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Substation Estimator (San Marcos)

Company: PLH Group
Location: San Marcos
Posted on: June 1, 2021

Job Description:

This Substation Estimator is responsible for collecting and analyzing data in order to estimate the labor, equipment, materials, subcontract, and ancillary cost required for assigned substation utility electrical projects. The primary goal of the position is to track, bid, and secure profitable work for the company while maintaining an acceptable ratio of awarded projects.

Summary of Key Responsibilities:

  • Identify and quantify cost factors such as production time, materials, and labor expenses
  • Travel to jobsites to gather information on materials needed, labor required, and other factors
  • Read blueprints and technical documents in order to prepare estimates
  • Collaborate with engineers, architects, clients, and sub-contractors to develop constructability plans and estimates
  • Consult with industry experts and management to discuss estimates and resolve issues
  • Use computer software to calculate estimates
  • Evaluate a product s cost-effectiveness or profitability
  • Recommend ways to make services and products more cost effective or profitable
  • Work with other teams to prepare estimates and bids for clients
  • Develop project plans for the duration of the project
  • Ensure compliance with contract requirements
  • Prepare takeoffs and work with project team to solicit and secure competitive sub-contractor proposals and pricing
  • Review budgets versus actual performance with project teams and take corrective action as necessary
  • Assist in writing work scopes and reviewing contract change order and field change order proposals
  • Assist in reviewing, estimating, and negotiating multiple project change orders
  • Ensure all required paperwork is submitted promptly and in accordance with company policies.

Summary of Experience & Education Required:

  • Bachelor s degree in Civil/Electrical Engineering and/or Construction Management with 5 years experience in the Utility Construction industry or any combination of education and experience that demonstrates the knowledge and ability to perform the work
  • Ability to read, interpret, and analyze electric construction drawings and specifications
  • Extensive knowledge of industry practices, procedures, and market trends Proficiency in Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Proficiency in computer skills related to estimating and job tracking software Solid written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong Critical Thinking Skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities in parallel
  • Ability to negotiate terms and conditions


  • Previous utility construction experience
  • Professional training and certification (AACE, ICEAA, etc.)
  • Experience with HCSS Heavy Bid software
  • Knowledge, experience, and ability to estimate related types of work such as Civil Construction, Transmission Line Construction, etc.


Associated topics: account, analyse, analysis, bid, construction, cost, estimate, expense, quote, representative

Keywords: PLH Group, San Marcos , Substation Estimator (San Marcos), Other , San Marcos, California

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