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Estimator - Utilities and/or Heavy Civil

Estimator - Utilities and/or Heavy Civil

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About the Company:

COP Construction LLC ("COP"), established in 1947, is a general contractor working predominantly in Montana, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. COP specializes in the following types of work: bridges, dams, concrete structures, water, sanitary sewer and storm drain utilities, water and sanitary sewer treatment plants, containment ponds, subdivisions, general site work, and recreational facilities. COP works successfully with clients in both the public and private sectors. We are driven by our commitment to safety, excellence and integrity. We employ approximately 300 full-time personnel with a diverse range of expertise. Many of our people have been with the company for decades. With access to this vast resource of experience and knowledge, we have the ability to create the perfect team for every project. Offices are located in Billings, MT, Salt Lake City, UT, and Sheridan, WY, with field offices at project sites.


 Working at COP:

  • Best in class pay, bonuses and an excellent benefits package including 100% company paid family health, dental and vision insurance for you and your family. COP also offers an excellent 401k match, paid time off, holidays, company provided vehicle and much more!
  • Work for an excellent company with a rich 70+ year history! 
  • COP is the right fit for you!
  • Have a work-life balance working for COP!
  • Work for COP, build America & the communities where we live & work!
  • We have fun together at work and outside of work by attending company sponsored events such as baseball, basketball, hockey games and more.
  • COP provides excellent growth opportunities to our people, we promote from within.
  • We believe our Core Values are the key to the success of our culture, and we live by them.
  • Be part of a growing and successful team. Come join the COP family!


About the Position:

An estimator, personally or through collaboration, estimates utility and/or heavy civil construction projects from inception to completion of each assigned project to achieve overall company objectives to maximize likelihood of success and insure profitability. Estimator will develop new business opportunities relative to existing clients. Must have direct knowledge and experience in concrete and/or underground utility installation. Must have a minimum of 5 years direct experience in a hard bid construction environment.


While other duties may be assigned, the essential duties and responsibilities of this position include the following:

  • Reads and understands the controlling project specifications.
  • Attends pre-bid meetings and other meetings as necessary.
  • Prepares pre-qualification documentation.
  • Reviews and performs quantity takeoff from the project drawings.
  • Solicits and supports subcontractors interested in performing work on the project.
  • Solicits and verifies product vendors proposing to supply products to be incorporated into the project.
  • Develops material cost information for specific project types.
  • Coordinates bids and obtains and analyzes bids on projects from subcontractors and vendors.
  • Visits the site of the project to understand specific requirements for the project.
  • Coordinates and documents specific onsite investigations (i.e. test holes).
  • Applies industry and company production rates to the various tasks required by the project.
  • Identifies specific equipment and labor requirements.
  • Prepares accurate pricing of estimates, including labor, material and subcontract items.



  • 5 years direct experience estimating in hard bid construction environment. Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and/or construction related field preferred.
  • The ability to work under only general supervision and exercise the necessary discretion and independent judgment to accomplish the specialized and technical aspects of the position.
  • Knowledge, skills and abilities typically needed for competent performance include but are not limited to the following:
    • Experience and proficiency (intermediate to expert level) in the use of PC with Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, etc.)
    • Experience using various forms estimating software programs.
    • Experience using HCSS is preferred, however other software may be acceptable such as, Hard Dollar, SharpeSoft, etc.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills.


Successful candidate must meet all conditions of COP's Drug and Alcohol testing requirements as a condition of employment.  Drug/alcohol screening is administered post-offer and pre-employment.


COP provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. COP Construction LLC complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.


In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), both the analysis of work and the position description must focus on essential functions and what are actually required and not the ways they are currently or customarily performed. “The term essential function means the fundamental job duties of the employment position the individual with a disability holds or desires.”  (Reference 29 CFR §1630.2(n)(1).)  The physical demands for this position is as follows: stretching, walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching and/or crawling; reaching, handling, talking, hearing; seeing; or other demands.


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