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At PCL, we build the places where life happens and find camaraderie in the process. We're a community of builders committed to building better communities. That's why we're always looking ahead, and not just to the next project or what's next in our industry.


We're also looking at what's next for you and how we can help you build a career you're proud of. PCL is a dynamic organization that embraces innovation and continually looks ahead to what’s next for our industry and for our employees.


Here's how an Estimator for our California Buildings district located in Irvine, CA you will contribute to our team by:


•    Takes ownership of medium-to-large estimates or a component of larger estimates and is accountable for that specific work scope.
•    Conducts detailed analysis of contract documents (isometric, as-built, and engineering drawings) and specifications for large hard bid / lump sum and construction management projects to determine overall project requirements (bonding, insurance, etc.).
•    Identifies associated risk factors, including monitoring of published addenda that may alter original project scope.
•    Identifies and gives lead estimator special requirements in technical specifications, and requirements for weather protection, cranes, hoists, temporary facilities, and services.
•    Reviews current material and construction equipment pricing from purchasing department and ensures that bid validity and price escalation are addressed and meet project’s needs.
•    Assists with bid document control by documenting, organizing, and archiving all information relating to the estimate for successful transfer to the project team. 
•    Performs bid-day assignments and supports other estimators to successfully close various scopes.
•    Develops and maintains strong relationships with all stakeholders including lead estimator, lead bid runner, subtrade partners and suppliers. 
•    Solicits competitive pricing from subtrade partners and suppliers for pursuit support. 
•    Establishes a critical path schedule for the estimate/pursuit.
•    Leads a small team including mentoring and coaching indirect reports. 


•    Bachelor’s degree or diploma in related discipline or trade experience or equivalent. 
•    4-5 years of progressive experience in construction cost estimating, and 6-12 months of on-site experience is preferred. 
•    Successfully led pursuits valued at up to $25 million in various delivery methods (hard bid/lump sum, construction management/cost reimbursable/target price and/or design-build). 
•    General construction knowledge; understands specifications, drawings, materials, and methods and procedures. 
•    Extensive knowledge of key principles involved in bid preparation; including quantity takeoff procedures and systems, subtrade partner procurement, pricing, interdepartmental functions, general expense philosophy and bid-closing procedures. 
•    Understanding of compensation models, market conditions, business trends, internal historical information, and competitors. 
•    Familiar with different delivery methods: hard bid, guaranteed maximum price (GMP), unit price, design-build, target prices, and cost reimbursable.
•    Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with stakeholders including the ability to solicit subtrade partners and suppliers. 
•    Working knowledge of estimating software, advanced skills using Microsoft Office Suite and a strong aptitude for adopting new technology. 

PCL combines numerous pay and benefit strategies to provide a comprehensive and competitive total rewards package. The total rewards package includes an employee share purchase offering, discretionary annual performance bonus, comprehensive benefits & wellness programs, retirement plan plus matching and career development programs.


PCL is an innovative, employee-owned company comprised of people who find passion in their profession and take pride in doing great work every day. Our work powers the infrastructure and utilities that are essential to daily life and our projects are the scene of vacations, careers, education and healing. We are consistently ranked among the best companies to work for because we are committed to supporting and developing our teams.

The PCL Companies celebrate diversity and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability or veteran status.

Should you require an accommodation during the application process, please contact us at with the position and location you are interested in.

Together, we can build success and a better future. Let’s get started!


Target Start Date: 10/24/2022  

Employee Status:  Regular Full-Time 

Company: PCL Construction Services, Inc. 

Primary Location: Irvine, California 

Job: Estimator

Requisition: 194 

Nearest Major Market: Irvine California
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles