McGuire and Hester is a construction company that provides complete site work services: pipelines, grading paving, concrete, landscape and mechanical.  In addition to traditional project delivery methods, we are involved with design build projects and alternative delivery methods.  McGuire and Hester has played an integral role in the construction of many of Northern California’s most recognizable landmarks and infrastructure projects. Our storied past crosses more than nine decades.  Our mission statement is, “Together We Build Things Right” which encompasses our business philosophy as well as our values and culture.  We have a team environment that focuses on the greater good, resulting in a fantastic place to work that positively impacts our business partners and community.

Job Summary

An Estimator I gathers data and assists Senior Estimators with the preparation of cost estimates for all materials, labor and miscellaneous costs and fees to put together project bids.

Typical Duties

  • Recognize positive safety habits and practices, analyze job site conditions for hazards and create bid to allow for implementation of best practices that ensure worker safety and safety compliance.
  • For each bidding assignment acquire plans, specifications, soil reports, historical bid files and historical job cost information necessary to perform a detailed estimate. Coordinate needed quantity takeoff with Construction Technology Manager.
  • Ensure takeoff is performed correctly and efficiently.
  • Have a thorough knowledge of the plans and specifications.
  • Analyze project information and determine/write RFI as needed.
  • Assist in preparing a synopsis of pertinent or unusual requirements; determine construction method, personnel and equipment required and provide coordination for the estimating team for the specific project.
  • Solicit subcontractor material quotes as required and maintain documentation for all good faith efforts in accordance with specifications.
  • Assist in developing a preliminary schedule to determine the length of time necessary for pricing of general conditions.
  • Understand all aspects of the bid proposal including; pricing based on labor productivity, crew types and listed requirements.
  • Assist in the preparation of detailed estimates. Assemble information for each bid into organized bid packages/files.
  • As assigned, complete estimate in a timely manner with ample time to review with the assigned reviewer.
  • Review the estimate with the assigned reviewer with adequate time before the bid is due.
  • On successful bids prepare “buy out” package (purchase orders, subcontracts, job folder and detailed budget) as appropriate.
  • Post bid, schedule and review entire estimate with the operations team.
  • Assist operations team to special conditions at the Pre-Job Partnering meeting.
  • Attend project close-out meeting with the Project Manager.
  • Work with the operations team to develop scope of work to be reviewed with the subcontractors and participate in subcontractor scope review meetings.
  • Assist with Group runoff schedule.
  • Assist in production rate analysis.
  • Travel to jobs in progress to relate actual construction estimate; coordinating these activities with the Area Manager. Assist with monthly review of jobs projections.
  • Assist operations team with change order pricing as needed.
  • Support employee development activities and mentor less experienced team members.
  • Understand and assist with pricing the cost of any one system or component of a large project or all components of a smaller project.
  • Maintain good client and business partner relationships.


Besides a competitive salary and the best retirement package in the industry we offer:

  • Company Vehicle
  • Family medical, dental and vision
  • Company Stock (ESOP)
  • 401k Employer Match
  • Bonus Program
  • Continuing Education Reimbursement
  • PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sabbatical Program
  • Personal Financial Planning

We are confident that our retirement plan is the best in the industry.

McGuire and Hester is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Applicants are considered on the basis of skills, experience and qualifications without regard to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, union affiliation and any other basis protected by federal, state, local law, ordinance or regulation.

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