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The Senior Cost Estimator assists and supports the needs of the Cost Estimating team and as assigned by the Manager of Cost Estimating and Value Engineering. They prepare independent cost estimates for medium to high risk and sometimes complex capital projects that are accurate, detailed and complete.

This position conducts bid reviews and other cost estimating related work to support the capital project portfolio from design through construction with some supervision. The Senior Cost Estimator ensures compliance with internal policies and procedures and other contract cost mandates.

They maintain, update, and monitor estimating tracking tools. Additional responsibilities include supervising some cost estimating work performed by third parties, as well as participating in special project work team(s).


Ensure a commitment to safety through consistent and professional behaviors in performance of job requirements that demonstrate safety is a fundamental value that guides all aspects of our work. Perform related duties as required.

Serve as a good steward of TriMet by regularly utilizing our transit system to maintain a strong and current understanding of customers’ experiences and of TriMet’s product and service offerings.

Essential Functions

1. Prepare independent cost estimates for medium to high risk and sometimes complex potential change orders, including projects with federal funding, during construction phase of projects, generally up to $500k, or more, with supervision or third party support. Review scope of potential change orders with project staff and/or estimating staff. Reconcile fair cost estimate with project staff and contractor's estimate. Visit construction sites to gather information for the development of the cost estimate and change order reconciliation; actively participate and engage with project team members and contractors at estimating related meetings and activities; represent TriMet in construction contract negotiations as needed to reach fair and reasonable settlements.

2. Prepare budgetary project cost estimates for medium to high risk and sometimes complex projects, ranging up to several million dollars or more with limited supervision, from design documents using quantity takeoffs, unit costs, or other means, to support project development of early design construction estimates and funding requests. Analyze cost risks including nature of the work, construction building climate and availability of labor or special trades. Assist in value engineering exercises and suggest alternate means or methods for improving budgets and schedule efficiencies.

3. Compare and review contractor bid pricing on medium to high risk projects to ensure fair pricing and bid balancing. Document, research and stay current on construction labor and material costs, estimating methodologies and tools, construction market climate and availability of labor special trades, equipment rates, and material resources. Update and maintain costing database with current trend information and historical pricing as guided by the Manager.

4. Estimate costs for medium to high risk professional service contracts, intergovernmental agreements, reimbursable or betterment agreements based on scope narratives.

5. Maintain cost estimate request and tracking logs and review with Project Managers on a regular basis; update logs with final pricing information and reconcile differences between estimates.

6. Coordinate and assist Project Managers with cost-to-complete forecasts.

Position Requirements

A Bachelor's Degree is required.

A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Architecture or a related field is preferred.

A minimum of four (4) years total credited experience.*

Two (2) years of experience in developing quantity take-offs from plans and drawings are required.

Four (4) years of experience in developing built up construction cost estimates and reconciling with contractors costs and negotiating fair and reasonable outcomes are required.

One (1) year of experience in developing conceptual cost estimates from limited information is required.

A certification as an Associate Estimating Professional (AEP) or Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) designation is preferred.

Or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

  • The amount of credit a candidate receives for prior years of experience is based on the relevancy of that experience to the required or preferred prerequisites of the job description. Experience is prorated based on hours worked. LRHR assigns and validates the "credited experience."

Selection Criteria

Type of Position / Grade / FLSA
Grade 15, Exempt, Non-Union, Full-Time

Salary Range
Minimum: $82,536.00
Maximum $123,804.00

Selection Process
Candidates will be selected based at a minimum on the result of:
1. Application Review (please include: Cover Letter and Resume)
2. Panel Interviews
3. Reference Check

Supplemental Information
Make sure you describe in detail how your education, training and work experience fit with this role. You are encouraged to attach a resume, cover letter, training certificates and/or letters of recommendation with your application. You are permitted five attachments of less than 5MB each.

Internal applicants: Information in your personnel file will not be used in lieu of information requested on your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you are a qualified veteran and would like to apply for veterans' preference points, you will need to reflect your status on the application and attach supporting documentation at the time of application submission.

If you need accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act for any part of the application process, contact our Human Resources staff at 503-962-7505, or the TTY line at 7-1-1. Note that we require a minimum of two workdays' notice prior to the need for accommodation.

TriMet is an equal opportunity employer, committed to developing an organization that is reflective of and sensitive to the needs of the diverse community we serve, including veterans, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities.

ADA Statement
As applied to the workplace, applicants and employees must be qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. Essential functions may include required job functions performed infrequently as well as production standards related to the quality and quantity of work.

If a person with a disability could meet job qualifications with a reasonable accommodation, TriMet will work with the employee to accommodate the need. If TriMet's accommodation is effective in allowing the employee to perform the essential functions of the job, it need not be the employee's preferred accommodation.

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