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Performs technical staff work in the determination of the costs of alteration, repair, and construction projects.

This individual is responsible for the study and evaluation of alteration, repair, and construction plans, designs, and specifications, and the estimation of labor, material, equipment, and subcontractor costs for all such projects undertaken by the University Physical Plant Division. Work also includes some architectural designer responsibilities. Work assignments are received in writing. They consist of specific projects and include instructions as to the programs to be followed, but the employee is expected to make technical decisions within the scope of these instructions. Work is reviewed while in progress and upon completion.


Studies architectural and mechanical plans, designs, and specifications; itemizes required material and equipment.

Determines material and equipment costs by referring to catalogues and through personal contacts with vendors and suppliers.

Estimates labor costs by studying previous projects final cost records by cost analysis and by unit cost guides based on national averages.

Determines supervision, office, inspection, and other overhead costs
on the basis of estimates of time required for completion of projects.

Prepares reports covering all estimated costs; submits for superior's approval.

Plans, designs, and prepares specifications for the construction and installation of cabinets, bookcases, shelves, desks, and other pieces of furniture manufactures in the Physical Plant Cabinet Shop.

Performs related work as required.

High school diploma or GED and two years of additional course work from a technical school, college or university with major course work in architecture and structural engineering and experience in architectural designing, cost estimating, and building construction; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of the methods, techniques, and practices of construction cost estimating.

Considerable knowledge of the sources of information for labor, materials, and equipment costs.

Some knowledge of the basic principles of building alterations and construction.

Ability to read and interpret architectural and engineering plans, blueprints, and specifications.

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with university personnel.

Ability to make arithmetic computations with speed and accuracy.



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