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Ahtna Design-Build Inc

The construction estimator position requires robust analytical and budgeting skills, and is responsible for preparing accurate estimates for projects by gathering information and analyzing important metrics. The construction estimator should be able to assess the best prices for a project given the relevant variables and be able to collect and evaluate construction costs with a final goal of producing a budget or a contract bid. They will provide knowledge of cost and benefits that support profitable business decisions. The ideal candidate will have a genuine interest in the construction industry, strong relationship building skills, excellent planning and management skills, and the ability to prioritize and lead others. A partner with the Project Manager to ensure the project is a success from proposal stage to completion.



Essential Duties & Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Essential Functions Statement(s) including but not limited to:

  • Be familiar with all of the project plans, specifications, addenda, bulletins, etc., that constitute the proposal or costing documents in order to prepare estimates.

  • Perform estimates at conceptual/schematic design to bid documents, as well as, research subcontractors, suppliers and new or improved construction materials to ensure estimates are prepared with the most competitive products and pricing available.

  • Travel to jobsites to gather information on materials needed, labor required, and other factors in order to prepare estimates.

  • Prepare detailed cost estimates by analyzing plans and specifications and performing quantity take-offs for select trades. Identify and quantify cost factors, such as production time, materials, and labor expenses.

  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with subcontractors and suppliers to ensure competitive pricing.

  • Interact with clients, architects, engineers and local Jurisdictions to understand and incorporate project objectives, schedules, permits, costs, etc.

  • Analyze worker means and methods to recommend solutions, such as improving production or implementing procedures where practical on project to be more cost effective and profitable.

  • Itemize scopes of work and definable features per trade to prepare bid packages. Develop subcontract interest per trade and assist in the request for proposal process.

  • Coordinate with the Project Manager to ensure the project is properly manned to meet project costs, schedules, and budgets. Properly turns over bid documents and sub buyout information to Project Management.

  • Communicate estimate bid information to field operations at pre-construction meetings to ensure understanding of scope of job.

  • Complies with all company policies and procedures, adhering to company standards for training, safety, security, quality control, environmental compliance, and industrial relations.

  • Additional duties may include assisting in management of a project, review of subcontractor and material submittals, assisting in review of shop drawings for key materials, finalization of as-builts, turnover and walk throughs for equipment and material.

Qualification Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum 5-7 years of applicable experience providing cost estimates for a variety of projects.

  • Prior experience estimating construction projects in the federal market working for a General Contractor (GC) or large federal contract Prime Contractor.

    • NOTE: Prior experience as an estimator for an A/E firm, or prior experience estimating industrial or commercial construction may be considered.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite including Microsoft Project, Primavera P6 Schedule, PDF Converter Professional, Bluebeam REVU, RSMeans 4 Clicks, local, state and federal databases.

  • Broad knowledge of on-site commercial retail, industrial, and tenant improvement construction operations; carpentry, material take-off and construction scheduling procedures; commercial building inspection and code enforcement procedures and practices.

  • Broad knowledge of Site Work, Commercial Steel Framing, Masonry, Concrete, Roofing, Drywall, Taping, Electrical, HVAC, Flooring, Painting, Doors, and Frames & Hardware.

  • Ability to pass pre-employment background, including criminal background and drug screen.

  • Ability to generate detailed critical path construction schedules utilizing either Primavera or Microsoft Project.

  • Adept at explaining technical aspects of field work to internal and external clients verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to maintain pleasant working relationships, perform multiple tasks simultaneously and uphold the highest level of confidentiality and professionalism.

  • Ability to manage multiple assignments with competing deadlines.

  • Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (Goggles, Hardhats, Safety Shoes, etc.)

  • Strong time management and task prioritization skills to ensure that administrative support is timely and short turnaround times are met for multiple projects.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 10 years of applicable experience providing cost estimates for a variety of projects.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management or Engineering

  • Certified by the American Society of Professional Estimators.

  • Past military experience as a planner/estimator or similar field.

  • Experience with and knowledge of Alaska Native Corporations.

Shareholder Preference
Pursuant to PL 93-638, as amended, preference will be given to qualified Ahtna Native Corporation Shareholders, Descendants, and Spouses in all phases of employment.

Physical Demands (Note: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.)

  • Frequent lifting, sitting, standing, stooping for prolonged periods of time, using hands/fingers requiring dexterity, should have good hand-eye coordination and motion control in coordination with handling tools, equipment and other related components.

  • Reaching with hands and arms for items above and below sight level, talking, hearing, and seeing (up close, at a distance, along the periphery, with depth, color perception, and the ability to adjust focus); walking from place to place within the project location with occasional use of stairs and no elevator available; bending, pushing, pulling, and standing for up to 8 hours.

  • Frequent lifting of up to 50 pounds such as small electrical components, equipment and other materials.


There are currently no supervisory responsibilities in this position.

Work Environment

Generally indoors; some outdoor that may be subject to changes in weather conditions and noise levels.


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