Estimating Specialist

Comau LLC
Job Description

The Estimating Specialist is responsible for accurately forecasting the cost of projects by analyzing and compiling the cost factors, as well as creating quotation packages using process documentation, written specifications and design layouts.

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In this role the ideal candidate will act as a network and think innovatively while executing the following responsibilities:

  • Prepare estimates used by management for purposes such as Sales quotations, planning, organizing, and scheduling work
  • For each aspect of an estimate understand whether a previously applied cost is appropriate, what modifications may be required and if necessary generate a new cost from first principles i.e. raw material cost plus labor hours
  • Be knowledgeable on how data from similar projects or historical information can be used to compile an accurate estimate when all the data is not available or time does not permit
  • Be able to evaluate the defined technical content is accurate and be able to highlight items or other cost drivers have been missed or over stated
  • Manage cost database from which data for new estimates can be extracted. Conduct special studies to develop and establish standard hours and related cost data or to effect cost reduction
  • Confer with engineers, purchasing, project managers, management, contractors and subcontractors on changes and adjustments to cost estimates
  • Consult with clients, vendors, and personnel from other departments to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues
  • Prepare estimates for use in selecting vendors or subcontractors
  • Review material and labor requirements, to support a management decision on whether it is more cost-effective to produce or purchase components. (Make or buy analysis)
  • Develop estimates to support changes to the scope of a project, and conduct negotiations with the customer or other vendors as required
  • Other duties as assigned

Reports to: Manager of Estimating


This role is best suited for a candidate that possess the following qualifications:

Required Qualifications:

  • High School diploma, GED or the equivalent
  • Experience with engineering, finance, accounting, estimating or related experience within manufacturing automation systems
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office or Google Suite tools
  • Knowledge in following of the following: powertrain assembly, diversified or general assembly

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associates or Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Business or Technical field
  • Basic CAD skills and the ability to navigate system layouts and process flows
  • Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principals involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models
  • Strong communication and presentation skills

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