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Senior Estimator

Company Description

Dragados is a member of ACS Group’s Construction Division. ACS Group has earned worldwide recognition as an expert in the promotion, development, construction and management of infrastructures and services. The group shows a lasting commitment to contributing to the development of the countries in which it has a presence by bringing about improvements in their well-being and sustainable growth through:

• The development of infrastructures, civil engineering, industrial installations, energy plants, telecommunications systems and wastewater treatment plants;

• The provision of services for the purpose of the comprehensive management of urban, logistic and industrial infrastructures;

• Active participation in the sectors essential to the economic and social development of any developed country, such as infrastructures and energy.

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Sr. Estimator


Location:       Costa Mesa, CA


Dragados is an international contractor established in 1941 that specializes in major infrastructure projects. They are part of the construction arm of ACS Group, one of the leading infrastructure developers in more than 40 countries. Dragados USA targets large design build bridges, highways, tunnels, rail, transit, and dams of significant size or technical intricacy. The Senior Estimator will support and work with preconstruction/ business development staff in the review of project plans, requirements and specifications. The Senior Estimator shall organize and supervise a team of several members (Estimators, Engineers, Take-offs,…) and shall perform pricing, and bidding of construction projects. The Senior Estimator shall have extensive knowledge of construction means and methods, costs and engineering principles.


•Review project plans, requirements, and specifications.

•Have demonstrated leadership abilities to coordinate a team of estimators to develop a large multidisciplinary estimate.

•Determine labor and equipment costs.

•Review accurate quantity takeoffs and materials pricing.

•Review and understand all bid documents and assess project risks.

•Prepare JV Instructions and manage JV reviews.

•Understand project logistics and project schedule.

•Prepare bid packages. Compare and analyze competitive subcontractor and supplier bids.

•Review quotes and estimates with the Project Management Team.

•Prepare estimates at different levels of completion (conceptual, Schematic, DD, CD, etc.)

•Perform certain post-bid buyouts.

•Perform pre-construction duties and meetings with Clients, Owners, and Engineers.

•Serve as company interface between Owner - Architect/Engineer -DUSA Team and is responsible for developing leadership, motivation, and communication with owners, subcontractors and project team and is accountable for their actions.

•Performs other related duties as required and assigned


•Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or the equivalent

•A minimum of 5 years’ experience as a Sr. Project Manager, Estimator or equivalent

•A minimum of 15 years overall construction experience with extensive experience bidding State DOT Projects with knowledge of the supply chain

•Private and public works sector experience required

•Advanced computer skills with estimating software (such as HCSS)

•Effective presentation skills

•Advanced computers skills with MS Office, Primavera P6

•Knowledge of AutoCAD and/or MicroStation, Carlson, InRoads or Geopak desirable

•Extensive knowledge of construction costs and engineering principles

•Familiarity of all aspects of horizontal and infrastructure projects

•Well organized, flexible, detail oriented and multi-tasked.

•Prioritize work load and consistently meet deadlines while constantly changing tasks and demands

•Excellent written an oral communicator.

Travel Required


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