Cost Engineer - Estimator

Ridgecrest, CA

Posted: 08/05/2022 Employment Type: Temp/Contract Job Number: real_street-2121 Pay Rate: 41.00 USD HOUR

Job Description

Since 2001, RealStreet has connected management executives for the construction industry to contractors working on commercial and government projects. As a leading firm in the country which specializes entirely in senior level construction employment, we have cultivated long-term relationships with many of the industry's leading companies enabling us access to the top companies throughout the continental U.S.

RealStreet currently has a great opportunity for a Cost Engineer - Estimator in Ridgecrest, CA. This individual will be working on a Government contract to provide oversight duties for individual construction projects. The position provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid holidays and time off, an extensive insurance plan and a 401(k) retirement plan with a generous company match (additional benefit details listed below).

Job Responsibilities

The Cost Engineer – Estimator will be responsible for analyzing and estimating extensive architectural/engineering alterations and modifications to existing facilities and new facilities on projects with a value in the range of $100M-$400M.

Responsibilities of the Cost Engineer – Estimator include:

  • Providing analysis to determine cost projections, including:
    • Designs
    • Drawings
    • Proposals
    • Scopes of Work
  • Developing comprehension budget cost estimates for complex construction assemblies and building system composites for all facility project types, including:
    • Multi-family housing facilities
    • Industrial and operational facilities
  • Developing detailed cost estimates for project under construction either Design-Build or Design-Bid-Build
  • Performing Quality Control and Quality Assurance and reviews of complex cost estimates
  • Identifying project cost exposures
  • Providing recommendations for cost-effecting solutions
  • Participating in pre-award and post-award meetings
  • Reviewing proposals for adherence to bid documents, including:
    • Notifying of any issues
    • Discrepancies or duplication by contractor
  • Visiting construction sites to monitor progress including the review of estimates

Job Requirements

Specific qualifications for the Cost Engineer – Estimator role include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from an accredited ABET university or an architectural degree from an NAAB accredited university
  • 10 years minimum experience in cost estimating on commercial / industrial type facilities contracts with at least five (5) values in excess of $50 million
  • 5 years minimum experience working with architectural, engineering or construction firms in the design field on commercial / industrial type facilities with at least five (5) valued in excess of $10 million with experience that shall demonstrate:
    • Advanced understanding of all phases of design
    • Knowledge of local, state, federal and foreign country laws, codes and other statutory requirements affecting cost estimating
    • Knowledge of budgeting, planning and project cost management techniques
    • Coordinating architectural design with the engineering disciplines for Design-Bid-Build and Design-Build projects
  • Software skills, including a minimum of five years (5) experience, utilizing all aspects of:
    • RS Means CostWorks
    • Success Estimator (NAVFAC Approved)
    • Micro-computer Aided Cost Estimating System (MCAES) Second Generation (MII)
    • Autodesk
    • Microsoft Office suite of applications
  • Ability to manually move about construction jobsites
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect is preferred
  • Certification as a PMP with the Project Management Institute or CCM with the Construction Management Association of America is highly desirable
  • Three (3) years’ experience working on NAVFAC or Army Corps of Engineers projects is preferred
  • Must have a valid, current Driver’s License
  • Must be a US Citizen


RealStreet offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes:

  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with generous company match
  • Medical Insurance Plan which includes prescription coverage
  • Voluntary Vision Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance & Long-Term Disability

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RealStreet saved us more than once with temporary help on some of our most demanding construction projects, particularly when we needed experienced, responsible and professional individuals on such short notice. We were particularly grateful for the Quality Control Manager (QCM) you were able to provide while our full-time QCM was on short-term disability, at the Read More…

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