimates from inception to completion.  Develops an achievable estimate plan, inclusive of budget, and leads the estimating team in executing the estimate.  Consolidates the estimate components and prepares the proposal cost volume and bid forms.  Responsible for assembly and timely submittal of escrow proposal documents.
  • Reviews estimate and ensures quality and integrity.  Ensures lessons learned are incorporated into the estimate.
  • Prepares basis and assumption documentation.  Ensures lessons learned are incorporated.  Fully understands the needs of the customer.
  • Reviews design or Request for Proposal (RFP) scope criteria and quantities for completeness and reasonableness, and coordinates with the project to develop additional estimating basis when information is incomplete.  Suggests alternatives when appropriate.
  • Establishes and reviews the conceptual scopes of estimates and studies when definition is not available through a demonstrated ability to conceptualize the design of the finished product.  Demonstrates specialized contingency skills to compensate for undefined scope.
  • Support bid evaluation of cost and schedule criteria and prepares bid evaluations.  May participate in discussions with vendors.
  • Prepares non-manual, distributable or contractors indirect cost estimates, developing basis for temporary facilities, miscellaneous construction services, construction tools and equipment, non‑manual staffing, startup services, payroll taxes and insurance, camp facilities and operation, and other field costs.
  • Effectively presents estimate Management Review package to estimate team, department management and business line management.  Schedules internal reviews.
  • Prepares and provides guidance in the preparation of proposal cash flow models and working capital analysis.
  • Allocates indirect costs and fee to owner pay items when required.
  • Performs and reviews escalation calculations for estimates of complex jobs.
  • Identifies ways to mitigate risk.  Assesses the uncertainties associated with productivity, material pricing, wage rates and quantity variation. 


The following duties are performed with respect to Foundation Development, the process of establishing and maintaining technical capabilities for personnel, cost databases and tools:

  • Supports development of estimating standards and procedures.
  • Sponsors, develops and presents training in areas of expertise for courses and on‑the‑job training.
  • Performs analysis on received commercial data.


The following duties are performed with respect to Project/Site Management Support, the process of providing support services to projects/sites in the form of external cost analysis and estimate reviews in addition to estimate-to-budget conversions:

  • Prepares cost studies utilizing historical data, statistical analysis and cost and quantity comparisons.  Develops new techniques as required to meet specific needs.
  • Converts estimates into project budgets with execution team clearly communicating assumptions and rationale.  Assists projects in identifying scope deviations.
  • Analyzes cost/price data from suppliers/subcontractors, ePCWorks, EPPR, and QURR with the ability to generate comparative data (historical costs and other metrics) as part of the cost/price analysis.
  • Participates in and contributes to Value Engineering studies.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management, project management or related discipline from an accredited university and 13+ years of professional experience, or in lieu of a degree, a high school diploma and 19+ years of project controls experience on EPC job or equivalent job. 


 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated intermediate-to-advanced understanding of Estimating core processes requiring minimal direction and supervision.
  • Experience in estimating in DOE and/or commercial decommissioning and/or remediation and/or waste management
  • Knowledge of estimating software tools (preferred experience with Hard Dollar software, but open to other types)
  • Experience in price to win strategies and/or leading/supporting estimates during proposal bids
  • Willingness to take ownership of new software and processes; become an estimating SME for Environmental markets (i.e. knowledgeable, can-do attitude, strong leadership potential, accountable)
  • Advanced knowledge of EPC estimating methods, processes, and procedures.  Understands estimate types, classifications, and components.  Specifically understands detail level estimates and design packages.  Experience with Lump Sum Design Build and/or OOM estimates. 
  • Significant knowledge and experience in quantity takeoffs, statistical analysis, and cost and price analysis, life cycle analysis and management of personnel. 
  • Skilled in understanding and implementing technical discipline processes, engineering drawings, quantity determinations, and mathematical and financial reports.
  • Intermediate knowledge of the applicable Bechtel processes and systems.  Knowledge of administrative and supervisor practices.
  • Advanced understanding of craft productivity, current market pricing in related areas and knowledge of construction practices in local work region.
  • Advanced knowledge of construction methods and techniques in area of specialization and have a general understanding of other disciplines.  Familiar with engineering and construction codes and standards.
  • Knowledge of the principles of Life-Cycle costing, cost in use, and operating costs and ability to undertake a Net Present Value (NPV) analysis.
  • Thorough understanding of project cash flows and the corresponding time value of money as the cost of working capital.
  • Thorough understanding of cost index and escalation projection sources.
  • Understands and contributes to risk and contingency assessments.
  • Proficient in Microsoft and scheduling software applications currently being used by Bechtel (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Primavera, Microsoft Project
  • Skilled in oral and written communications, including presentation skills and ability to address a group of supervisors.






Shaping tomorrow together!

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.

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, national origin, or protected
veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.