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Company Description

LA METRO - Telephone: (213) 922-6217 -  Website: www.metro.net

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Job Location:
LOS ANGELES, CA, United States
Primary Category:
Secondary Category:
Other Trades
Job Type:
Full Time
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Salary Grade: H1N

Salary Range: $90,813 - $113,526 - $136,219

External/Internal: EXTERNAL

Basic Function:

Performs highly complex cost estimating assignments related to building, operating, and maintaining metro's transportation projects.

Example Of Duties:

  • Prepares highly complex cost estimates and analyses for capital and professional services projects at concept, schematic, design development, and final design phases
  • Compiles and analyzes data on all factors that influence costs, such as material, labor, equipment, and profit
  • Evaluates cost estimate and analysis deliverables prepared by consultants for cost-containment, accuracy, uniformity, and completeness
  • Conducts construction/project site visits gathering relevant information and determines what information to be used to produce project estimates
  • Performs technical quality reviews of quotes, bids, change orders, value engineering reports, and claims for accuracy and completeness of stated costs
  • Acquires and evaluates pricing documents and historical and vendor cost data for the development of cost estimates and price recommendations
  • Accurately forecasts costs of future projects and changes to existing projects
  • Prepares technical evaluations, cost estimating draft reports, memoranda, and letters, and presents recommendations to management
  • Leads project specific estimating teams that are internal to Metro Estimating
  • Oversees, trains, mentors, and guides assigned staff
  • Communicates and implements safety rules, policies, and procedures in support of the agency's safety vision and goals; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of all assigned employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out

May be required to perform other related job duties

Requirements For Employment:

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a year-for-year basis. A typical combination includes:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or a related field


  • Six years of relevant experience or three years of relevant supervisory-level experience in cost estimating or contract pricing for major capital projects; some positions in this class may require specialized experience in area of assignment

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements:

  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions
  • Certified Cost Estimator preferred
  • Exposure to hazardous conditions during visits to construction sites

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications (PQs) are used to identify relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) as determined by business necessity. These criteria are considered preferred qualifications and are not intended to serve as minimum requirements for the position. PQs will help support selection decisions throughout the recruitment. In addition, applicants who possess these PQs will not automatically be selected.

The following are the preferred qualifications:

  • Experience performing construction and engineering cost estimating, contract pricing, and take-off for transit systems and facilities
  • Experience analyzing and preparing reliable, accurate, and complete cost estimates for complex capital projects
  • Experience utilizing construction estimating software and cost databases


  • Theories, principles, and practices of cost estimating and construction, engineering, take-off, and contract pricing
  • Preparation of feasibility cost estimates, various design control estimates, and bid estimates
  • Cost estimating algorithms, cost analysis, estimating methodologies, and business mathematics
  • Engineering drawings, specifications, schedules, and contracts
  • Construction methods for rail and transportation projects, including buildings, reinforced concrete and steel structures, equipment relating to transportation systems, rail transit guideways, highways, streets, bridges, storm drain, sewer, and water, power, and communication utilities
  • Sources of estimating data in the construction industry, such as labor and equipment productivity rates, composition of standard crews, construction cost indexes, etc.
  • Use of personal computers, including cost estimating software
  • Construction software, such as Timberline and On-Screen Takeoff
  • Applicable business software applications


  • Analyzing and preparing reliable, accurate, and complete cost estimates for complex capital projects
  • Reading complex specifications, drawings, or blueprints
  • Conducting research on pricing, escalation, manufacturing methods, and construction planning
  • Preparing cost reports, trend analysis, and budgets
  • Developing construction labor rates with fringe benefits, payroll taxes, and insurance
  • Developing construction schedule and applying to construction budget
  • Exercising sound judgment and creativity in making recommendations
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, and recommending solutions
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives


  • Identify and analyze complex problems and put together preliminary budget estimates
  • Understand and develop construction sequences for different types of work projects
  • Compile and analyze complex cost and pricing data
  • Monitor and manage assigned workload and meet tight time constraints
  • Think and act independently
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, and budgets
  • Determine strategies to achieve goals
  • Mediate and negotiate consensus solutions
  • Make financial decisions within a budget
  • Provide leadership, technical guidance, and motivation to assigned staff
  • Travel to offsite locations
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English

Selection Procedure:

Applicants who best meet job-related qualifications will be invited to participate in the examination process that may consist of any combination of written, performance, or oral appraisal to further evaluate job-related experience, knowledge, skills and abilities.

Application Procedure:

To apply, visit Metro's website at www.metro.net and complete an online Employment Application. (EY) Telephone: (213) 922-6217 or persons with hearing or speech impairments can use California Relay Service 711 to contact Metro.

All completed online Employment Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

*Open to the public and all Metro employees




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