Posted 11 months ago

Schrader and Company, an award-winning, nationally recognized construction services company is seeking a Project Estimator to prepare cost estimates for the company’s construction related projects, in a thorough and timely manner. The project cost estimates will include anticipated materials, labor, and trade partner costs to complete the project, and overhead and profit mark-up consistent with the company’s predetermined needs.

Accurate project estimating is vital to the overall financial health of the company. Depth of carpentry and building industry knowledge and experience will be imperative, as well as having a strong ability to read and interpret design and construction drawings. To be successful in this position, the Project Estimator will be a self-motivated individual with initiative and a “can do” attitude. The Project Estimator shall operate at all times in a manner that is in the best interest of the company as further defined below in Duties and Responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Listed below are the general duties and responsibilities that provide the basis of our expectations and evaluation of your performance. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Develop and maintain a system for establishing early budget ranges for projects prior to a Project Development Agreement.
  • Work with the Project Planners to estimate how many hours may be required to perform the detailed project estimate.
  • As necessary, assist the Project Planner and interior designer with documenting the existing conditions (measurements, photos, Matterport).
  • Attend site visits, program meeting, review pictures and Matterport scans to gain a thorough understanding of the existing project conditions, limitations and any parameters that will impact the project scope and cost.
  • Receive Plans from Designers or Architects for estimating.
    • Questions should be prepared for review with Designer(s) and Project Planners prior to estimating of project.
  • Work closely with the Project Planners and Designers to gain a thorough understanding of each project. This would include the proposed scope of work, materials, finishes, etc.
  • Work with the project planners to determine how the project should be estimated (by area, by cost coded, option program items, etc.)
  • Coordinate with the trade contactors to establish their scope of work and receive their written proposals.
  • Coordinate with suppliers and venders for material and product pricing.
  • Following SAC cost codes, perform a detailed, organized and thorough estimate to include accurate labor, materials, product and trade contractor takeoffs and costs.
  • Include current overhead and profit mark-ups in the estimate for all projects.
  • Review the final cost estimates with the Project Planners and at times members of the production team.
  • Engage in “value engineering” efforts with the Project Planners as necessary.
  • Assist the Project Planners with developing and writing the project scope of work.
  • Be available for questions and clarifications from the production team.
  • Assist the production team with estimating project changes.
  • Review all project closeout and historical information to improve estimating accuracy.


  • Maintain SAC database of construction related costs used for estimating. This will include common material, product and trade contactor cost.
  • Provide status updates for all projects at our weekly sales meetings.
  • Assist in the development of standard and efficient estimating practices.
    Complete all estimates in a timely manner. Large projects may require more time with expediency being highly importance for sales flow.
  • Meet and coordinate with design and sales as necessary.
  • Use SAC approved programs and systems for estimating projects.
  • Prior to starting an estimate for, a date of anticipated completion should be created, documented and given to the Project Planner and Owners for project scheduling.
  • Keep track of your time and projects worked on daily and submit to accounting on a weekly basis.
  • Strive to achieve clear, concise, accurate, and effective spoken and written communications at all times, and with all persons in whom they are in contact with during the course of business.
  • Demonstrate the strength of character to the highest of ethical standards in all actions.
  • Apply focus, sound judgment, and common sense throughout all daily activities.
  • Understand, respect, and maintain privacy and discretion with regard to any and all client information and confidential and sensitive company information.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Associate’s degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year College or technical school; and two to four years building industry experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Ability:
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to read and comprehend construction documents. Ability to write, read, and comprehend technical specifications. Ability to write business and client correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, and the general public.

Math Ability:
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, volume, etc. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability:
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of or ability to learn Microsoft Word; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Outlook, internet software, BuilderTrend and SAGE 100.

Certificates and Licenses:
Valid Driver’s License

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; risk of electrical shock and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; sit; use hands; reach with hands and arms and talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

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