Date:  Oct 15, 2021

Vancouver, BC, CA

Operating Sector:  Civil West

Position Title:  Estimator

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

Safe. Trusted. Respected. Aecon Civil is a market leader with a self-perform competitive advantage and core local strength in key markets. We’re proud of our work helping to expand and improve Canada’s infrastructure and transportation networks, and we’re ready to build the future of our country. With over a century of experience, and the ability to offer diverse, comprehensive services, Aecon is a preferred contractor for our clients. This includes numerous public entities and Public-Private Partnerships in Canada and abroad.


Reporting to the Chief Estimator, the Estimator will be responsible for developing a strategy and bidding approach for structures, bridges and other heavy civil infrastructure projects. The Estimator is required to have a comprehensive understanding of civil construction and is responsible for taking ownership and delivering estimates of one or more bid tenders at a time.


Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for accuracy of bid cost to actual cost of work performed.  
  • Analyzes documents, drawings, specifications, proposals, addendums in preparation for pricing.
  • Performs any estimate related oral and/or written communications with clients.
  • Reviewing project site prior to price preparation.
  • Prepares and/or reviews project budgets at estimating close out to operations so cost reporting is impactful for future estimating needs.
  • Obtains input from Operations staff as appropriate.
  • Performs quantity take-off from construction drawings where applicable.
  • Obtains pricing from suppliers and Subcontractors, and incorporate into estimate.
  • Formulates all costs for tender submission – labour, equipment, material, rentals and subcontracts.
  • Accountable for accuracy and completeness of tender submissions.
  • Oversees the distribution of appropriate documentation appropriately upon award of project.
  • Provide technical support to field staff.
  • Collaborates with Operations to drive project success and learning.
  • Drives Estimating process / procedure compliance and consistency.
  • Performs Post Bid / Post Project Analysis completion and that associated learning and communication takes place.
  • Assists with RFP’s and General Contract tender submissions.
  • Assists with Prequalification submissions, RFQ’s and RFI’s as required.
  • Incorporates / complies with Aecon’s risk management policies and procedures.
  • Drives positive relationships and serves as key contact with Clients, Consultants and key subcontractors.
  • Protects all forms of proprietary information.
  • Maintains Estimating data systems to ensure they are kept up to date.
  • Assists in the training of newer Estimating staff as appropriate.


Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Minimum of 3-7 years of experience within the construction industry.  
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both written and oral.
  • University Degree, College Diploma or Trades Background– or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to read and understand construction drawings and documents. 
  • Good knowledge of job cost fundamentals for typical items and scopes where design and/or schematics have been provided.
  • Ability to interpret specifications as they pertain to all project scope, including risk. 
  • Consistently performs investigations of each tender, is able to interpret field constraints and incorporates findings into bids to ensure constructability.
  • Demonstrated computer software proficiency- MS Excel/Word.
  • Experience with estimating software is considered and asset.
  • Proven organizational skills.
  • Ability to time manage and formulate plans to meet multiple deadlines within a high-pressure work environment.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team environment.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel as required.
  • Adaptable to flexible work schedule when required to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work accurately, effectively under pressure.


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.


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