Estimator - Wilmington

11/13/16
KBR (www.kbrjobs.com)
Other

/yr

  Full Time   Employee


WILMINGTON
Delaware
United States

Title: Estimator - Wilmington

Location: US-US-DE-WILMINGTON

Job Number: 1046651

Career Overview

Cost estimators collect and analyze data in order to estimate the time, money, materials, labor and equipment required to manufacture a product, construct a building, or provide a service. They generally specialize in a particular industry or type of product.

Estimator Job Responsibilities:

Prepares cost estimates by analyzing data, proposals and requirements.

Estimator Job Duties:

• Prepares work to be estimated by gathering proposals, blueprints, specifications, and related documents.

• Identifies labor, material, time. And equipment requirements by studying proposals, blueprints, specifications, and related documents.

• Computes costs by analyzing labor, material, and time requirements.

• Resolves discrepancies by collecting and analyzing information.

• Presents prepared estimate by assembling and displaying numerical and descriptive information.

• Prepares special reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.

• Maintains cost data base by entering and backing up data.

• Maintains technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing technical publications.

• Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

• Obtains bids from vendors and subcontractors by specifying materials.

• Maintains cost keys and price masters by updating information.

• Maintains quality service by following organization standards.

• Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.

• Contributes and works as team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

• Identify and quantify cost factors, such as production time and raw material, equipment, and labor expenses

• Collaborate with engineers, architects, owners, and contractors on estimates

Estimator Skills and Qualifications:

Analyzing Information , Estimating, Planning, Reporting Research Results, Data Center Experience, Strategic Planning, Attention to Detail, Informing Others, Requirements Analysis. Developing Budgets, Vendor Relationships, Reporting Skills, Estimating, Decision Making, Teamwork, Documentation Skills, Quality Focus

• Analyzes blueprints, specifications, proposals, and other documentation to prepare time, cost, and labor estimates for projects or services, applying knowledge of specialized methodologies, techniques, principles, or processes. Reviews data to determine material and labor requirements and prepares itemized lists. Computes cost factors and prepares estimates used for management purposes, such as planning, organizing, and scheduling work, preparing bids, selecting vendors or subcontractors, and determining cost effectiveness. Conducts studies to develop and establish standard hour and related cost data for identified standardized tasks. Consults with clients, vendors, craft personnel, engineers or other individuals to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues with regard to the task. Utilizes applicable computer system to document estimation details.

• Proficient in SAP for extracting project costs, including labor, materials, equipment rentals, work order costs tracking.

• Proficient in creating Excel spreadsheets.

• Professional speaking skills to small teams, including clients.

• Identify and quantify cost factors, such as production time, materials, labor and equipment expenses

• Read blueprints, ISO sketch’s, and technical documents in order to prepare estimates

• Collaborate with engineers, architects, clients, and contractors on estimates

• Consult with industry experts to discuss estimates and resolve issues

• Use computer software to calculate estimates

• Evaluate a product’s cost-effectiveness or profitability

• Recommend ways to make a product more cost effective or profitable

• Work with teams to prepare estimates and proposals for clients

• Develop project plans for the duration of the project

• Need to meet deadlines in order to prepare bids.

• Accurately predicting the cost, size, and duration of future construction and manufacturing projects is vital to the survival of businesses. Cost estimators’ calculations give managers or investors this information.

• When making calculations, estimators analyze many inputs in order to determine how much time, money, and labor a project needs and how profitable it will be. These estimates have to take many factors into account, including allowances for wasted material, bad weather, shipping delays, and other factors that can increase costs and lower profitability.

• Use computer software, including databases, to simulate building construction. Cost estimators often use a computer database with information on the costs of other, similar projects.

Work Environment

• Travel to local job sites to gather information on materials needed, labor requirements, and other factors.

WORK SCHEDULES

Cost estimators usually work full time. Some, however, are required to work overtime in order to meet deadlines.

Education and Training

A bachelor’s degree is generally required for someone to become a cost estimator. However, a few highly experienced construction workers may qualify without a bachelor’s degree.

EDUCATION

Increasingly, employers prefer candidates who have a bachelor’s degree. A strong background in mathematics is essential.

Construction cost estimators generally need a bachelor’s degree in an industry-related field, such as construction management, building science, or engineering. Those interested in estimating manufacturing costs typically need a bachelor’s degree in engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, or statistics. Some employers accept candidates with backgrounds in business-related disciplines, such as accounting, finance, and business.

WORK EXPERIENCE IN A RELATED OCCUPATION

3-7 years plus

LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, AND REGISTRATIONS

Voluntary certification can show competence and experience in the field. In some instances, employers may require professional certification before hiring. The American Society of Professional Estimators, the Association for the Advancement of Cost Estimating International (also known as AACE International), and the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association each offer a variety of certifications.

To become certified, estimators generally must have at least 2 years of estimating experience and must pass a written exam.

IMPORTANT QUALITIES

Analytical skills. Accurately evaluating detailed specifications is crucial to a cost estimator’s success. For example, a cost estimator must determine how to minimize costs without sacrificing quality.

Detail oriented. Cost estimators must pay attention to small details because such details may have a large impact on a product’s overall cost.

Technical skills. Detailed knowledge of industry processes, materials, and costs are vital to estimators. In addition, they should be able to use specialized computer programs to calculate equations and handle large databases.

Time-management skills. Because cost estimators often work on fixed deadlines, they must plan their work in advance and work efficiently and accurately.

