Rochester, MN


Knutson Construction is accepting applications for an Estimator to join our team in our Rochester office. “Together We Make Dreams Real” – that’s our purpose as a company and we exist to work in concert with each other, owners, design professionals, and subcontractors to make the journey as stress-free as possible. Together, we’ve created a dynamic, fun, inspiring environment where we can be ourselves and grow each day. At Knutson, opportunities to shine happen daily. We value what makes you different and empower you to act on your ideas. Our culture is one that encourages, supports, and feels like a family.

This position is responsible to provide timely and accurate takeoffs / estimates to help secure profitable construction projects for Knutson Construction.

The key job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Prepares accurate takeoffs for self perform work to increase the probability of providing profitable work for Knutson Construction.
  • Quantifies concrete, masonry, demotion, and carpentry using 2D or 3D estimating software.
  • Assists with pricing labor, material, and equipment using historic data, past experience, supplier, and rental firm pricing.

Hard Bid / Negotiated Projects:

  • Prepares accurate estimates for small project Hard Bids to secure profitable work for Knutson Construction.
  • Prepares cost analyses to include equipment, general conditions, materials, and labor under the leadership of senior estimating staff.
  • Works with Estimating and Operation departments on analyzing bids on bid day.
  • Completes subcontractor solicitation in a professional manner to meet goals for winning profitable new work.
  • Works with senior-level estimating staff to successfully pursue negotiated projects.
  • Develops accurate quantity takeoff and cost models using 2D and 3D software under the supervision of senior-level estimators.
  • Prepares documentation for each milestone estimate.
  • Works closely with Operations and senior-level estimators on subcontractor analysis and buyout processes on negotiated projects.
  • May attend interviews on project pursuits for a learning experience.

Miscellaneous Items:

  • Attends post mortem reviews on projects to determine reasons for profitability or reasons for financial losses, and incorporates lessons learned in future bids
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with stakeholders to promote profitable project wins and position Knutson Construction for future opportunities.
  • Develops and executes plans to continuously improve subcontractor relationships.
  • Keeps senior level estimators informed of key issues/opportunities that impact project success.
  • Delivers the Knutson Experience.
  • Continuously works to enhance personal skills/abilities to retain a motivated, professional workforce for Knutson Construction.
  • Identifies training and/or development opportunities that will assist them in achieving enhanced job performance and/or career objectives.
  • Works closely with senior level staff to promote and leverage the use of technology by staff; attends REVIT training to stay abreast of available technology for 3D estimating.
  • Respond to and complete all other duties, tasks and/or projects as assigned

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong planning, problem solving, and troubleshooting skills in a cross functional environment
  • Individual must be collaborative and positive
  • Highly organized, able to prioritize and multi-task
  • Ability to travel to various construction sites; ability to physically review project sites which may involve use of stairways and mobilizing around the existing landscape.
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time using a computer and reading plans/specifications.
  • Ability to lift bid documents (plans and specifications) as needed, which can weigh up to 50 pounds.

Minimum Education and/or Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Architecture or a related field and (0) years of construction related experience or an Associate’s Degree in a construction related field and 3+ years of construction related experience.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.