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Project Trend Engineer, Mobile Launcher 2 (ML2)

Requisition ID:  243499

Requisition Posting End Date: 11/29/2021

Project Description:

NASA has selected Bechtel National, Inc., of Reston, Virginia, to design and build a second mobile launcher, known as Mobile Launcher 2 or ML2, for Exploration Ground Systems at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. We invite you to join our team for this very interesting opportunity!


Principal Responsibilities:

The following duties are performed with respect to trend 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:

  • Prepares and facilitates the review of trend and proposal estimates and ensures their quality and integrity.
  • Provides direct support to the change control process and to the incorporation of approved budget change notices within project controls systems.
  • Prepares non-manual, distributable or contractors indirect cost estimates, developing the basis for temporary facilities, miscellaneous construction services, construction tools and equipment, non‑manual staffing, startup services, payroll taxes and insurance, and other field costs.
  • Prepares basis and assumption documentation. Ensures lessons learned are incorporated.
  • Reviews design and or Request for Proposal (RFP) scope criteria and quantities for completeness and reasonableness, and coordinates with the project team to develop additional estimating basis when information is incomplete. Suggests alternatives when appropriate.
  • Establishes and reviews the conceptual scopes of estimates and studies when a definition is not available through an ability to conceptualize the design of the finished product.
  • Demonstrates specialized contingency analysis skills to compensate for undefined scope.
  • Supports bid evaluation of cost and schedule criteria and prepares bid evaluations. May participate in discussions with vendors.
  • Effectively presents estimate review packages to the project team, department management and business line management. Schedules internal reviews.
  • Allocates indirect costs and fees to owner pay items when required.
  • Performs and reviews escalation calculations for estimates of complex scopes of work.
  • Identifies ways to mitigate risk. Assesses the uncertainties associated with productivity, material pricing, wage rates and quantity variation.
  • Develops an achievable estimate plan, inclusive of budget, and leads the project team in the preparation and review of trend and proposal estimates.
  • Consolidates proposal estimate components and prepares the proposal cost volume, basis of estimate, and bid forms.
  • Prepares and provides guidance in the preparation of proposal cash flow models and working capital analysis.


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

  • Supports the development of project trend 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 providing support services to the project team in the form of 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 trend estimates into project budgets with the project team clearly communicating assumptions and rationale. Assists in identifying scope deviations.
  • Analyzes cost/price data from suppliers/subcontractors, Cost Processors, 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:

  • Level 1: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university and at least 6 years of professional experience, or in lieu of a degree, a high school diploma and at least 12 years of professional experience.
  • Level 2: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university and at least 9 years of professional experience, or in lieu of a degree, a high school diploma and at least 15 years of professional experience.
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident of the US per contract requirements.
  • Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check which includes verification of employment and education. 
  • All employees are subject and agree to random drug and alcohol testing as a condition of employment and successfully go through a government screening process. Unescorted access approval is required. 
  • Candidate must successfully clear government background check.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated intermediate-to-advanced understanding of trend estimating core processes requiring minimal direction and supervision.
  • Knowledge of trend estimating software tools.
  • Experience in price-to-win strategies and/or leading/supporting estimates during proposal bids.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of administrative and supervisor practices.
  • Advanced knowledge of construction methods and techniques in the 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 software applications currently being used by Bechtel (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Skilled in oral and written communications, including presentation skills and ability to address a group of supervisors.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in trend estimating for US Government customers.
  • Willingness to take ownership of new software and processes and become an estimating SME (i.e., knowledgeable, can-do attitude, strong leadership potential, accountability).
  • Intermediate knowledge of the applicable Bechtel processes and systems.
  • Based on project goals and objectives, candidates established within our local community are desirable.



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.

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