Cost Estimator

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NIKA Published: April 20, 2017 (10 days ago)
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 Provides Cost Engineering support to HFD internal and external customers (MTFs) by creating working estimated by working collaboratively with HFD engineers, consultants, SMEs, MTF Facility Managers and maintenance providers in inspecting work requirements, developing execution strategies and notional solutions, and potential design approaches. Provides counsel and advice at a highly technical level on compliance and quality management to Health Facilities Division Engineering Branch in the estimated cost for maintenance, repair and modernization of major building physical plant systems which span all engineering disciplines (Architectural, Mechanical, Electrical, Structural and Building Envelope). Some of these systems include but are not limited to heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; potable and non-potable water distribution systems; medical gas and vacuum systems; medical waste and sanitary sewer plumbing; electrical distribution and generators; building envelope systems that include roofs, exterior windows, walls and doors; low voltage security and communication systems; fire protection and mass notification systems.

 Integrates information from a variety of sources (accepted industry standards such as RS Means, Premivera P6, parametric estimates, historical relevant data, past proven practical experience and other such sources) into the USACE accepted and approved MCASES automated estimating system that can be reviewed and endorsed by USACE Cost Engineers as an acceptable and certifiable Independent Government Estimate.

  Travels to sites with HFD Engineers and SMEs to participate first hand in the development of the requirements and scope of work such that the information gathered can be used further develop a complete, detailed and complete working cost estimate.

  Once the CWE is developed, the incumbent will present and champion the CWE to USACE in behalf of the HFD. Should USACE Cost Engineers have any question or require additional information regarding the work plan, execution strategy or phasing, design assumptions, the incumbent will be responsible to provide this information and work through the details with the USACE Cost Engineer to yield a compliant, accurate and acceptable estimate.

  Assists management in cost analysis of technical proposals to determine the reasonableness of product of service costs. Assists the Sustainment Portfolio Managers in the determination of maintenance labor hours and project scopes needed for the preventive maintenance and minor repair efforts associated with the sustainment of the physical plants. Prepares cost estimates for modifications of current on-going contracts.


  • Multifaceted knowledge in all trade disciplines necessary to accurately analyze plans, data, designs, operations and demolition and installation strategies necessary to develop detailed accurate Current Working Estimates from current industry standards. 
  • Intimately knowledgeable in the use of M2 MCASES automated estimating programs and other estimating tools leveraged by USACE. 
  • Has a good understanding of the USACE Cost Engineering structure, processes and Engineering Regulations and Procurement Instruction Letters published by USACE. 
  • Must be very familiar in mechanical, electrical, structural, architectural and building envelope systems in order to collect current conditions, capture and establish reasonable project assumptions, assess local challenges, identify unique local cost additives necessary to develop a comprehensive estimate for renovation and modernization of buildings and infrastructure systems.
  • Must be knowledgeable of DoD design criteria, Air Force Instructions, local, municipal and federal building codes, criteria and standards. 
  • Must have strong interpersonal, communicative, diplomatic and analytical skills to provide highly professional quality presentations to executive leadership and large audiences.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in applied mechanical and/or architectural engineering with professional engineering registration is required. 
  • Must possess a minimum of 5 years of documented qualifying practical experience in the design and construction of major institutional, military and/or medical healthcare facilities.
  • Practical experience is defined as having the sole direct responsibility of, and being directly instrumental in the efficient and effective design, planning and construction project management of large renovation and modernization's of large institutional, industrial or medical healthcare buildings. 
  • This practical experience must be recent and within the past six (6) months and span continuously over the preceding three (3) years.
  • Must have experience with M2 and MSCASE construction cost estimates.
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