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Burns & McDonnell Senior Estimator - Transmission & Distribution (T&D) - (Houston) in Houston, Texas


About us:

For over 60 years Ref-Chem has provided the total package for industrial facilities related to the oil and gas, chemical, refining, air separation, petrochemical, minerals processing, power, cement and manufacturing industries. We have recently branched out into T&D substation work, foods, Aviation and fueling along with waste-water facilities. Explore more at www.ref-chem.com

Notice: The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change


This position will take the lead and assume responsibility for working with the T&D Division Director and others in planning the scope of work for the complete construction of substations & high voltage projects. The Estimator is responsible for performing quantity takeoffs from bill of materials and/or RFP drawings, manage all aspects of estimate development with consideration to costs, schedules, scopes of work, materials selection and quality. The Estimator will be responsible for evaluating the RFP/RFQ documentation and specifications to be issued to material suppliers & subcontractors. The Estimator will complete subcontractor and material supplier bid analysis, make selections, and finalize comprehensive proposals to T&D project owners.


  • Estimate complete substation projects in accordance with industry standards

  • Work with engineers, operations department, and construction personnel to identify and review work to be estimated, including review of Request for Proposal (RFP), drawings, specifications, and related internally and externally generated documents.

  • Estimates will include time and material requirements, labor resources (costs and quantities) and where necessary, the estimator will analyze regional labor rates and per diems to be used in the estimate.

  • Working with Engineering and Design teams, the Estimator will prepare material take-offs, develop corresponding estimates as well as obtain quotations from vendors and subcontractors for materials and contracted tasks not being performed by the Company.

  • Confer with internal and external groups (engineers, architects, owners, contractors, and subcontractors) on changes and adjustments to cost estimates

  • Identify opportunities, risks, and contingencies throughout the project duration.




  • Communication Skills: able to articulate thoughts clearly both verbally and in writing; ability to author and make presentations, writing technical documents and letters

  • Composure: keeps cool under pressure; able to effectively shift gears without being thrown off balance, competent in conflict and crisis management, with ability to make good decisions

  • Drive for Results: result orientated, pushes to ensure construction progresses according to schedule

  • Problem Solving: anticipates and develops solutions

  • Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes, plans and organizes work and time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals, objectives and realistic action plans, coordinates team activities; ensures plans progress on schedule and within budget

  • Teamwork: Ability to balance team and individual responsibilities; exhibit objectivity and openness to other’s views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed

  • Proposal Management: Manage and coordinate multiple facets of the proposal phase, schedule, resources, and procedures

  • Full Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.

  • Ability to travel to project sites, assess project performance, site conditions, and revise affected estimates accordingly.

  • Ability to lift 20lbs


  • Minimum 10 Years of substation construction experience estimating substation construction projects with detailed knowledge and experience applying estimating fundamentals

  • General understanding of Fixed Price, Time & Materials, Cost Plus and per Unit contract pricing mechanisms

Ref-Chem, LP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Ref-Chem, LP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religions, sex, national origin, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by application state or federal civil rights law.

Job Construction Services

Primary Location US-TX-Houston

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 211059