Senior Estimator

Ames Construction in Burnsville, MN

  • Industry: Energy/Power - Engineering, Civil And Mechanical
  • Type: Full Time
  • Compensation: $119,920.00 - 149,950.00 / Year*

Ames Construction is a family-owned enterprise, deeply rooted in a strong work ethic that values business relationships built on honesty, performance and mutual trust. At Ames Construction, we recognize the most vital factor in our success is the people who work for us. As a team-driven organization, Ames is defined by our dedicated people and long-standing vendor and client partnerships.

We have an opportunity for a Senior Estimator to join the Renewable Energy Division at our Corporate office in Burnsville, MN. The Senior Estimator will organize a strategic plan for pursuit of identified projects, prepares and supervises the preparation of bids and preliminary schedules to assist in the estimating process. This position will be responsible for providing leadership to the Estimating team and preparing full estimates for utility scale renewable energy projects. Seeking a skilled professional in renewable energy who is highly organized, detail oriented individual and looking to excel in a dynastic environment.


Lead Renewable Energy Estimating Team

  • Effectively lead, train, and develop the solar estimating team on utility scale solar estimating delivering conceptual and detailed cost models, and estimates
  • Allocate work assignments to the estimating team
  • Provide oversight to arrive at pricing for the final estimate
  • Deliver direction for output, communications, schedule, risks, and opportunities

Lead Renewable Energy Estimating Efforts

  • Supply conceptual outputs, detailed estimates, self-perform work estimates and cost models
  • Lead estimating efforts to support utility scale projects
  • Set schedules for completion of estimate reviews
  • Organize, research and strategically plan for estimate preparation, pricing, scheduling and final submission to the customer
  • Create and implement standardized labor, equipment and material cost reporting and forecasting systems
  • Track operating group productivity, rates, and costs
  • Prepare accurate quantity surveys and estimates for projects as assigned
  • Provide value engineering insight during all phases of the design and proposal process
  • Manage the preparation of estimates ensuring all aspects of the project are analyzed and reviewed

Provide Oversight and Accountability of Projects

  • Monitor take-off acting as a resource for other team members of the estimating team to coordinate and answer questions
  • Identify project opportunities and risks
  • Assist project management team in the construction planning phase
  • Offer knowledge in the usage and maintenance of all estimating software


  • Bachelor s degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Estimating, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of renewable energy industry estimating experience including knowledge of estimating techniques, cost control, and material pricing
  • 3 years of experience managing an Estimating team

Proficient in Microsoft Office, Blue Beam, AutoCad, Outlook and related software programs

  • Conceptual estimating and solar design experience is required
  • Positive, professional attitude with strong customer service skills
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to perform under schedule restraints
  • Highly detail-oriented as prioritization is crucial
  • Structured time management and highly self-motivated
  • Strong teamwork orientation, initiative, communication, problem-solving, and leadership skills
  • Must have a valid Driver s License
  • 15-25% travel is required

Selected applicants must be able to complete the pre-employment onboarding requirements which may include the following: background check, drug screen and motor vehicle records review; in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Ames Construction is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, ensuring a drug-free environment.

Associated topics: civil engineer, construction, engineer, fluid mechanic, heat transfer, maintenance, mechanical engineer, meter, pipe, turbine

* Estimated salary

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