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Sr MEP Estimator, GBSD

Requisition ID:  235102

Requisition Posting End Date: 06/15/2021

Project Overview:

Bechtel is on the Northrop Grumman Corp. team preparing to deliver the U.S. Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) system of inter-continental ballistic missiles and launch infrastructure. GBSD is a vital U.S. Air Force program designed to modernize the nation’s aging force of inter-continental ballistic missiles, which make up the ground element of the nuclear deterrent. As part of the Northrop Grumman GBSD nationwide team, Bechtel will provide launch system design, construction, and integration.


A major contractor for the United States and allied governments, Bechtel has handled such efforts as chemical weapons demilitarization projects, missile defense, infrastructure, base operations, procurement and project management, and restoration and recovery spanning half a century. We use our expertise to help our customers securely and effectively transform mission delivery.


We invite you to join our team for this very interesting opportunity!


Position Summary:

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:

  • Prepares mechanical, electrical, and piping capital cost estimates using current techniques, reference project information, and market pricing.
  • Provides input on the level of effort required (cost/job hours) through coordination with functions and/or vendors and consolidates input for costing. 
  • Performs and reviews methodology for quantity takeoffs from design drawings for multidiscipline sections and customizes forms etc. to reflect the best effort.
  • Produces capital cost costs estimate using a crew-based approach including formation of crews from multiple disciplines. Provides detailed pricing for manual labor rates.
  • Develops unit rates for discipline-specific items.
  • Assists in developing conceptual quantities to supplement partial Design Build design documents.
  • Prepares basis and assumption documentation denoting rationale, inclusions, and exclusions. 
  • Quantifies and spreads escalation based on project schedule and estimated costs. 
  • Develops and performs analysis of project cash models and the corresponding time value of money as the cost of working capital correlating scheduled activities and cost. Generates payment schedules. 
  • Supports risk analysis assessment by identifying areas of risk.
  • Supports contingency development efforts.
  • Assists in developing unit staffing, job hour, and pricing data for mechanical, electrical, and piping work including estimating parameters, factors, indices, and craft distribution reference data, etc., based on analysis of Bechtel and industry experience. Performs data analysis, identifies problems and makes recommendations. Identifies or defines data sources and techniques for data acquisition.
  • Prepares reports and estimate summaries for estimate reviews. Participates in estimate reviews and presentations, as appropriate.

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

  • Researches develop and maintain costs, quantities, ratios, and metrics of the historical cost databases.  Understands the data and various sources of data. Extracts non-standard data and formulates the data into a comparative summary format for analysis.
  • Inputs cost data into the historical cost databases. Files completed estimates with all relevant backup documentation yielding an easy-to-follow paper trail.
  • Generates estimates with appropriate global business unit software.

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:

  • Converts work breakdown structure used in the estimate to project job and sub-job codes.
  • Converts commodity-coding system used in the estimate to a system for a project.
  • Performs price or cost analysis for reasonableness.


Qualifications and Skills:

  • Level 1 - Must possess at least a bachelors’ (BS/BA) degree from an accredited university and six (6) or more years of relevant professional experience, or in lieu of a degree, high school diploma or equivalent and twelve (12) or more years of directly relevant professional experience.
  • Level 2 - Must possess at least a bachelors’ (BS/BA) degree from an accredited university and nine (9) or more years of relevant professional experience, or in lieu of a degree, high school diploma or equivalent and fifteen (15) or more years of directly relevant professional experience.
  • US citizenship is required per contract requirements.
  • Must possess an active security clearance or an ability to obtain a security clearance.
  • Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check including verification of employment, education, and travel.
  • Must be able to obtain a site security badge for access to the worksite.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated intermediate understanding of Estimating core processes requiring minimal direction and supervision.
  • Knowledge of EPC estimating methods, processes, and procedures, in addition to the estimate types, classifications, and components. Experience with Lump Sum Design-Build estimates. Specifically understands detail level estimates and design packages.
  • Knowledge of market pricing and pricing sources in the area of specialization.
  • Broad knowledge and experience in construction estimating practices and methods.
  • Practical experience in performing quantity takeoffs, statistical analysis, and cost and price analysis. Skill in understanding technical discipline processes. Familiar with engineering and construction codes and standards.
  • Familiar with commercial terms and conditions (contractor relationships, currency exchange, taxation, inflation, insurance, escalation, etc.).
  • Understanding of cost index and escalation projections sources.
  • Full understanding of project cash flows and the corresponding time value of money as the cost of working capital.
  • Familiar with risk and contingency. 
  • Excellent applied analytical and quantitative skills. Effective in utilizing metrics to provide reasonableness checks.
  • Basic knowledge of financial report systems, Controller account codes, and understanding of Controller Instructions that impact estimates. 
  • Proficiency in basic Microsoft software applications currently being used by Bechtel (Word, Excel, Access. PowerPoint). Knowledge of scheduling software used by Bechtel (Primavera, Microsoft Project). 
  • Proficiency in estimating applications used for discipline estimates.
  • Skilled in oral and written communication with basic presentation skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Significant experience in major project mechanical, electrical, and piping estimating.
  • Experience in parametric estimating techniques.
  • EPC/EPCM/EVMS experience on major projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people of varied backgrounds and objectives.

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 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.