Black & McDonald is actively seeking a Senior Estimator to join our Western Utilities team. Reporting to the Division Manager, the successful candidate will lead the team’s analysis of cost estimates and preparation of electrical work take-offs on utility projects. They will provide technical support to project operations, with emphasis on electrical estimating, reporting and monitoring progress, planning, scheduling, and handling project change.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Prepares electrical/civil work take-offs and estimates on utility projects including costs of materials, labour and equipment required for projects based on contract bids, quotations, schematic drawings and specifications
  • Assigning responsibilities for estimating team
  • Reviews projects plans and specifications to confirm complete scope
  • Prepares conceptual budgets based on minimal information
  • Manages and coordinates the people, software and other resources for projects range that are fully defined like Bid-Build to conceptual such a Design –Build
  • Analyzes alternative means and methods to determine the most economic alternative
  • Identify risk issues and their order of magnitude
  • Coordinate technical proposal requirements with Marketing Department
  • Reviews- and/or manages the review and scoping of specialty contractors bids
  • Builds effective relationships with customers design team, specific contractors, suppliers and user groups that reflects and support company core values and meets or exceeds customer expectations
  • Actively participates in industry, client and community relations to enhance the company image
  • Advises on tendering procedures; examines and analyzes tenders, recommends tender awards and conducts negotiations
  • Establishes and maintains tendering process, sets up cost monitoring, reporting systems and procedures
  • Coordinates price packages with suppliers, subcontractors, owners, designers and architects regarding tenders
  • Participates in site review, tender review, tender hand-off, and project closing, as required
  • Prepares and maintains a directory of suppliers, contractors and subcontractors
  • Liaises, consults and communicates with engineers, architects, owners, contractors and subcontractors, and prepares economic feasibility studies on changes and adjustments to cost estimates
  • Lead and mentor junior estimators
  • Conducts material and equipment purchasing for secured key projects
  • Updates and maintains Bid 2 Win/Accubid database
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Communicates Effectively
  • Customer Focus
  • Holds Self and Others Accountable
  • Thorough and detail oriented
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Values and Respects Others
  • Creative yet analytical by nature


Degree or Diploma in

  • Construction Engineering Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical trade school

The following certifications/designations are considered an asset

  • P.Eng. Designation
  • Electrical trades background
  • Gold Seal Certified (GSC)
  • Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)


  • 10+ years’ estimating experience on utility construction projects
  • Experience estimating transportation (traffic signals and streetlighting) projects is an asset
  • Experience estimating underground/overhead utilities an asset


Proficient user of:

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Project)
  • Accubid or Bid2Win

Black & McDonald welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities.
Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process.