Cost Estimator

Alexandria, VA 22314

Posted: 02/15/2019 Employment Type: Temp/Contract to Direct Industry: Engineering Job Number: real_street-1915 Pay Rate: 28.85-43.27
Job Description

Since 2001, RealStreet has connected management executives for the construction industry to contractors working on commercial and government projects.  As the 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.

We currently have a great assignment for a Cost Estimator with one of our top clients.  Our client is a cost and project management firm that provides independent, practical and actionable advice to their clients.

Job Responsibilities

The Cost Estimator will assist with preparing the client with cost estimating, bid analysis, change order management, life-cycle costs analysis, contractual interpretation and positioning, value management and all other commercial construction aspects. The Cost Estimator will collaborate between our cost managers and project managers such that each benefits from the other’s project experience and complementary skill sets to continually improve services.

The Cost Estimator shall:

  • Provide detailed cost estimates with labor, material and equipment breakdowns at all stages of project life-cycle: feasibility, concept through the various design stages to pre-bid
  • Responsible for change order management
  • Apply knowledge of architectural, structural and civil disciplines
  • Apply knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems
  • Perform bid analysis
  • Process monthly payment applications from General Contractors
  • Provide life-cycle cost analysis and other economic studies 
Job Requirements

Specific qualifications for the Cost Estimator role include:

  • 7+ years cost management experience on medium to large-scale construction projects such as hospitality, commercial, educational and governmental
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher degree in a construction-related discipline
  • Has working knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems
  • Knowledge of architectural, structural and civil disciplines
  • Ability to effectively plan, manage time and problem-solve
  • Capacity to work in a team setting with minimal supervision or direction
  • Experience in writing business documents such as reports, detailed letters and emails
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite programs
  • Experience with estimating software such as Bluebeam
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen*

*The nature of this position requires all candidates to be US Citizens and eligible to obtain and maintain an Active Clearance.  Background checks will be required prior to start of assignment and will encompass a criminal background check as well as a credit check.



RealStreet offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes:

  • Health, dental, vision and prescription coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • 401(k) with generous company match
  • Paid time off

Build a better construction career with RealStreet and contact us today!


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We have had an eight-year relationship with RealStreet on a number of federal construction management contracts. They have been extremely responsive to our needs, helping us fill a variety of construction services positions, often with short notice. They have been a reliable and responsive partner, and we can always count on them to quickly deliver Read More…

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