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AZCO Mechanical Staff Estimator - AZCO (Nationwide) in Appleton, Wisconsin


The Staff Estimator is responsible for preparation of all levels of estimates and proposals from start to finish relating to various disciplines that are required to support field and pre-fabrication construction projects. This position will prepare and present lump sum bids, proposals, unit costs and quantities for various projects with a diverse portfolio of project types and clients.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: Other duties may be assigned.

  • Consults with clients, procurement, subcontractors, vendors, or other individuals to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues.

  • Interfaces with Procurement and Operations to obtain support and commitment to the cost estimates.

  • Analyze historical data and provides improvement recommendations to cost estimating procedures to reduce future discrepancies between estimated and actual costs.

  • Identifies cost trends to assist management in cost reduction and process improvement efforts.

  • Assist with analyzing completed projects to compare estimated costs to actual costs to actual cost and determine the reason for any discrepancies.

  • Assist with risk review process.

  • Responsible for compliance with estimating methodology ensuring quality estimates are produced.

  • Review DOR completion/assignment, review of estimating quantities and scope of project.

  • Review small and disadvantaged business solicitations and evaluations.

  • Review subcontractor solicitations and quote / clarifications / exceptions evaluations.

  • Responsible for reviewing and verifying procurement quotes RFP compliance, bid tab evaluation accuracy and clarifications and exceptions.

  • Perform bid evaluations of subcontractor quotes, evaluate RFP compliance and clarifications and exceptions to levelized quote evaluations.

  • Review documents for gaps and overlaps in scope of work.

  • Assemble material and labor costs for clients and proposals for construction projects.

  • Conduct small and disadvantaged business solicitation and evaluation.

  • Conduct subcontractor solicitation and pre-qualification tasks.

  • Analyze and insert specialty and standard equipment and material pricing into the estimate.

  • Prepare and deliver bid packages to subcontractors.

  • Present estimating information and attend pre bid meetings.

  • Conduct subcontractor labor and market studies and make recommendations based on those results.

  • Develop project summary schedules.

  • Evaluate and condition subcontractor and supplier quotes. Develop and present estimating strategy and plan.

  • Provide preliminary pricing for indirect and general conditions.

  • Evaluate fee, contingency, and escalation and make recommendations.

  • Responsible for reviewing specialty and standard equipment pricing.

  • Review plans and specifications for risk issues and propose a mitigation strategy.

  • Review commercial terms and conditions with legal counsel for cost and risk items and present concerns to lead estimator.

  • Responsible for the accuracy and validity of estimate clarifications and assumptions.

  • Analyze and price value engineering for submission.


Qualifications: 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.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management or related field, and a minimum of four years of direct project estimating experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Computer Skills:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have expert knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Software such as Quotesoft, Accubid, Oracle, and PowerBI desired.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of company procedures, estimating techniques, various construction disciplines, cost control systems required.

  • Ability to work independently or in groups, think creatively and analytically, and make quick and sound decisions.

  • Demonstrate attention to detail.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Must have the ability to prepare complex proposals with minimum supervision.

Other Qualifications:

  • Travel may be required up to 10% of the time.

Competency: To perform the job successfully an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Analytical – Understands and uses complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs affect means to accomplish procedures.

Design – Demonstrates attention to detail the ability to draft technical documents.

Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a proactive manner; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics; ability to diffuse confrontational situations.

Technical Skills – Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.

Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional situations; responds promptly to customer needs; responds to requests for service and assistance; meets commitments promptly.

Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control.

Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive manner; listens and gets clarification responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings.

Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read interpret written information.

Teamwork – Gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interest; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives.

Visionary Leadership – Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; motivates others to fulfill the vision; shares vision and inspiration with peers and subordinates.

Change Management – Communicates changes effectively; builds commitment and overcomes resistance.

Leadership – Effectively influences actions and opinions of others.

Managing People – Takes responsibility for workers’ activities; makes self-available to staff; develops workers’ skills and encourages growth; fosters quality focus in others.

Ethics – Treats people with respect; inspires the truth of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.

Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process; makes timely decisions.

Motivation – Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles.

Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently.

Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.

Safety and Security – Observes and ensures compliance of safety and security procedures; responds to potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials safely.

Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrives at meetings and appointments on time.

Initiative – Undertakes self-development activities; seeks increased responsibilities; asks for and offers help when needed.

Physical Demands:

  • Employee may work from or visit a company office or a field project office in a construction environment that requires moving about inside and outside the office to converse with field personnel and co-workers. Must be able to operate standard office equipment. Physical demands may include lifting up to 20 lbs., traversing potentially ungraded ground, steps, ladders, etc. with required personnel protection equipment.

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 jobsite duties of this job, the employee is infrequently exposed to outside weather conditions including extreme heat and extreme cold temperatures; wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; moderate to high noise levels; and fumes of airborne particles. The noise level in the office work environment is usually low.

Work Hours:

  • Monday – Friday 8:00 – 5:00 or as indicated by Work Hours Policy or field project schedule requirements.


  • Ability to understand, remember, and apply oral and/or written instructions or other information. Ability to organize thoughts and ideas into understandable terminology. Able to make decisions which have an impact on the immediate work unit. Ability to compute, analyze, and interpret numerical data for estimating purposes.


Job Estimating

Primary Location US-WI-Appleton

Other Locations United States

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: No

Req ID: 224162