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Estimator, NS&E

Requisition ID:  243719

Requisition Posting End Date: 11/30/2021

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.

Role Overview:
Prepares civil, structural, architectural discipline estimates for specific project proposal activities.  Provides estimating assistance and guidance to projects, develops conceptual estimates and performs cost analysis. Responsible for assisting in developing and updating historical databases.  

This position will be assigned to an NS&E office and be designated as part-time telework.

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

  • Performs quantity takeoffs for a discipline or commodity specialty using design drawings.  
  • Collect, reconcile and verify data for summary comparisons.  
  • Applies unit rates (cost and jobhour) to quantities and performs portions of the total cost estimate within a discipline or commodity specialty using standard estimating templates.
  • Produces cost estimates using a crew-based approach including the formation of crews from multiple crafts.
  • Prepares portions of estimates by estimating detailed pricing for manual labor rates (capital cost estimates) and/or field office non-manual labor and other direct costs (ODC) in addition to home office labor and ODCs.
  • Develops cost models for travel, relocation, automation and ODCs computations.
  • Generates field indirect and distributable costs using detailed guidelines and/or standard templates.
  • Provides input to estimate basis documentation capturing assumptions, rationale, scope inclusions and exclusions for specific contributions.
  • Supports reporting efforts and estimate summary presentations for estimate reviews.  
  • Quantifies and spreads escalation based on project schedule and estimated costs.
  • Calculates project cash flows and the corresponding time value of money as the cost of working capital and generates payment schedules.


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:

  • Assists in the conversion of estimates to budgets by entering and collecting commodity coding system and work breakdown structure data.  
  • Supports cost analysis services by working with discipline or specialty groups to collect, develop, classify and verify study support data. 
  • Provides support for special estimating and other assignments.
  • Develops and supports Primavera P6 schedules for the proposed work.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Level 1: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and at least 1 year of professional experience or, in lieu of a degree, a high school diploma or equivalent and at least 7 years of professional related experience.
  • Level 2: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and at least 3 years of professional experience or, in lieu of a degree, a high school diploma or equivalent and at least 9 years of professional related experience.
  • Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check which includes verification of employment and education.  
  • Must be a US citizen per contract support requirements.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Large-scale infrastructure experience for engineering, procurement and construction scope.
  • Must have intermediate Microsoft Office skills.
  • Skilled in oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of Project Controls general technical skills.
  • Knowledge of engineering and construction management is customarily acquired over time through specialized instruction or practical experience.
  • Proficiency in PC operating systems and several basic software applications such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint.


Preferred Qualifications:
•    Proficiency in multiple discipline-specific applications (Primavera, Cost processors, etc.).
•    Previous Earned Value Management System experience on a government EPC job.
•    Prior project controls onsite field construction experience on large, complex EPC projects. 
•    Flexibility to respond to urgent project requests and/or changing priorities.
•    Ability to work under pressure and with minimal supervision.
•    Demonstrated ability to work with people of varied backgrounds and objectives.


Bechtel’s internal staffing policy includes the minimum time that you need to be in your current position before applying to a new position. Please refer to the applicable policy manual and ensure you meet the minimum requirements.

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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