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Cost Engineer/Estimator
Job Code:03-2021-PP-002
Union:Admin/Non Union Employee
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
City:Milpitas, California
Job Summary & Responsibilities:
  • Review project plans, specifications, standard specifications, and soils report.
  • Submit pre-bid RFI’s to the owner / engineer as needed.
  • Perform materials take off; verify all SOV estimated quantities.
  • Contact Subs, Material Suppliers, and Truckers. Get 3 quotes minimum.
  • Attend Pre-Bid meeting if one is being held or find someone to attend if you are not available.
  • Visit project site and take photos.
  • Prepare Bid using HCSS Heavy Bid.
  • Call DVBE, UDBE and SBE contractors to satisfy goal to achieve maximum value of credit available to bidder per the project specifications, if applicable.
  • Verify you have the most current addendums, amendment, Project plans, specification, and


  • Verbal quotes are taken and written down on quote sheet (request hard quote to follow).
  • Verify bid bond has been ordered, if required. Coordinate with estimating assistant.
  • Verify Bid submittal documents are complete, if required. Coordinate with estimating assistant.
  • Have bid reviewed by Senior Estimator, or Manager, one day minimum prior to bid date.
  • Projects PPI is bidding as a Prime contractor, have bid finalized and ready to fill in the bid schedule of values, to the greatest extent possible, 2 hours prior to bid runner to leaving office.
  • Review bid documents and print map and directions to bid location for runner to deliver one day before bid.
  • Projects PPI is bidding as a Sub, have scope letter ready, reviewed by senior estimator or manager, one day prior to bid. Send out scope letter to Primes on day before bid date. Prepare bid proposal sheet 2 hours minimum prior to bid time and have Senior Estimator, or Manager review. Fax bid to Prime contractors 1 hour minimum prior to bid time.
  • Save bid documents to bid folder.
  • Get bid results as soon as they are available.
  • Foster and maintain relationships with clients, subs and suppliers. Promote PPI
  • Review Estimate and project budget with Project Manager.
  • Attend job start meeting with PM, PE, Superintendent, and Foreman, prior to job start. Ensure that everyone clearly understands the work, schedule, and production rates required to complete the project at or below budgeted cost.
  • Review purchase orders and sub-contract agreements with Project Manager.
  • Review weekly cost to complete with Project Manager. Utilize information from cost to completes in future bids.
  • Work with Project Manager to develop project schedule.
  • If needed, work with Project manager to prepare change order estimates using Heavy Bid.
  • Work on multiple estimates and tasks at the same time.
  • Do whatever it takes.

Job Type: Full-time


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