Wohlsen Construction Company

  • Estimator - Pennsylvania Region

    Job Locations US-PA-Lancaster
    Posted Date 1 month ago(12/11/2018 8:02 AM)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    Wohlsen Construction, a top 400 ENR firm with over 125 years in the construction business has an immediate need for an experienced Estimator.  Working from our Office in Lancaster PA, and reporting to the Chief Estimator, the Estimator will take the project, mentally build the project, pull the necessary components together and establish, in an accurate manner, the anticipated cost of the project.


    If you are interested in joining a premier growing commercial construction firm with a stellar reputation in its industry then this is the opportunity you've been looking for. Our growth has been tremendous as we continue to expand throughout the Mid Atlantic region. Great career growth potential, along with the opportunity to pursue career paths in Operations and/or Administration.


    Essential Job Functions:

    • Reviews drawings and specifications to determine quantities and calculate pricing.
    • Communicates, solicits and interacts with sub-contractors in various trades to obtain pricing for projects.
    • Determines quantities of materials in various trades by using estimating department software: Quantity Take off, Timberline.
    • Attends pre-bid meetings and site visits to assess the conditions of the site or existing building, as necessary.
    • Solicits and receives subcontractor bids, reviewing for scopes of work and pricing for completeness.
    • Communicates with bidders for final overview and assures completeness of bid prior to inclusion in an estimate, bid or guaranteed maximum price (GMP).
    • Reviews drawings and specifications for assigned portions of Preconstruction Projects to calculate budgets from schematic through final construction documents as assigned.
    • Communicates with team members, bid captains, estimating manager and others as required to convene scopes, pricing, construction details, etc.


    Other Functions:

    • Develops an understanding for various building construction types including structural systems, building skin and exteriors systems, various finishes, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
    • Develops and/or improves the ability to understand different trades required to estimate and construct a building.
    • Improves the ability to understand the scopes of work and work between scopes. 
    • Attends kick-off meeting with Estimators, Project Manager and Superintendents.
    • Assists in presentations to owners and architect as needed.
    • Visits active construction sites to assist in costing of projects.
    • Assists in purchasing/buying of subcontractors and suppliers to perform work for the company.




    • Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in Engineering, Construction Technology, Architecture or similar field of study.
    • 3-10 years of construction experience
    • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and ability to communicate effectively with contractors and fellow employees.
    • Understands various building construction types including structural systems, building skin and exteriors systems, various finishes, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
    • Has an understanding of construction management, architecture or engineering.
    • Understands different trades required to estimate and construct a building.  Understands the scopes of work and work between scopes. 
    • Coachable.
    • Physical ability to make presentations
    • Ability to work additional hours as necessary to meet business plan objectives
    • Valid Driver’s License
    • Ability to travel to other regional offices as required in support of local estimating projects
    • Authorization to work in the United States indefinitely without restriction or sponsorship

    Wohlsen Construction provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

    This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.



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