GSM Services
  • Commercial
  • Gastonia, NC, USA
  • Full Time


The Mechanical Estimator will support the commercial team in the preparation of estimates, including quantifying material and labor, as well as gathering quotations from sub trades and equipment. This position involves working on a full-range of mechanical projects to analyze the costs of an prepare estimates as well as provide technical support to project operations as it relates to estimating, reporting and monitoring progress of projects, planning and scheduling, and dealing with project change.


Participate in full cycle, preparation of tender submissions, pre-construction conceptual estimates and project schedules for review by the Project Manager

Estimate preparation for costs of materials, labor, sub trades, equipment for construction projects (lump sum). Based on contract bids, quotes, drawings & specifications

Responsible for the quantity survey, unit pricing, general conditions cost, the application of overhead, and setting the proposal language or "Terms and Conditions"

Work closely with Project Managers to create a bid strategy, techniques, etc.

Provide training, mentorship and guidance to assigned personnel in the preparation, revision, and production of cost estimates.

Review bid package blueprints and drawings

Calculate quantity take-off detailing all the materials and supplies necessary for the contract to achieve specification

Review take-offs checking for mathematical and technical accuracy

Liaise with suppliers and collect quotes on materials

Attend pre-bid meetings for clarification

Calculate a final figure for the estimated cost, supplemented by adjustments for overheads and profit

Present bid package with bid price for clients according to specifications

  • Revise bid packages and prepare addendums as needed
  • Follow up on bid closings with clients
  • Track actual costs against the estimate and identify possible improvements to processes.
  • Consult and communicate with engineers, architects, contractors/subcontractors and owners
  • Preparation of economic feasibility studies on changes/adjustments to the cost estimates
  • Build long term relationships with clients, subcontractors and suppliers
  • Seek and qualify new subcontractors, suppliers and clients
  • Perform other duties as required

Basic Qualifications

  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Professional, approachable and customer-service oriented
  • Strong work ethic and positive team attitude
  • Attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy
  • Good mathematical and analytical skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Develop creative solutions
  • Understand and provide value engineering opportunities

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Characteristics

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Project)
  • Experience & proficiency with estimating and computer software packages would be an asset.
  • Mechanical related post-secondary Degree and/or Diploma and/or valid Journeyman/Plumbing & Gas Fitting Certifications
  • Five years of related work experience with a proven track record.
  • Strong knowledge of mechanical piping, HVAC, sprinkler systems and related equipment

Physical Demands

To adequately perform the duties of this job the coworker is regularly and routinely required to sit; stand, walk, stoop, use hands to finger, handle controls; hear, and talk.   The coworker frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The coworker must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Must be able to climb ladders and not be timid of heights

Work Environment

The work environment noise level is usually moderate but will vary occasionally.  The work environment will subject coworkers to continual interruptions and changing priorities.  Effective, consistent, and constant communication with customers, vendors, co-workers, and others is required.  

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