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Burns & McDonnell Senior Estimator in Houston, Texas


About us:

For over 50 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. 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.


  • Reviews and interprets engineering documentation such as drawings/specifications/scope of works

  • Provides detailed and accurate quantity and component take-offs against the technical drawings, specifications and scope of work documentation

  • Advises on potential problem areas and advise best possible solutions to the project team during the cost estimating exercise

  • Provides timely clarifications for ongoing submission within the tender duration

  • Provides current and competitive engineering schedule of rates

  • Communicates and negotiates competitive rates with suppliers and sub-contractors

  • Provides costing data and input into the Proposal formats required by the RFQ

  • Supports estimates with structures and details where required

  • Sources and collates additional engineering information related to the tender requirements to support the bid proposal

  • Reports to the Engineering Manager the Project Manager or Estimating Manager for specific proposals

  • Works within the estimating team

  • Coordinates with other discipline Estimators

  • Responsible for inputting cost information into, and maintaining a database for historical and contemporary data.

  • Proficient in the ability to work with engineering drawings and specifications

  • Prepare RFQ’ and Requisitions for Equipment and specialty Items

  • Assist Project Controls group with Schedules and proper accounting of projects

  • Interact with the Project Managers (E or EPC) and /or Clients to address project Requirements

  • Interface with other disciplines in developing total project solutions

  • Prepares weekly bid calendar and ensures timely completion of estimates

  • Reviews EPC documents and understands scope of work to bid

  • Prepares cost analysis by recapitulating material, labor, equipment, subcontractor and overhead costs incurred in the installation of items

  • Develops and maintains resource information on products, vendors, subcontractors, etc.

  • Assist in Prepare Equipment Specifications & Data

  • Evaluating tender documents, drawings, & schedules

  • Based on Clients budget constraints for any specific project, carrying out Value engineering studies

  • Study and understand the project scope of work, contract, schedule, project execution, local conditions, financing scheme of a specific proposal

  • Prepare and plan project estimate methodology that satisfies client’s expectations, is agreed with Project Management Team and is in line with company guidelines.

  • Conducts cost review meeting with internal departments and Proposal, Procurement and Construction

  • Present the cost estimate to Management during Review Meetings Informs of any observed inaccuracies or omissions

  • Prepares the price sheet and price breakdown for submission and present the final estimates

  • Actively involved in risk review meetings to ensure accuracy of cost risk evaluation

  • Help develop and plan for improving estimating, tools, systems and with progression of the department




  • Microsoft products Basic Office Equipment (phone, copy machine, fax machine, 10-key calculator)

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as blueprints, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Write routine reports and correspondence. Speak effectively before groups of customers or employees

  • AutoCAD/CADWorx


  • Ability to lift 20lbs

  • 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.


  • Analytical—the individual synthesizes complex or diverse information.

  • Problem-Solving—the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully.

  • Oral Communication—the individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations.

  • Planning/Organizing—the individual prioritizes and plans work activities and uses time efficiently.

  • Quality—the individual demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and monitors own work to ensure quality.

  • Adaptability—the individual adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and is able to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

  • Dependability—the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.

  • Basic understanding of the principles of cost control, estimating, management and project reporting.


  • Degree in relevant Engineering disciplines, e.g. Civil Engineering, Architecture, Mechanical, Electrical, etc.

  • Previous experience in Estimation within Petrochem/Process industry.

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

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Req ID: 201930