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EMCOR Group Estimator in Des Moines, Iowa


Job Title: Estimator

Reports to: VP of Operations

Location: Des Moines, IA

FLSA Status: Full-Time / Exempt

Since 1946, Baker Electric has served the electrical needs of Des Moines and Central Iowa. We perform all types of electrical work including commercial, industrial, residential, voice/data cabling, traffic signalization and underground installations. We continue to strive towards excellence by employing individuals with the intelligence, talent, and skills required to contribute to our growth and success and by focusing on employees’ individual performance and unification with the team! All successful employees are focused on customer satisfaction and dedicated to meeting our vision of an inclusive and unified workforce.

Position Description

The Estimator is a critical role for Baker Electric, Inc., a subsidiary of publicly traded EMCOR Group, Inc., and is located in Des Moines, IA. The position partners with all divisions of Baker and is responsible for estimating and providing management with detailed pricing for development of bid quotations and bid packages.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Collect historical cost data to estimate costs for current or future products.

  • Consult with clients, vendors, personnel in other departments, or construction foremen to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues.

  • Prepare estimates used by management for purposes such as planning, organizing, and scheduling work.

  • Analyze blueprints and other documentation to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates.

  • Confer with engineers, architects, owners, contractors, and subcontractors on changes and adjustments to cost estimates.

  • Review contract and bid documents; review and understand scope for project turnover

  • Attend walk-throughs, pre-bid and scope clarification meetings

  • Quantitative take-off and computer entry

  • Prepare scope letters and proposals

  • Maintain relationships with customers, General Contractors, vendors and subcontractors

  • Ability to perform design/build, conceptual and budget estimates

  • Coordinate the efforts of junior and staff-level resources in performing take-offs, issuing bills of material to vendors and obtaining subcontractor quotes

  • Coordinate efforts with the Engineering Department

  • Ensure documents are centrally saved in the company’s drive within the confidential estimating folder(s)

  • Assist project managers with takeoffs and pricing changes in work

  • Perform additional assignments as required by the needs of the company or as directed by executives.

  • Maintain confidentiality of work and any Baker Electric project knowledge

  • Escalate critical and/or sensitive issues to the Vice President of Preconstruction with recommendation for resolution.

  • Comply with all Company operating policies, procedures, and safety programs as established.

  • Other related duties as assigned


To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Preferred Education and Experience (Knowledge)

  • 2+ years related experience in the construction industry

  • Bachelor of Science in and Master of Science in engineering or construction related field desirable

  • Knowledge of the construction industry and contract documentation

  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and city regulations and guidelines

  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite applications

Required Attributes and Competencies (Skills)

  • Must demonstrate integrity, honesty, professionalism and commitment to company values

  • Must be self-motivated and able to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment

  • Must have excellent organizational, communication, strategic, technical, analytical, problem solving, and multi-tasking skills

  • Must have high standards of quality with attention to detail

  • Must possess ability to manage and supervise personnel

  • Must build positive working relationships with multiple levels of employees, management, suppliers, and customers

Language Skills

Must have the demonstrated ability to effectively communicate in English, cooperate, and collaborate with multiple levels of customer, employees, unions, government agencies, vendors and suppliers, and other contractor organizations.

Physical Requirements (Ability)

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform 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 regularly required to work at a computer (reading and keying) for extended periods of time, to sit, see, talk, and hear. The employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is regularly required to walk, reach with hands and arms. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee may be required to commute to field locations and project sites and be able to navigate around the job site locations.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an 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. The employee should expect to sit for long periods in front of a computer and also travel to field locations as needed.

While visiting field locations, the employee may be required to be outdoors, exposed to outside weather conditions, extended exposure to sunlight, moisture, cold and heat. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

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We offer our employees a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package and are always looking for individuals with the talent and skills required to contribute to our continued growth and success. Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled.

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