Estimating Jobs in Engineering

Estimator jobs in an oil and gas engineering firm are about processing and analyzing complex datasets to produce cost estimates for each project stage.

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Estimators are the ultimate consumers of all information on a large project, working with engineering, drafting, and design, as well as project management and project controls to compile all variables and produce a cost.

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The information on this page is not a current job opportunity, it is a general description of the job an Estimator performs at Vista. We might not be hiring right now but we always look to expand our network of talented people. If you’re interested in working at Vista in an estimating role, we encourage you to apply for future opportunities.

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Estimating Jobs in Calgary

Professional estimators interact with the engineering team and other departments to verify the integrity of data inputs and ensure no detail goes unaccounted for in a cost estimate. As with most jobs available with Vista, our estimating jobs are located in Calgary, Alberta, either at our head office or a nearby satellite office.

The expectations for each position are detailed below. If you are interested in pursuing a career in estimating, we encourage you to join our candidate network by applying for future opportunities.

Estimator

Main Duties and Competencies

The estimator will develop and support cost control and project management systems, processes, resources, and tools. Key duties include:

  • Working with the lead estimator to plan, estimate and control costs on projects
  • Planning, scheduling and coordinating for timely delivery of capital estimates
  • Delivering estimates for varying project sizes
  • Estimating capital costs within work breakdown and coding structures
  • Maintaining cost histories, commodity data management, and market tracking
  • Estimating capital costs, budgeting, and forecasting
  • Providing accurate financial control, analysis of drivers and timely reporting
  • Analyzing risks to the project estimate and schedule
  • Taking complete ownership and autonomy of work product, output, and recommendations
  • Continuously interacting with Vista project managers to schedule and prioritize estimates
  • Closely interacting with client corporate finance teams and project managers
  • Assisting in the preparation of cost studies to assist in the selection of economical designs
  • Preparing estimates for contract scope changes or extra work order
  • Performing other duties as requested

Requirements

  • High-school diploma or equivalent with a strong technical background
  • Strong understanding of project cost estimation with superior analytical skills and expertise in financial analysis, modeling and budgeting methodologies
  • Ability to meet safety requirements to attend site visits
  • Advanced MS Excel skills to successfully analyze and interpret data

Preferred

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering
  • AACE accreditation (CCE/CCC/CCT)
  • Five (5) years of cost estimation and control experience, focused on large-cap projects
  • Experience working in oil and gas, particularly in well pads, pipelines and SAGD
  • Focus on quality with acute attention to detail
  • Strong communication and influencing skills
  • Understanding of unit price development and benchmarking

Estimating Lead

Main Duties and Competencies

As a contributing member of the Project Services team, the lead estimator will be required to work closely with project managers to estimate work on project plans. This position will require a strong commitment to excellence in the development and support for cost control and project management systems, processes, resources, and tools. Key duties include:

  • Leading, mentoring and building a high-performance team, including completing performance reviews
  • Delivering estimates on projects of varying sizes
  • Working with the project’s director to plan, estimate, and control costs on major SAGD heavy oil projects
  • Planning and scheduling capital projects
  • Estimating capital costs, budgeting, and forecasting
  • Providing accurate financial control, analysis of drivers, and timely reporting
  • Analyzing risks to project estimates and schedules
  • Taking complete ownership and autonomy of work product, output, and recommendations
  • Closely interacting with client corporate finance teams and project managers
  • Periodically reviewing departmental process, procedures and standards, identifying areas of improvement, deficiencies and taking the necessary corrective action to maintain quality
  • Planning, scheduling and managing responsibilities, objectives and project milestones for the team
  • Managing team performance, including mentoring and coaching direct reports
  • Providing input to, and participating in, Human Resources activities, including recruitment, terminations, and discipline
  • Performing other duties as requested

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering
  • At least seven (7) years of cost estimation and control experience working on large-cap projects
  • Ability to meet safety requirements to attend site visits
  • Experience on SAGD projects
  • Strong understanding of project cost estimation with superior analytical skills and expertise in financial analysis, modeling and budgeting methodologies
  • Advanced MS Excel skills to successfully analyze and interpret data
  • Focus on quality with acute attention to detail
  • Strong communication and influencing skills

Preferred

  • AACE certification
  • Ten (10) years of cost estimation and control experience on large-cap projects

Apply for Future Estimating Job Opportunities

For over 30 years, the success of our business has hinged on the quality of our people. We are always on the lookout for talented individuals who are also smart, humble, honest and hardworking. These qualities are part of life at a top employer. If working at Vista appeals to you, please use the button below to apply for future estimator opportunities.

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