McCarthy Building Companies

Sacramento, CA
  • As one of the oldest American-owned construction companies with offices nationally, knowing how to build from early in the design phase through completion is a tradition that will continue as we endeavor to advance the value of our expertise and deliver the highest quality, job-site safety and ultimately, the best final project costs. We strive to challenge and positively impact our industry. Unlike many firms of our size, we are true builders, surpassing client expectations on the most complex building challenges. McCarthy has built in nearly every state, with projects ranging in size from $1 million to well over $500 million in a wide variety of markets including healthcare, university, laboratory & science, K-12 education, commercial, government, renewable energy and heavy/civil. McCarthy is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer regardless of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious beliefs, marital status, genetic information, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


    Position Summary:

    McCarthy’s Preconstruction and Estimating team are looking to add an Estimator to our Northern California offices. The Estimator’s position establishes the fundamental principles for an individual’s growth and success within McCarthy’s Preconstruction career path. The Estimator will participate in all aspects of the bid/estimating process, including but not limited to –review of plans and specs, soliciting and negotiating prices with subcontractors/suppliers, quantity take-off, pricing, scoping and bidding of construction process. This role is highly collaborative and will work closely with McCarthy’s internal teams as well as external suppliers, owners, architects and engineers.

    Key Responsibilities:

    Estimating Support for Projects

    • Performs quantity take-offs.
    • Assists in the pricing and bidding of construction projects.
    • Communicates with architects and consultants to clarify scope of work, materials, and schedule requirements, and documents these clarifications.
    • Conducts reviews of milestone documents for the development and pricing of value alternative opportunities.
    • Actively participates in the internal estimate review process.
    • Assists with final assembly of estimate for presentation to owner.
    • After the bid, collects and organizes all bid information for future reference.
    • Aids field operations with change order pricing if needed.

    Subcontractor Analysis for Bids

    • Directs, coordinates and provides information and documents to subcontractors.
    • Prepares contractual exhibits for scope of work for subcontracts.
    • Participates in hard bid/estimating and GMP budgeting activities by soliciting subcontractor support and evaluating bids.

    Industry Knowledge / Relationships

    • Builds relationships with subcontractors to obtain a competitive advantage for McCarthy.
    • Attends industry events and represents McCarthy to the industry in a professional capacity.
    • Builds and maintains relationships with internal McCarthy clients.
    • Keeps current with latest estimating technology and techniques.

    Skills & Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Engineering or related major
    • Basic knowledge of estimating technology and tools such as On-Screen Takeoff (OST), Building Information Modeling (BIM), Assemble, Revit and Bluebeam or related software required.
    • Ability to read and interpret drawings and specifications required
    • Must demonstrate behaviors consistent with McCarthy core values while maintaining a “value added” approach to estimating.
    • Strong math and analytical skills with attention to detail required.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills required.
    • General knowledge of construction principles and processes, as well as negotiated/hard bids and GMP processes preferred.


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