Chief Design Estimator Duties
This is technical and supervisory staff work in the
determination of the costs of alteration, repair, and
An employee allocated to this class of work is responsible for
supervising the activities of a unit engaged in the study and
evaluation of alteration, repair, and construction plans,
designs, and specifications, and the estimation of labor,
material, equipment, and subcontractor costs for projects
undertaken by the university. Work may also include
architectural designer responsibilities. Work is performed under
general supervision of an administrative superior and is
evaluated while in progress and upon completion.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Supervises the activities of a unit engaged in the preparation
of cost estimates for construction, renovation, and repair
Prepares material specifications for outside contracts.
Prepares feasibility studies relative to material and labor
Estimates labor costs utilizing final cost records and unit cost
guides based on national averages.
Prepares material take offs and orders.
Initiates change orders on work in progress while variations in
labor and material cost occur and makes appropriate adjustments
in contract costs.
Maintains close liaison with job superintendents, contractors,
and subcontractors while work is in progress.
Conducts inspections to assure that plans and specifications
have been compiled with and work is complete.
Reviews cost estimates submitted by subcontractors and monitors
the cost of work in progress.
Directs and assists subordinates in the preparation of
Maintains a library of vendor catalogues and other cost data.
Prepares various reports and maintains appropriate records.
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school,
supplemented by additional course work in architectural and
structural engineering and considerable experience related to
this class of work; or any equivalent combination of training
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of the methods, techniques, and practices of
construction cost estimating.
Considerable knowledge of the sources of information for labor,
materials, and equipment costs.
Considerable knowledge of the basic principles of building
alteration and construction.
Knowledge of the principles of organization and management.
Ability to read and interpret architectural and engineering
plans, blueprints, and specifications.
Ability to supervise the work of others.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with university personnel, vendors, contractors,
and the general public.