Construction Estimator
Terra Engineering and Construction - Madison, WI

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Terra Engineering and Construction Corp. is a civil construction company specializing in earth retention, drilling, deep foundations, dams, watercourse and marine work, landfill gas and petroleum pipeline installations, underground utilities, excavating and grading. Terra also provides engineering/ design build services for earth retention and deep foundation structures.

We are looking for a Civil Estimator to join our Madison office. The successful candidate is capable of taking ownership and leading in the preparation of a complete estimate or proposal. The aspiring applicant will also be adept at identifying risk and opportunities and developing a win strategy.
Responsibilities essential to this position include:

  • Preparation of thorough, accurate and timely estimates.
  • Assist in the development of written proposals for value type pursuits.
  • Lead in the presentation and review of estimates.
  • Gather site and market information pertinent to bid preparation.
  • Manage material take-off and quantity surveying.
  • Work with the Administration group to ensure bid bond, insurance and document review requirements are met.
  • Develop safe, high quality approaches to construction.
  • Source best value subcontractors and suppliers while working with our Purchasing Department.
  • Manage the request for quotations process and any special interest requirements.
  • Accumulate, evaluate, and document historical cost data.
  • Organize and prepare bid close documents.
  • Review special requirements with the Chief Estimator.
  • Maintain addendum control.
  • Complete general expense entries and preliminary construction schedule.
  • Ensure that all bid forms are completed and properly prepared.
  • Complete the as-bid estimate.
  • Lead estimate turnover on successful projects.

Position Requirements:

  • 10 years of progressive experience as a civil estimator on heavy civil projects or by project management experience is required.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or Construction Management is required.
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication and strong interpersonal skills are requisite.
  • Ability to estimate multiple projects at the same time with proven time management skills. The ability to work independently or as a member of a team. A strong work ethic to complete tasks in a high quality manner. A solid attention to detail with the ability to be a problem solver.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and HCSS is required.
  • Knowledge in Primavera/MS Project, CAD and digital take off programs is desirable.


  • Salary dependent on experience
  • Vehicle provided
  • Health, Long and Short Term Disability
  • 401 k
  • Paid Vacation
  • Bonus