People: Our Strength, Our Future

A career at Black & McDonald will grant you the opportunity to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement, help reinforce our values and shape our contribution to community, and drive our continued success. Our vision is to be the best company to work for; the best company for safety, quality and value; the best company for customer service; and the best company for technical expertise.

Position Summary

Black & McDonald is actively seeking an Overhead Lines Estimator to join our rapidly expanding team. The successful candidate will lead the team’s analysis of line / high voltage projects which have been released for tender. This individual will be responsible for the preparation of detailed material and labour estimates on various utility projects, with a primary emphasis on overhead and underground line type projects (low to medium voltage). The candidate will provide technical support to project operations, and may be required to travel to job sites on occasion.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Prepares work take-offs and estimates on overhead line utility projects including costs of materials, labour and equipment required for projects based on contract bids, quotations, schematic drawings and specifications
  • 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
  • Conducts material and equipment purchasing for secured jobs
  • Updates and maintains Bid 2 Win/Accubid database

Competency Requirements

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Customer focus
  • Holds self and others accountable
  • Thorough and detail oriented
  • Works well independently and in a team environment
  • Values and respects others

Education & Skill Requirements

  • 5+ years’ estimating experience on utility construction projects
  • Experience estimating overhead lines projects
  • Electrical trades background is an asset
  • Experience with utility estimating software (ie. Bid2Win or Accubid)
  • University degree in electrical or civil engineering, college diploma in construction engineering technology, or college diploma in construction project management are assets