Senior Estimator (Denver, CO)

SEMA Construction has an immediate opening for an experienced Senior Estimator with a background in heavy civil construction. The Senior Estimator will be based in our Centennial, Colorado office and manage all aspects of developing cost estimates for large heavy civil projects involving structures, as well as be responsible for developing cost estimates for projects involving earthwork and underground utilities.


  • Create detailed cost estimates arranged to follow the pricing format required by the project
  • Research pricing for estimates based on historical and regional costs
  • Provide high level scoping of the project to create the estimate summary and outsourcing control worksheets
  • Lead outreach to subcontractor and supply community directly
  • Visit project work sites, participate in pre-proposal meetings, clarify scope of work, and prepare RFI’s
  • Prepare written statement of qualifications and/or proposals that respond directly to project owners’ requests for qualifications and requests for proposals
  • Evaluate projects for constructability and value-engineer cost savings
  • Work closely with SEMA personnel and other stakeholders to develop strategy, competitive differentiation, and an overall understanding of the project
  • Understand and seek out specialty subcontractors and suppliers that fulfill the unique requirements of a project
  • Develop and/or manage the development of a preliminary bid schedule
  • Develop self-performed estimates for the trades that we choose to self-perform
  • Work closely with subcontractors, suppliers, and other stakeholders through the bid process to understand and capture the complete scope of each trade in the scope summary sheets and the estimate at large
  • Accurately utilize project plans and specifications to identify scopes of work, assign crews, schedules, materials, and subcontracting opportunities
  • Manage bid receipt of subcontractor and supplier pricing to develop SEMA’s final selling price and offer
  • Understand and manage SEMA’s risk as part of the proposal preparation process
  • Work with team to close the estimate in HCSS
  • Work on a preliminary project schedule based on the information provided in the Plans and Specifications utilizing Primavera Contractor software
  • Proposal development and technical writing

Job Requirements:

  • 4-year BS degree in Civil Engineering or Construction Management, P.E. preferred
  • 10+ years of experience in heavy civil estimating required
  • Estimating experience with bridges, CIP concrete structures, retaining walls, and other structures required
  • Experience in all aspects of heavy civil work scopes preferred
  • Experience with DOTs preferred
  • HCSS (Heavy bid Software), Agtek, and Primavera P6 strongly preferred
  • Alternate delivery experience preferred including technical writing skills
  • Strong prioritization and organizational skills
  • Sense of urgency and the ability to multi-task
  • Highly productive and willing to manage a busy work schedule independently
  • Superior verbal and written (including technical) communication skills

SEMA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors.