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Cost Engineer

Requisition ID:  258078

Requisition Posting End Date: 

Job Summary:

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Today, our colleagues’ team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.


Bechtel is seeking a Cost Engineer to join the Riverside, California team. This team oversees the planning, environmental clearance, design, and construction of projects on the state highway system, under California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) oversight and following Caltrans’ standards and procedures, and on commuter and freight rail lines, under Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF), and/or Union Pacific Railroad (UP) oversight and following their standards. In this position you will have an opportunity to work alongside a dynamic team of industry professionals across the globe to support the project team.


The position will report to Bechtel’s Project Controls Manager and the work includes performing cost estimating, analysis, invoice review, invoice processing, development of progress reports to various government agencies, and control activities, as directed. The specific responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to, the following:


Job Responsibilities:

  • Assists with Client contract management and payments.
  • Reviews monthly professional services and contractor invoices for various Client transportation projects, the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, and Client-owned SCRRA station maintenance.
  • Prepares Independent Cost Estimates (ICE) for upcoming Client professional services contracts.
  • Performs Bid Analyses comparing various bidders to each other and to the previously prepared ICE.
  • Coordinates with Client Project Managers and Bechtel Project Coordinators for bi-weekly reviews of Client Capital projects, including bi-weekly costs analyses.
  • Monitor Client environmental, design, construction management, and geotechnical on-call contracts.
  • Plans, coordinates, and directs the preparation of Client-specific annual budgets, annual accruals, and quarterly budget vs. actual reporting.
  • Develops and implements requirements for cost recording, reporting, and analyzing standards, programs, and reports. Performs performance monitoring and control functions.
  • 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.
  • Performs data analysis, identifies problems, and makes recommendations.
  • Creates and implements measurement systems for given processes, analyzes performance metric results, and identifies improvements.
  • Actively participates in and promotes the company’s Safety, Quality, and Diversity & Inclusion programs.


Basic Qualifications:  

  • Level 1: Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, Construction Management or related field with one (1) years of project controls or cost related work experience. In lieu of Bachelor’s degree seven (7) years of project controls or cost control experience.
  • Level 2: Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, Construction Management or related field with three (3) years of project controls or cost related work experience. In lieu of Bachelor’s degree nine (9) years of project controls or cost control experience.
  • Experience in performing, monitoring, and reviewing cost engineering functions, which include cost estimating, cost control, and cost analysis.
  • Excellent oral and written Communication.
  • Well versed in Microsoft Office 365 software applications.
  • Knowledge of financial reporting systems and controller account codes.
  • Intermediate level of knowledge of engineering, procurement, contracts, construction, and startup work processes.
  • Knowledge of engineering and construction management customarily acquired over time through specialized instruction or practical experience.
  • Knowledge of Caltrans and/or FTA procedures and processes preferred, but not required.


 Basic Behavioral: 

  •  Ability to understand and explain work processes and procedures to staff, management, and clients.
  • Ability to take initiative in project related tasks, in terms of policy/technical research and coordinating with relevant stakeholders.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize workload to ensure effective project delivery.
  • Ability to take direction from the client and provide clear direction to staff and consultants on project related tasks.
  • Demonstrated leadership in a team-based environment. 
  • Ability to work effectively independently and in a team atmosphere.
  • Must be results and solutions oriented and be able to solve problems. 
  • Be able to prepare correspondence, reports, analysis, etc.



The ideal candidate will have the right to live and work in the United States and current or previous experience with Bechtel work processes related to cost.

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.

In accordance with Bechtel's duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace for our employees and to safeguard the health of our families, customers, and visitors, we have adopted mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols for each work location, which may include a vaccination or testing requirement. Please speak with your Bechtel recruiter to determine which protocols apply to the work location for the job you are seeking.