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Chief Design Estimator Duties

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This is technical and supervisory staff work in the determination of the costs of alteration, repair, and construction projects.
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.


Supervises the activities of a unit engaged in the preparation of cost estimates for construction, renovation, and repair projects.

Prepares material specifications for outside contracts.

Prepares feasibility studies relative to material and labor costs.

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 estimates.

Maintains a library of vendor catalogues and other cost data.

Prepares various reports and maintains appropriate records.

Performs related work as required.


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 and experience.

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.



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