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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 our employees.  


Here's how an Estimator for our California Buildings District in our San Diego, CA area office contributes to our team:


  • Leads medium-to-large estimates or components of large estimates and is accountable for that specific scope of work. Leads win strategy development  
  • Conducts detailed analysis of contract documents and specifications to determine and validate overall project requirements. 
  • Ensures the completion of full quantity take-offs of all labor, equipment, and materials from project documents and identifies missing information. 
  • Leads the development of conceptual estimate proposal submissions and presentations to support construction management and design-build pursuits. 
  • Supports the estimate lead by populating tender forms, generating requests for information, anticipating proposal requirements, and assisting to establish a pursuit schedule.  
  • Conducts risk and opportunity analysis by reviewing all bid related documents and utilizing project and industry knowledge. 
  • 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 supporting other estimators to successfully close various scopes. 
  • Coordinates with internal departments and external stakeholders to create site logistics, a schedule, an execution plan, and project budget requirements. 
  • Completes and presents final cost estimate and tender submission to chief estimator and district management for review and approval before submission to the client. 
  • Establishes a critical path schedule for the estimate/pursuit and reviewing work completed by estimators on the pursuit.  
  • Leads a team including mentoring and coaching direct and indirect reports. 


  • Bachelor’s degree or diploma in related discipline or trade experience or equivalent. 
  • 8 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 $150 million in various delivery methods. 
  • Knowledge of different construction methods; planning, scheduling, sequencing, quality, safety, and timelines. 
  • 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 to develop win strategies. 
  • Experience estimating multiple scopes, with the capability of building conceptual estimates. 
  • 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 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 salary range for this position is between $117,000 to $152,000 per year based on experience and qualifications. 

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

PCL combines numerous pay and benefit strategies to provide a comprehensive and competitive total rewards package. Any salary range displayed by a job board is an estimate. Your salary, which considers your unique qualifications and experience, is just one component of the robust total rewards you'll enjoy at PCL. This may include an employee share purchase offering, discretionary annual performance bonus, comprehensive benefits and wellness programs, retirement plan plus matching, and career development programs.

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


Employee Status: Regular Full-Time   

Company: PCL Construction Services, Inc. 

Primary Location: San Diego, California 

Job: Estimator

Requisition: 4376  

Nearest Major Market: San Diego