Company Overview:

Adolfson & Peterson Construction, one of the nation’s top contractors, is recruiting for an experienced Assistant Estimator for our Southwest region.   We combine more than 70 years of construction expertise with the newest technologies in order to meet our clients' needs.  We serve owners, architects, and developers with a commitment to teamwork and quality and are constantly looking for people to help us achieve our company goals.

The Assistant Estimator will provide detailed conceptual estimates from pre-construction schematic and design documents and detailed construction estimates from construction plans and specifications.  Project scopes are generally less than $5 million or for one component on large, complex projects.

Because safety is paramount to AP and embedded into everything we do, all team members are responsible for working safely within our Incident and Injury Free culture.

Key Accountabilities of the role include:

  1. Take personal responsibility for working safely within an incident and injury free culture
  2. Prepare bids, conceptual cost models, and budgets; perform analyses of construction documents and project program requirements
    • Monitor field production to establish data base pricing; quantify bid take-offs
    • Complete pricing and take-offs for scopes of work; review pricing and take-offs prior to pre-bids; set up bid spreadsheets 
    • Review plans and specs; assemble accurate General Conditions costs
    • Prepare documents for bid day including owner bid docs, insurance/bonding, schedules, timeframes, etc.
    • Prepare back-up documentation
    • Participate in the buyout process
    • Create and organize scope comparisons of subcontractor and vendor bids
  3. Provide technical support on constructability, schedule, phasing, and staffing
    • Review plans and specs; understand and apply constructability of the project to the estimate format and costing; discuss and establish bid strategies, concerns, and advantages
    • Collaborate with Senior Estimators to set goals for the assigned area related to percentage of award, accuracy of takeoffs, completeness of scopes, coverage, etc.
    • Identify and recommend functional procedure and policy changes
    • Make recommendations about the selection of subcontractors upon notice of award
  4. Build subcontractor and supplier relationships; facilitate bids and presentations
    • Collaborate with Senior/Chief Estimators to define work scopes for subcontractors; define major or priority subcontractors and suppliers
    • Monitor coverage and solicit new subcontractors; improve existing subcontractor relationships
  5. Build and facilitate collaborative team processes among project participants
    • Attend pre-construction proposals
    • Provide team leadership for assigned project bid closings
    • Correspond with architects and engineers during the bid process
    • Attend and participate in industry and subcontractor events
  6. Other responsibilities as assigned


  1. History of experience and proven results including:
    1. Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management or related field equivalent and 2+ years of estimating or pre-construction experience
    2. General knowledge of estimating principles/policies
    3. Proficient in detailed estimate organization and take-off including being well versed in conceptual estimating/schematic estimating
    4. Strong familiarity with project schedules and durations for various types of facilities
    5. Experience using Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with estimating software; MC2 experience a plus
  2. Demonstrated integrity and ethical standards
  3. Strong analytical and logic skills with the ability to maintain a high degree of precision on detailed work
  4. Developed skills (written, oral, and listening) in order to effectively communicate with diverse audiences
  5. Ability to efficiently manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously under time constraints
  6. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build successful and lasting relationships


  • Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance
  • Health Savings Account
  • 401(k)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Dependent & Medical Reimbursement)
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) and Holidays
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Employee Referral Bonus

Adolfson & Peterson Construction is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.