Share this Job

Lead Cost Engineer( Dallas, TX)

Requisition ID:  220759

Job Summary:

Bechtel has been awarded a contract to provide project management services for the Texas High Speed Rail Project. The Infrastructure team will support Texas Central through the development phase, from February 2018 to late 2019, which will be followed by the execution phase.

When completed, the project will serve the 240-mile corridor between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth, with a travel time of 90 minutes. Three stations are currently planned (Dallas/Fort Worth, the Brazos Valley, and Houston), and they will provide connectivity to highways and public transit networks. The high-speed trains will carry commuters on regular intervals during peak and non-peak hours. This position is for 6 Month Temporary Assignment.


Job Responsibilities:

The Cost Engineer will perform cost estimating, analysis, and control activities. Supports project organizational and administrative activities when delegated. Supervises cost engineering activities when delegated.


  • Prepares Project Controls plans, and detailed manpower utilization plans for discipline or specialty activities.
  • Assists with contract management and payments.
  • Determines scope definition requirements for discipline or other specialty and works with Engineering and other sources to coordinate the production of required data to conform to the overall estimate preparation plan.
  • Performs or coordinates quantity development and verification for discipline or specialty. Develops, or assists in the development of, quantity bases for the assumption.
  • Performs, or coordinates the performance of, pricing structure development and application to takeoffs, derived quantities, quantity assumption, and cost allowances within a discipline or other specialty.
  • Plans, coordinates, and directs the preparation of specific budgets. Assists in developing requirements for budgeting standards.
  • Develops and implements requirements for cost recording, reporting, and analyzing standards, programs, and reports. Performs performance monitoring and control functions.
  • Assists in developing specific project codes of accounts and recommends appropriate modifications and revisions. This includes training in the proper use of and definitions for the cost accounts.
  • Investigates requirements for estimating and/or cost control data for a specific discipline or other specialty applications.
  • Identifies or defines data sources and techniques for data acquisition and collects required data for a specific discipline or other specialty applications.
  • Assists in developing unit hour and pricing data for a specific discipline or another specialty, including estimating parameters, factors, indices, productivity and craft distribution reference data, etc., based on analysis of Bechtel and industry experience. Performs data analysis, identifies problems, and makes recommendations.
  • Creates and implements measurement systems for given processes, analyzes performance metric results, and identifies improvements.



Job Qualifications:

  • BS Degree in Engineering, Construction, Project Management or related field with 9-13 years of industry experience.  In lieu of degree 15-19 years of directly related professional experience. 
  • Experience in performing, monitoring, and reviewing cost engineering functions, which include cost estimating, cost control, and cost analysis.
  • Experience with EcoSys.
  • Excellent oral and written Communication.
  • Knowledge of financial reporting systems and controller account codes, and an understanding of Controller instructions, which impact Project Controls (including Project Financial Status Reports and Earned Revenue Determination Data).
  • Intermediate level of knowledge of engineering, procurement, contracts, construction, and startup work processes, as performed by Bechtel.
  • Knowledge of engineering and construction management customarily acquired over time through specialized instruction or practical experience.
  • Rail System experience preferred.




This is an opportunity be part of a large Texas-based infrastructure project that supports the development and implementation of a new high-speed passenger railroad based on Central Japan Railway Company’s Shinkansen system.  The project management team has mobilized to Dallas, Texas and is working in a high energy and a highly motivated environment alongside the client team.  This position is currently classified as short-term pending the client’s decision and timing to move to the next phase of funding this project, currently forecast for Summer 2019, at such time, a transfer to a long term position will occur. 

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; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; 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, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.