Mechanical Estimator

Mechanical Estimator Cedar Rapids, IA


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Job Title:

Mechanical Estimator

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Cedar Rapids, IA



Company Description:


Quality work for over 75 years.

Modern is a regional commercial and industrial Mechanical Contractor who is able to provide a one-stop source for plumbing, piping, HVACR service, CAD/BIM, and pre-fabrication project solutions. Our geographic area of focus is the I-35 corridor, Duluth, MN to Dallas, TX. Headquartered in Cedar Rapids, IA Modern has a strong presence in the East Half of Iowa. For more information please visit our website.

Job Description:


Mechanical Estimators use industry experience along with construction plans to estimate expenditures and budget for different construction projects.

Mechanical Estimators uphold the company’s core values of integrity, service, leadership, empowerment, and innovation while demonstrating a dedicated and results-driven work ethic.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

·         Develop complete budgets and plans for projects

·         Prepare bids and cost estimates that address every part of a mechanical project

·         Estimate labor costs for a project, including travel and subsistence pay, if applicable

·         Keep mechanical projects within the client’s budget limitations (Value Engineering)

·         Confirm all cost estimates submitted by our company are accurate

·         Examines mechanical systems that are in poor condition to determine the costs of repairs

·         Work with others to estimate the types and amounts of materials needed to complete construction jobs

·         Organize, compile, and compare equipment and subcontractor quotes for estimates

·         Maintain constant contact with project managers to estimate the duration of a project

·         Estimate costs of inclement weather and unforeseen events

·         Consult experts when performing difficult cost estimations

·         Re-figure cost estimates when necessary

·         Submit customized reports to clients

·         Offer advice to others concerning cost effectiveness for different materials or products

·         Perform other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

·         Knowledge of how to read and comprehend blueprints, in addition to basic drafting skills

·         Knowledge of the complex workings of plumbing, piping, and HVAC systems

·         Must have strong computer skills, especially knowledge of spread sheets

·         Knowledge of how to use file transfer programs to send large drawing files to others

·         Operational knowledge of estimating, project management, and construction scheduling software

·         Effective written and verbal communication skills, both professional and interpersonal

·         The ability to work both independently and within a team

·         A responsible, organized, and detail-oriented mindset

·         Refined time management skills and the ability to multi-task

·         Advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills, in addition to strong math and science skills

Work Environment Considerations

·         Must be able to work in high-pressure situations facing strict deadlines. Extended shifts may be necessary, and hours will often exceed 40 per week to perform duties effectively

·         Must be familiar with job site safety requirements and be prepared to wear a hardhat, work boots, and goggles at potentially hazardous job sites

·         Most time will be in the office, but some trips to job sites and customer locations are required

·         Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position

Qualifications and Education Requirements

·         Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Engineering, or Construction Management or experience working in the plumbing and pipe fitting industry

·         Knowledge of construction processes, and mechanical and plumbing systems

·         Certification from the American Society of Professional Estimators or ASPE preferred

AAP/EEO Statement

At Modern, we understand that every employee is different in his or her own way. We support and thrive off those differences. We do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, retaliation, military status, or other non-merit factors. Modern is a proud Equal Opportunity workplace and Affirmative Action employer.