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RES Lead Estimator Transmission in Ankeny, Iowa


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Lead Estimator, Transmission (Estimator IV) prepares high voltage overhead electrical system cost estimates for independent power producer (IPP) and utility-owned projects with a complete understanding of the interrelationship of the cost of labor, material, equipment, and productivity in the unit costs used in all scopes of project estimate. Manages accurate, cost competitive and timely preparation of estimates for the Company’s renewable energy and T&D construction business to be bid, incorporating extensive knowledge of construction means and methods, costs, and industry principles. May be a first line people leader with direct reports.

Estimates EPC project costs related to high voltage electrical transmission line construction scopes of work for RES Development and 3rd party client projects. Project responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the procurement and installation of temporary construction facilities, project and field management, right of way clearing and access, foundations, high voltage transmission line construction, engineering services, testing, taxes, contingency, warranties, margin. Transmission line estimating requires a comprehensive knowledge of electrical overhead construction projects of 69kV through 500kV.


  • Leads and handles multiple complex project estimate assignments concurrently under minimal supervision, using standardized tools and processes to prepare accurate, competitive, and timely estimates of project cost and schedule.

  • Reviews and understands content of all RFP documents to determine project scopes of work and required pricing elements for inclusion within the estimate.

  • Leads a team of contributing estimators for respective SOWs to prepare accurate, competitive, and timely estimates for Bid-Build and EPC (Engineer-Procure-Construct) construction Request for Proposals (RFPs).

  • Collaborates with Preconstruction Manager for engineering support services and deliverables as basis of estimate.

  • Receives, prioritizes, and distributes requests for quote to vendors and subcontractors; analyzes responses for accuracy, completeness and efficacy per request and project schedule milestones.

  • Completes take-offs to calculate estimate quantities and units of work for transmission and overhead collections EPC self-perform construction scopes of work for up to 500kV electrical systems.

  • Quantifies resources and production rates for transmission lines and overhead collections for the purpose of high-voltage electrical conveyance for self-perform construction cost estimation.

  • Gathers details and maintains current market data necessary to accurately estimate construction, material and soft costs associated with project construction.

  • Determines impacts to estimates based on local labor requirements, current commodity pricing, and client’s project specifications.

  • Identifies and determines project risk values and records in Risk Register.

  • Collaborates with Preconstruction Manager for alignment of estimated resources and duration represented in project estimate to achieve client defined milestones identified within project schedule.

  • Reviews all estimate entries for accuracy. Analyzes multi-discipline estimated costs related to client RFP information and design and costs to complete the estimate.

  • Recognizes and recommends alternative designs and scope definitions that support consistency, standardization, and cost competitiveness.

  • Provides indicative budgets per client requests prior to RFP issuance.

  • Creates project estimate-related bid proposal documents to meet RFP submittal requirements, such as SOV, client provided technical forms, and ACE documents.

  • Presents project scope, identified risks and cost estimate for Operations and Executive reviews.

  • Collaborates with Proposal Strategist and Preconstruction Manager for assembly of final RFP response during bidding process.

  • Assists in compiling historical cost data for projects.


  • Associate’s degree in engineering, construction management, or related area of study; OR high school with at least two years’ equivalent industry experience, required

  • 7 years or more estimating transmission line self-perform construction

  • 2 years or more leading a team of estimators for specific project pursuit estimates or other supervisory experience

  • 1 year or more field-based construction experience

  • Extensive experience with EPC and bid-build estimate structure for creation of proposals for large utility and utility grade renewable energy power plant construction projects.

  • Ability to recognize and recommend alternative designs/scope definitions which support consistency, standardization, and cost competitiveness.

  • Thorough understanding of tasks and processes associated with the construction of transmission and distribution overhead construction means and methods. Experience working with utility and (IPP) owned high voltage system scopes of work is highly desirable.

  • Familiarity with design build construction methods, utilizing creative thought processes and experience, to produce production-based cost estimates with detailed costs for resource budget estimates.

  • Ability to complete quantity take offs from construction plans.

  • Ability to compile indicative budgets in the absence of engineered documents.

  • Experience with estimating software; experience with HCSS HeavyBid preferred.

  • Experience with Blue Beam/Adobe for purposes of quantity take-off required.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Project, OneNote, Teams), and SharePoint.

  • Ability to evaluate site conditions from plans, geotechnical reports and/or site visits for creation of cost estimates utilizing best labor, equipment, and material resources for most competitive and accurate proposal estimates. Ability to apply varying levels of detail for both indicative and hard bid proposals.

  • Advanced skills in client and subcontractor interface and negotiation.

  • Advanced communication skills with the ability to clearly describe the advantages and disadvantages of various design options.

  • Strong detail orientation and analytical thinking skills.

  • Desire to learn and apply knowledge quickly.

  • Ability to work independently and complete tasks on time with minimal supervision.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Familiarity with standard construction industry concepts, practices, and procedures.

  • Ability to drive innovation of new processes while supporting corporate standards for quality.

  • Comfortable operating in a highly collaborative team environment working with third party customers, developers, design engineers, construction estimators, pre-construction mangers, construction managers, and executive managers on a regular basis.

  • Ability to travel 5 to 15%.

Anticipated base salary range: $130,000 - $160,000

The final agreed upon compensation is based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. This position is bonus eligible.

Physical requirements and environment:

The work environment and physical demands characteristics are representative of those the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is:

Rarely: carrying 5 to 15 pounds, climbing, crouching, gripping, handling, kneeling, pinching; pulling, pushing and lifting 5 to 15 pounds; reaching, and stooping required.

Occasionally: grasping and standing required.

Frequently: repetitive motions and sitting required.

Constantly: reading and vision required.

The employee is rarely exposed to extreme cold, extreme heat, humidity, wet, noise, and hazards in the work environment.

We maintain a drug-free workplace. Candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment background investigation and drug test as a condition of employment.

RES is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.