Construction Cost Estimator

Location: Columbia, SC

Construction Cost Estimator - Heavy Civil Work, Site Development, Utilities, and Demolition

Location: Columbia, SC

We are seeking a seasoned estimator to join our team as a Construction Cost Estimator. In this role, you will be responsible for bidding on site development projects ranging from $500k to $20M. The projects will involve heavy civil work such as grading, utilities, and demolition. This position reports to the Preconstruction Director and is based at our headquarters in Columbia, SC.


  • We are a dynamic heavy civil site development company, specializing in projects ranging from infrastructure to mining. Our expertise includes site preparation, reclamation, mass excavation, utilities, landfill, and mining.
  • We are experiencing strong growth and have a robust pipeline of work.
  • Our markets include commercial, industrial, energy, municipal, and mining sectors.


  • Competitive pay and comprehensive benefits package, including:

Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage

401k plan with company match

Bonus eligibility

Company-provided laptop, phone, tablet, and cell phone allowance

Nonstop challenges and opportunities for growth

  • Full pipeline of work for over a year, with additional projects under consideration
  • Structured and organized work environment with involved ownership/management
  • Commitment to work/life balance


  • Estimate construction projects ranging from $500k to $20M
  • Prepare estimates for self-performed work, including labor, equipment, and material costs
  • Review and prioritize material and subcontractor quotations
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of construction assemblies and project phases
  • Develop accurate estimates from conceptual and schematic drawings
  • Produce detailed, final contract estimates
  • Analyze site exposures and construction risks to reflect in estimates
  • Identify constructability issues and propose value-engineering alternatives
  • Prepare construction handoff package and address field inquiries about cost estimates
  • Collaborate effectively with the team
  • Demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills
  • May require travel within SC, NC, and GA



Four-year degree in construction management, civil engineering, or equivalent (exceptions for exceptional candidates with practical experience)

Experience as an estimator for a heavy civil contractor

Proficiency in estimating grading, utilities, and demolition

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Project, etc.)
  • Experience with takeoff/modeling software like Agtek, Trimble Business Center, Carlson, or Cad
  • Experience with HCSS or B2W software is a plus
  • Valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record
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