JOB TITLE: Estimator

REPORTS TO: Director of Pre-Construction & Estimating
LOCATION: Portland, OR
DATE POSTED: 2020-02-20

We are seeking a dynamic and motivated Estimator located in the Portland, OR office.

The Structural Framing Division of MiTek® USA Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. is driven to provide innovative structural solutions to the commercial building industry focused around Building Envelope Design, Manufacturing, Steel Framing and Structural Engineered Designs.

Our Estimating Department is looking for a talented Estimator who will prepare cost estimates by analyzing proposals and requirements. The Estimator will be responsible for appropriately evaluating the cost of a project and evaluating the cost to take on that project. The Estimator will be familiar with our competitive advantages as an organization and will be able to communicate those to our benefit throughout the bidding process.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Evaluates the project and determine the scope of the bid with the Director of Pre-Construction & Estimating.
  2. Reviews all architectural drawings, specifications, and addenda for the project.
  3. Reviews all proposal drawings, structural calculations, and other information prepared by Benson Engineering
    Department and outside consultants for compliance with the bidding documents.
  4. Evaluates the project construction schedule for visual mock-ups, performance testing, material delivery and field
    installation and advise the Manager.
  5. Prepares a complete quantity survey for all materials to be included in the scope of the bid.
  6. Prepares material summaries and sketches as required for the solicitation of quotations as required for the
    preparation of the cost estimate.
  7. Estimates all field and shop labor hours required for the scope of the works.
  8. Obtains labor rates, tax rates, transportation expenses, duty rates and any other cost information as required for the
    preparation of the cost estimate.
  9. Solicits for subcontractor quotations as necessary to complete the scope of work. Update subcontractors with plans,
    specifications, and addenda.
  10. Reviews vendor quotations for accuracy, completeness, and conformity with the specifications. Updates vendors when
    addendums are issued and handle questions and clarifications from vendors.
  11. Prepares a complete and accurate cost estimate for the project.
  12. Meets required deadlines for proposals.
  13. Prepares sales prices, formal proposals, unit prices, and other breakdowns as required by the bid forms. Sales Price
    markup will be provided by the V.P. of Business Development.
  14. Prepares a complete list of inclusions, clarifications, and exclusions to be submitted with the bid.
  15. Utilizes Benson’s computerized estimating spreadsheets and proposal forms in Microsoft Excel and Word.
  16. Assists in the preparation of the Benson’s Bid Package for submittal to the customer.
  17. Performs additional assignments per the Manager’s direction.
  18. Attendance in the office during normal business hours.

Qualified Candidates Will Possess the Following:

  1. College education and/or related business experience preferred.
  2. Field experience for an understanding of curtainwall construction practice is desirable.
  3. MS Office
  4. Bluebeam, Building Connected and AutoCAD preferred
  5. Ability to read and understand technical architectural specifications and engineering data relating to exterior cladding
  6. Ability to read and understand architectural drawings, structural drawings, and curtainwall design drawings for the
    purpose of quantifying the exterior cladding systems for both standard and custom curtainwall systems.
  7. An understanding of building materials as used in custom curtainwall cladding such as glass, metal panels, stone,
    custom aluminum extrusions, and other support systems as they are applied.
  8. Ability to estimate field and shop labor hours.
  9. An understanding of building codes as it relates to the exterior cladding.
  10. Management and communication skills.
  11. High mathematical aptitude and communicating/writing skills.

Office Hours & Travel:

Full Time, Monday-Friday

Application for Position:

Please indicate your interest by submitting your resume by filling out an application online.

Selections will be made based on a combination of skills, knowledge, and abilities. Indicating your interest in this position does not necessarily guarantee that you will be hired.

Benson is an E-Verify and Drug and Tobacco-Free Workplace

We are an Equal Opportunity, M/F Veterans, People with Disabilities, Affirmative Action, and E-Verify employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, tribal affiliation, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, disability status, medical condition, genetics, pregnancy, or any other considerations under federal, state, or local law.

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