The main responsibility of an estimating engineer is to make sure that the company meets sales goals. Specific responsibilities include analyzing blueprints, creating sketches and documentation to prepare an analysis, consulting with clients and vendors, assisting the sales team, maintaining relationships with existing clients, sourcing subcontractor proposals, performing field inspections, preparing proposals based on site conditions, formulating estimates and resolving problems, preparing job cost statements, and traveling out of the area in order to meet with clients.
As an estimating engineer, one can expect to work 9 to 5, but depending on the company, hours can change. Extended hours and travel time may be required by the company. A car is required for this position, and air travel may be required in certain cases. To apply as an estimating engineer, one will need to have a team-oriented mindset, a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, a focus on improving relationships with current and possible customers, passion about one's work, and the ability to adapt quickly to the work given to them. In order to be considered for this type of job, one must have completed a bachelor's or master's degree in engineering or a related field. One must also have 3-5 years of related experience, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be able to make important decisions under pressure, and have experience using the Microsoft Office suite.
Estimating Engineer Tasks
Review material and labor requirements to determine the cost-effectiveness of in-house labor and subcontracting.
Analyze drawings, specifications, and other documentation to collect historical cost data.
Prepare and maintain a directory of trades, suppliers, and contractors.
Estimate project costs and perform analysis to ensure validity of estimates.
Provide technical support for staff and customers.