Writing skills. Cost estimators must be able to write detailed reports. Often, these reports determine whether or not contracts are awarded or products are manufactured.

Qualifications:

Career Overview

Cost estimators collect and analyze data in order to estimate the time, money, materials, labor and equipment required to manufacture a product, construct a building, or provide a service. They generally specialize in a particular industry or type of product.

Estimator Job Responsibilities:

Prepares cost estimates by analyzing data, proposals and requirements.

Estimator Job Duties:

• Prepares work to be estimated by gathering proposals, blueprints, specifications, and related documents.

• Identifies labor, material, time. And equipment requirements by studying proposals, blueprints, specifications, and related documents.

• Computes costs by analyzing labor, material, and time requirements.

• Resolves discrepancies by collecting and analyzing information.

• Presents prepared estimate by assembling and displaying numerical and descriptive information.

• Prepares special reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.

• Maintains cost data base by entering and backing up data.

• Maintains technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing technical publications.

• Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

• Obtains bids from vendors and subcontractors by specifying materials.

• Maintains cost keys and price masters by updating information.

• Maintains quality service by following organization standards.

• Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.

• Contributes and works as team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

• Identify and quantify cost factors, such as production time and raw material, equipment, and labor expenses

• Collaborate with engineers, architects, owners, and contractors on estimates

Estimator Skills and Qualifications:

Analyzing Information , Estimating, Planning, Reporting Research Results, Data Center Experience, Strategic Planning, Attention to Detail, Informing Others, Requirements Analysis. Developing Budgets, Vendor Relationships, Reporting Skills, Estimating, Decision Making, Teamwork, Documentation Skills, Quality Focus

• Analyzes blueprints, specifications, proposals, and other documentation to prepare time, cost, and labor estimates for projects or services, applying knowledge of specialized methodologies, techniques, principles, or processes. Reviews data to determine material and labor requirements and prepares itemized lists. Computes cost factors and prepares estimates used for management purposes, such as planning, organizing, and scheduling work, preparing bids, selecting vendors or subcontractors, and determining cost effectiveness. Conducts studies to develop and establish standard hour and related cost data for identified standardized tasks. Consults with clients, vendors, craft personnel, engineers or other individuals to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues with regard to the task. Utilizes applicable computer system to document estimation details.

• Proficient in SAP for extracting project costs, including labor, materials, equipment rentals, work order costs tracking.

• Proficient in creating Excel spreadsheets.

• Professional speaking skills to small teams, including clients.

• Identify and quantify cost factors, such as production time, materials, labor and equipment expenses

• Read blueprints, ISO sketch’s, and technical documents in order to prepare estimates

• Collaborate with engineers, architects, clients, and contractors on estimates

• Consult with industry experts to discuss estimates and resolve issues

• Use computer software to calculate estimates

• Evaluate a product’s cost-effectiveness or profitability

• Recommend ways to make a product more cost effective or profitable

• Work with teams to prepare estimates and proposals for clients

• Develop project plans for the duration of the project

• Need to meet deadlines in order to prepare bids.

• Accurately predicting the cost, size, and duration of future construction and manufacturing projects is vital to the survival of businesses. Cost estimators’ calculations give managers or investors this information.

• When making calculations, estimators analyze many inputs in order to determine how much time, money, and labor a project needs and how profitable it will be. These estimates have to take many factors into account, including allowances for wasted material, bad weather, shipping delays, and other factors that can increase costs and lower profitability.

• Use computer software, including databases, to simulate building construction. Cost estimators often use a computer database with information on the costs of other, similar projects.

Work Environment

• Travel to local job sites to gather information on materials needed, labor requirements, and other factors.

WORK SCHEDULES

Cost estimators usually work full time. Some, however, are required to work overtime in order to meet deadlines.

Education and Training

A bachelor’s degree is generally required for someone to become a cost estimator. However, a few highly experienced construction workers may qualify without a bachelor’s degree.

EDUCATION

Increasingly, employers prefer candidates who have a bachelor’s degree. A strong background in mathematics is essential.

Construction cost estimators generally need a bachelor’s degree in an industry-related field, such as construction management, building science, or engineering. Those interested in estimating manufacturing costs typically need a bachelor’s degree in engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, or statistics. Some employers accept candidates with backgrounds in business-related disciplines, such as accounting, finance, and business.

WORK EXPERIENCE IN A RELATED OCCUPATION

3-7 years plus

LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, AND REGISTRATIONS

Voluntary certification can show competence and experience in the field. In some instances, employers may require professional certification before hiring. The American Society of Professional Estimators, the Association for the Advancement of Cost Estimating International (also known as AACE International), and the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association each offer a variety of certifications.

To become certified, estimators generally must have at least 2 years of estimating experience and must pass a written exam.

IMPORTANT QUALITIES

Analytical skills. Accurately evaluating detailed specifications is crucial to a cost estimator’s success. For example, a cost estimator must determine how to minimize costs without sacrificing quality.

Detail oriented. Cost estimators must pay attention to small details because such details may have a large impact on a product’s overall cost.

Technical skills. Detailed knowledge of industry processes, materials, and costs are vital to estimators. In addition, they should be able to use specialized computer programs to calculate equations and handle large databases.

Time-management skills. Because cost estimators often work on fixed deadlines, they must plan their work in advance and work efficiently and accurately.

Writing skills. Cost estimators must be able to write detailed reports. Often, these reports determine whether or not contracts are awarded or products are manufactured.

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