Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: P0004 / Construction Cost Estimator
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under indirect supervision, facilitates and coordinates the development of accurate, timely and detailed cost estimates in the execution of major and minor capital and construction projects at all University property and leased sites. Assesses cost effectiveness of products, projects, and/or services. Coordinates and/or participates in the coordination of project implementation as a member of various capital and construction project teams.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Prepares Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) estimates for projects and products by analyzing costs, materials, labor, bid documentation, and specifications associated with each project.
  2. Designs, implements, and maintains cost estimating database(s) using various software applications.
  3. Reviews drawings and specifications to determine costs and assists in value management on projects; evaluates third-party estimates and tracks market costs to validate estimates.
  4. Collaborates with project managers in the preparation of contracts and subcontracts and the negotiation of revisions, changes, and additions to contractual agreements with general contractors, architects, clients, and suppliers.
  5. Participates in the analysis of proposed and pending capital funding requests.
  6. Provides reports on various projects ranging from small - to large-scale by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing cost information and trends.
  7. Provides technical guidance and direction to project managers in regards to specialized methodologies, techniques, principles, and/or processes related to estimating; serves as subject-matter expert to internal and external constituents as it relates to cost estimating.
  8. Maintains currency of knowledge with respect to relevant state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree from an accredited institution in construction management or related field may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of current applied techniques in project estimating from conceptual state to final detailed estimating.
  • Knowledge of cost estimating software and tracking to create a database tool for cost estimating and forecasting.
  • Knowledge of building information modeling as an estimating data tool.
  • Knowledge of building construction, materials, and methods.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and local building codes, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Ability to read and interpret plans and specifications.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Skill in the use of estimating software programs, such as CostWorks, AutoCAD and Microsoft programs.
  • Knowledge of computer spreadsheet software.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex, detailed technical instructions.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.
  • Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise.
  • Knowledge of critical path milestones and construction schedule impact to costs.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Work is performed in a typical office environment with visits to construction sites and facilities.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 08/04/2018