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Senior Cost Engineer( Keeyask)

Requisition ID:  220753

Job Summary:


Bechtel’s work on one of the largest hydroelectric projects in North America today harnesses the power of one of Canada’s great river systems.  In 2014, the Bechtel-led BBE Hydro Constructors Limited Partnership began laying the groundwork for this new 695-megawatt powerhouse. As the centerpiece of the Keeyask Generation and Infrastructure Project, its seven turbine units will provide enough renewable energy to power 400,000 homes.  BBE is formed of Bechtel Canada in partnership with Montana-based Barnard Construction Company and Canadian contractor EllisDon. The Keeyask project involves massive cast-in-place concrete structures—chiefly a spillway and the powerhouse structure—totaling more than 345,000 cubic yards (330,000 cubic meters).

BBE’s work also includes about 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers) of earth-filled dams and 14 miles (23 kilometers) of earthen dikes. The consortium is currently constructing cofferdams that will be pumped out to create dry work areas for the powerhouse, the spillway, and other structures. This is a long term position for 12-14 months.


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.


Job Responsibilities:


  • 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:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, Construction Management or related field with 6-9 years of project controls or cost related work experience.  In lieu of Bachelor’s degree 12-15 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.

  • 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.


Basic Physical Qualification:
Must be able to walk at least 3 miles per day over uneven ground and be able to climb stair towers 75’ in height at least 6 times per day to access project equipment.

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



This position is located in Thompson, Canada and employees are housed in a modern work camp.  All meals and lodging are provided along with amenities like a gym and movie theatre.  Employees work 21 days on and have 10 consecutive days off.  This is a remote wilderness location, so all transportation is arranged by our travel group in the Winnipeg location including busing and air travel.

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.