Date:  Oct 19, 2021

Toronto, ON, CA Mississauga, CA

Operating Sector:  Civil East

Position Title:  Estimator - Civil/Structures/Buildings

At Aecon, we’re building the future and our people are at the heart of everything we do. We're always looking for exceptional talent to work on our exciting and ever-expanding project portfolios. We are focused on being the #1 Canadian Infrastructure Company and the first choice employer in our industry.


Position Overview

Aecon is currently seeking several Estimator's to join the Civil East Ontario team. Under the supervision of Managing Estimator, the Estimators are primarily responsible for the delivery of organized estimates, budgets, and schedules and ensure the necessary systems and procedures are implemented to manage Aecon’s risk. Responsible for providing direction, management and “on the job” training to Trainee Estimators, junior Estimators and Estimators.


Key Responsibilities  

  • Accurately interpret and comprehend tender drawings and specifications. 
  • Present all aspects of the project scope, staging, timing, constraints, risks, and potential cost saving opportunities and alternatives to bid teams and management. 
  • Contribute to the management and leadership of projects through the proposal stage, including involvement in team meetings. 
  • Provide Value engineering.
  • Review design options and recommend best solution based on cost, engineering, quality, or availability of materials. 
  • Chair meetings and set project goals. 
  • Perform and/or direct quantity take-offs from tender drawings.
  • Contribute to the risk assessment and management process -Identify risk areas and bring them to attention of risk manager.Contribute to the population of the Risk Register.  
  • Consistently and insightfully formulate all tender costs—labour, material, equipment, and procure subcontractor scope and costs—for quotation submission. 
  • Lead the estimate close-out process, including tender reviews and sub-proposal reviews and analysis. 
  • Lead the successful transition and handover of estimating documents to the project execution teams. 
  • “Own” the responsibilities of Estimators, Junior Estimators and Trainee Estimators, as relevant, and provide mentorship and guidance.  


Required Knowledge and Experience

  • 5-10 years’ minimum experience in civil, structures and/or buildings estimating within the construction industry. 
  • Experience working on large scale projects, including design-build.
  • Experience reviewing work of junior estimators.
  • Excellent working knowledge of various types of civils construction contracts (e.g. Lump Sum, Cost Reimbursable, Unit Price, Target, Guaranteed Maximum Price, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of industry standards, specifications, standards, contract language/Terms and Conditions/Bonding etc.
  • In addition, incumbents will be required to demonstrate deep civils technical expertise and understanding of regulatory requirements in one or more of Aecon’s operating markets (Civils, Nuclear, Utilities, Rail, etc…)
  • High degree of excellence at performing investigations of each tender and accurately review and incorporate all site conditions that impact bid costs, ensure constructability. Leads and mentor others in this process.
  • Consistent and effective at successfully negotiating with vendors for project purchasing needs, conforming to Aecon’s procurement requirements including budgets and terms and conditions.
  • Expert level understanding of balanced/un-balanced bids and forecasting margins at the tender stage.
  • Coherently presents the essence/strategy of a completed estimate to management, defend its constructability, and defend calculated cost targets at a detailed level.
  • Expertise in submitting written requests for clarifications from clients; consistently well worded, to Aecon’s advantage and never compromises Aecon’s position where we hold a bid advantage.
  • An expert in the job handover process (from estimating to operations)


Aecon has every intention of fostering diversity within and across our organization. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.


If you require accommodation during any step of the application process please click here.