Sachs Electric
  • 13-Apr-2018 to 12-May-2018 (CST)
  • Estimating
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Full Time

Sachs Electric Company




DEPARTMENT: Estimating

POSITION: Senior Estimator

FLSA: Exempt

REPORTS TO: Vice President of Estimating



POSITION OVERVIEW:  Prepare and coordinate electrical estimates for large and complex projects.  Coordinate estimate take-off, lead teams on projects, and support and mentor estimators.




  • Review all bid documents to determine the complete project scope.
  • Take overall responsibility for estimates for large, complex projects, and leading a team of estimators with varying abilities to complete the estimate.
  • Train and mentor department employees, as well as review work done by subordinates ensuring estimate completeness and accuracy.
  • Perform a complete review of "front-end" documents recognizing risk factors and reflecting any costs associated with such risks in the estimate. Recognize onerous legal and contractual requirements within the documents, communicating same to those involved in the final estimate review.
  • Compose concise, well structured, comprehensive scope/clarification documents reflecting a high degree of professionalism and project knowledge.
  • Lead estimate reviews in executive review meetings with or without the assistance of a department head.
  • Perform advanced takeoffs and input utilizing the estimating software.
  • Set up an estimate in a format that allows advanced manipulation of the data by the estimator, enabling the generation of complicated estimate breakdowns for bid analysis, scheduling input, and bid form requirements.
  • Layout and take off branch circuit wiring for basic and specialty systems including lighting, lighting controls, instrumentation, receptacles, fire alarm, sound systems, etc.
  • Formulate labor units for unfamiliar materials.
  • Provide the data required to create a man loaded schedule for bid analysis and proposal submittal.
  • Assess the risk associated with takeoffs performed by other members of the team.
  • Develop and price a comprehensive scope of value engineering ideas on any given project. Incorporate other cost saving measures in an estimate that are acceptable within the requirements of the contract documents but not necessarily apparent to all members of the estimating team.


  • Proficient in creating Working Drawings Estimates, Design Development Estimates, Design Build Estimates, and Conceptual Estimates for the following types of projects:
    • Commercial Projects
    • Industrial Projects
    • Institutional Projects
    • Specialty Projects
  • Minimum of 10 years estimating experience with an electrical contractor.
  • Excellent leadership skill
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to read and thoroughly understand all bid documents
  • Ability to work independently without supervision as well as effectively as part of a team
  • Excellent business writing skills
  • Superior Math and Critical Thinking skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of estimating practices and procedures including blueprint reading and analysis, software input and data manipulation, takeoff techniques, and electrical systems and their components.
  • Thorough knowledge of NEC requirements as well as a basic knowledge of the effects of other national codes (i.e. BOCA, etc.) on electrical construction.
  • Thorough understanding of labor risk factors including but not limited to location, weather, labor availability, installation difficulty, and scheduling.
  • Advanced knowledge of all standard electrical systems in commercial, industrial and institutional construction projects.
  • Ability to design basic systems with rudimentary information
  • Thorough knowledge of standard labor units and the logic behind their development.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Access, Word, Outlook)
  • Advanced experience with estimating software (Accubid preferred) including the use of custom designations, bid summaries, item substitutions, special reporting, and job exporting.
  • Experience working with Bluebeam Revu a plus.


 Sachs Electric Company is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer regardless of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious beliefs, marital status, genetic information, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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