Henkels & McCoy


2 weeks ago
Job ID
# Positions
Job Category
Operations Support
CDL Required
Lifting Required
Travel Required


Henkels & McCoy, Inc., one of the largest privately held international utility contracting firms, with offices in 80 cities and celebrating over 90 years of operating with a reputation as one of the most reliable and innovative firms in construction and engineering, is currently seeking an Estimator for pipeline construction work its Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, office.


The estimator at Henkels & McCoy, Inc. would work within our fast-paced, multi-task environment.  This position has responsibility for the timely and accurate development of bids and proposals for the construction of mainline projects, D.O.T. replacements, rehab work (anomaly repairs) and facility modifications for the Pipeline Division.

Major Job Elements

  • Participate as needed in every level of the estimating process including: reviewing of contract document issues and requirements, attending pre-bid meetings, traveling to job locations to confirm project site conditions and evaluating contract specifications and scope definition on bid opportunities. Meet bid deadlines and customer presentation requirements.
  • Responsible for detailed cost estimating and qualification development for proposals, regardless of size or complexity. Professionally and adequately estimate the cost for and pacing of the personnel, equipment, materials and subcontractors associated with each project. Final mark-ups and risk assessment will be jointly determined with management approval at the formal proposal evaluation review. This task shall be performed with sensitivity to the competitive union marketplace.
  • Assist in defining the operations project/contract deliverables to the customer as required by the contract. Assist field personnel in developing and/or recommending change orders to scope as needed.
  • Plan all projects with expectations for the efficient use of personnel, equipment, materials and subcontractors within contract requirements, time guidelines and other restrictions. Develop bill of materials as required. Assist field project management with project task scheduling issues. Proactively identify and suggest solutions for known or anticipated construction problems to minimize cost and reduce risk. Negotiate positive resolutions with customer on any disputes that may arise.
  • Participate in assigned contract pre-plan meetings.  Communicate production goals and pacing, as bid into the project, in terms of man hours, tracking and billing units, material usage planning and subcontractor requirements.  Provide job-related documentation to field operations, project management staff and the back office Project Controller and other Administrative staff as needed.
  • Maintain files as back-up for estimate figures.  Review and incorporate historical data from past projects, subcontracts, productivity analysis reports, etc. into unit and man hour figures as appropriate.
  • Serve as a business development representative/contact person with customers, subcontractors and vendors, including past customers of Henkels & McCoy.  Maintain a confidential professionalism with all relationships.
  • Review on-line bid services for business opportunities related to the work performed by the Pipeline Department.  Assist H&M in growing the business both within our current geographic area and in other parts of the country.  Support other Regional Business Units by following leads as assigned.
  • Apply H&M Project Management Methodology while estimating on all projects.




  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in construction estimating and contract administration supported by some formal training.
  • Ability to read/interpret detailed prints and specifications for conceptual, lump sum or unit pricing and to negotiate pricing as needed.
  • Ability to perform take-offs, compare unit pricing and solicit subcontractor pricing.
  • General understanding of profit/loss terms such as cost, margin and fee is required.
  • Underground utility construction estimating experience is a plus (i.e. gas, water, and telephone, electric).
  • Previous experience in estimating pipeline construction required.
  • Must be fluent with Microsoft computer packages. Experience with computerized bidding software and critical path scheduling software is a plus.
  • Construction Management degree preferred or adequate related experience required.
  • Experience with Hard Dollar construction estimating software preferred.

Henkels & McCoy, Inc is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer


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