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Hoffman Construction Company Mechanical Project Cost Engineer / Estimator in Sunnyvale, California

Position Summary: The Mechanical Cost Engineer will work within the Cost department and will report directly to the Cost Manager. They will work closely with the Project Managers, Construction Managers, and Superintendents. The Mechanical Cost Engineer will review subcontractor change order requests to validate costs are fair and reasonable and will assist in project cost forecasting. This position will be fully at the project site located in Sunnyvale, CA.

SALARY RANGE: $82,000 - $121,000 DOE


Hoffman is building a diverse company, and we welcome all candidates to apply.  We are seeking candidates to work in Sunnyvale, CA on a large semi-conductor manufacturing project.

Headquartered in the Pacific Northwest, the Hoffman Construction name is synonymous with some of the most iconic projects in the region like the Portland International Airport, the Space Needle Century Project, MoPOP, Seattle Central Library, Colman Dock, Randall Children's Hospital, and the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. 

Our company has been in business for over a century, but we are not stuck in the past. We encourage innovation, and we welcome diversity.  

Hoffman is employee-owned, which means employee owners have a stake in the company's long-term success, and it means you have the freedom and independence to solve challenges without bureaucratic second-guessing. 

You will earn highly competitive pay, get professional skills training, and enjoy benefits like free primary healthcare for you and your family through our dedicated healthcare clinics, health insurance, paid time off, a generous retirement program and a culture of inclusion and acceptance. 

The people who work here take pride in their work, support each other, and drive our commitment to exceptional construction, from urban high-rise towers, educational buildings, museums and libraries to advanced technology, industrial manufacturing facilities, water treatment plants, healthcare facilities and more.  

Hoffman is a place where you can feel like you belong. Many of our employees have been here for 20+ years. They often join us straight out of college or apprenticeships and grow their entire careers here.  

We are looking for people with a wide range of talents in positions from the jobsite to our corporate offices. Explore our website (https://www.hoffmancorp.com/careers/) , and, if you like what you see, apply today.    

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Setup and maintain job cost reports, including budgets, commitments, forecasts, yet to buys, contingencies, and spends.

  • Track costs by bid package, field order, and specific category of change as defined by the client.

  • Setup and maintain project indicators, including visual graphics.

  • Work with subcontractors and equipment/material vendors to validate cost proposals.

  • Monthly reconciliation of project cost reports.

  • Interpret design documents, construction documents, and technical manuals to quantify materials required for construction.

  • Perform quantity take-offs to validate subcontractor proposals.

  • Prepare and manage cost authorization packages.

  • Summarize quantities of materials in an orderly fashion.


Position Related Skills

  • Proficient in Windows and Microsoft Office 365 (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Teams), and have a general understanding of working within a computer network.

  • Experience with project management software such as Prolog, Procore, E-Builder, Bluebeam, Microsoft Project, and Primavera Project Planner (P6).

  • Experience with design software such as AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks.

  • Training in design and construction document reading, design specifications, survey theory and techniques.

  • Experience in organizing technical data in a neat and accurate method. Familiar with CSI specification system for construction.

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of all aspects of mechanical construction.

  • Highly developed visual observation and interpretation skills.

  • Ability to work well and maintain a cooperative attitude through high-pressure situations.

  • Excellent time-management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work while frequently interrupted by phone calls and questions on work in progress.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with an ability to develop strong interpersonal relationships.

  • Ability to work closely with variety of trade and craft people in a field work situation. Patience and professionalism are essential.

  • Must be a strong team player with the ability to collaborate with various personnel within and across departments and at all levels of leadership.

  • Work schedule must be flexible to allow extended hours or off-shift work to accommodate changing construction schedule and sequences.

Professional Experience and Education

  • A minimum of two (2) years construction estimating experience required.

  • Specific experience in industrial and/or hi-tech semiconductor manufacturing projects is preferred.

  • High School diploma or GED required.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Construction Management, or equivalent degree and/or equivalent field work experience required.

  • Education background in materials and methods of construction.

Physical and Mental Requirements:

  • Standing/Walking/Sitting: workday is combination of standing, walking and sitting.

  • Must be able to climb stairs: 5% of day. 

  • Hands/Arms: constant use of hands/fingers for mouse/keyboard/computer use. 

  • Sight: visual acuity in near, mid, and far range vision. Color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, hand/eye coordination. 

  • Hearing: sufficient to hear conversational levels in person and over the telephone.

  • Speech: sufficient to make oneself heard in person, speak in front of groups, and be understood over the telephone.

  • Lift/Carry: Up to 20lbs. Computer/drawings - minimal.

  • Bending/Twisting: minimal. 

  • Kneeling/Crouching/Crawling: minimal. 

  • Constant mental alertness, accuracy, and attention to detail required. 

  • Must be able to work independently, make decisions, and follow through on all assignments. 

  • Must use creativity, independent judgment, and organizational and problem-solving skills to determine best method to accomplish desired results. 

  • Must be able to plan and organize work. 

  • Must possess strong organizational and computer use skills and have a high level of competency to read/write/speak English, interpret construction related documentation and communicate with coworkers. 

Application review will consider without limitation the following criteria: qualifications, education and experience specific to the job description/duties as well as prior experience with Hoffman Construction. Applicants must be able to pass the Hoffman Drug and Alcohol test.

Hoffman Construction is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

This job description is intended to outline the general nature and level of work being performed by employees. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of responsibilities, duties, or skills required of the employee of this job. Furthermore, this description is subject to change at the discretion of the company, with or without notice. 

* Please note, we are not able to offer sponsorship or relocation for this position *


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