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HNTB Construction Consultant in Detroit, Michigan

What We're Looking For

Independently prepares all aspects of detailed cost estimates of large and/or complex projects. Provides guidance, direction, and specialized assistance for the resolution of difficult and complex estimating problems. Accurately projects the cost of upcoming projects and provides information by developing the cost estimate that builds up the estimated cost of a defined scope of work at any stage of project definition. Responsible for conceptual, definitive, man-hour, and equipment factored total installed cost estimates. Duties may also include preparing economic cost studies, cash flows, and contingency analyses.

The Construction Management & Planning Support (CoMPS) department at HNTB is a team of experienced construction consultants that have pre-construction and operational heavy construction industry experience. Our objective is to leverage this knowledge and apply this insight for our clients benefit, whether it is internal with HNTB or external for program/project owners. The CoMPS department at HNTB works nationally, offering our clients construction scheduling and estimating services from a contractor’s perspective.

We are in need of cost estimators.

Primary Focus Will Include:

  • Preparing Cost Estimates

  • Constructability Reviews

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Experience preparing cost estimates using a variety of Estimating tools, including Excel spreadsheets, Sage Timberline, HCSS HeavyBid, and/or other estimating software

  • AACE’s CEP (Certified Estimating Professional) or equivalent designation

What You'll Need

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provides support in price negotiations. Performs related costs estimating and budgeting functions. Oversees preparation of independent cost estimates (ICE) for submitted change order proposals. Provides cost support during Value Engineering Studies and design charts.

  • Performs conceptual estimating by establishing a project’s cost, before any graphical representation of a facility has been developed. Performs cost estimates by breaking down the items of work on an orderly and logical basis, determining the cost of each item from experience and summarizing the total.

  • Analyzes specifications, sketches, drawings, bills of material or sample layouts and calculates cost using labor, material and equipment pricing schedules and historical data. Develops duration estimates of specific construction activities based on assumed construction approach and appropriate production rates.

  • Oversees and provides quality control/assurance for takeoffs on complex projects, drawings, and plans with project management and checks for mathematical and technical accuracy. Consults with clients, vendors and other departments to discuss and formulate quantity take-offs and cost estimates and resolve issues.

  • Works closely with the project supervisor to ensure the project estimate meets all financial and regulatory guidelines. Prepares bid estimates for use in reviewing construction contractor bids. Accumulates, evaluates, and documents historical cost data and construction procedures and methods in order to maintain current estimating standards and databases.

  • Provides guidance and oversight of the use of estimating software, including related protocols and standards.

  • Sets up cost monitoring and reporting systems and procedures. Creates cost models for cost estimating elements. Prepares cost reports and presents findings to design and client teams.

  • Participates in client presentations as required.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management or Business

  • 7 years related experience

  • In lieu of education, 11 years development of cost estimates in facilities construction experience

About Us

For more than a century, HNTB has helped deliver infrastructure solutions that best meet the unique needs of our clients. With client relationships spanning decades, we understand infrastructure life cycles and have the perspective to solve technical challenges with clarity and imagination. We are far more than a design firm. We see and help address far-reaching issues of financing, legislation, design, construction, community outreach and ongoing operations. As employee-owners committed to the highest levels of performance, we enable clients to achieve their goals and inspiring visions.

Just like we are committed to delivering for our clients, HNTB is also committed to delivering for you by offering benefits to protect the health of you and your family, help you balance family and career, and build your savings for retirement. Learn more at

HNTB Corporation is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran.

The HNTB Companies are an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, citizenship status, or other status protected by law. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, we will hire only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States (if the position is or will be one which is subject to U.S. law). We will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individual with a disability where appropriate.

EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans
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